Love is the Spirit of this Church & SERVICE is its Law.
At All Souls, service to the common good is our highest calling.
Here, you’ll find information about groups and teams you can serve through various volunteer and leadership roles and opportunities for care and connection.
Areas of opportunity include: Pastoral Care. Advocacy & Support. Social Justice.
Intercultural Work. Social Groups. Serving the Church.
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All Souls members receive pastoral care from our ministers and community.
To seek assistance from our pastoral care teams for yourself or another, contact one of the teams below.
Care Team: 24/7/365 | (918) 724-8326 (TEAM)
To volunteer with one of our pastoral care teams or for more information, email email@example.com.
The Care Team provides consistent and reliable pastoral care supporting our members spiritually and emotionally, 24/7.
ALL SOULS MEMBERS! Add the Care Team to your emergency call list for your family and the hospital.
Contact: 918.724.8326 (TEAM) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Care Team is made up of members of the church community who have received lay pastoral care training.
Friendly Souls supports members who may feel disconnected, by offering regular home visits.
Helping Souls provide support for members in a variety of ways including transportation to doctor’s appointments, preparing meals or caring for pets while members are in the hospital, rehab, or recovering from an illness.
The Life Decisions Team helps All Souls’ members prepare for death by providing information in various fields, including medicine, finances, counseling, hospice care and patients’ rights. Volunteers assist people understand and complete advance directives and other important end of life paperwork. Life Decisions works to educate and empower All Souls members and their families by providing up-to-date information in relevant fields as they define care priorities, navigate the health care system, and make vital decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Click here for online resources regarding Life Decisions and End of Life preparation.
Parish Nurses promote optimum health management of church members and their families by integrating spirituality with health education, counseling, referrals, and advocacy. Parish Nurses do not provide “hands on” acute or medical care.
Contact: email@example.com or 918.743.2805 ext. 325
The Shawl Ministry is a group of fiber artists who make a spiritual practice of creating shawls to give to people in our church community who are in need of comfort and solace. Members and friends infuse each shawl with positive intensions, prayers, hope, love, and healing. Completed shawls are blessed and sent along the way. We also make baby hats, blankets, booties and more. Knitters, crocheters, quilters and other fiber artists of all skill levels are welcome!
The Shawl Ministry is not meeting at this time.
Spirit Song offers the gift of song and spirit at the bedside of the dying. Singers and group leaders feel honored and grateful to be welcomed into a family’s intimate circle and to stand as loving witnesses to the sacred process of dying. We believe this practice is a step towards changing cultural attitudes and behaviors around death and dying. New singers are welcome.
Thursdays | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Advocacy & Support
All Souls Trekkers: Living Beyond Cancer
Diabetes Support Group
Do you or someone you know have diabetes? Join our free diabetes support group that is open to all! Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays at allsouls.me/dsg.
Healing and Holding Grief
Spiritual Dimensions of Grief
Sunday, December 18 | 1 pm RESCHEDULED
Facilitator Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar
Francis Weller said, “It was through the dark waters of grief that I came to touch my unlived life… there is some strange intimacy between grief and aliveness, some sacred exchange between what seems unbearable and what is most exquisitely alive.”
After the unexpected death of my daughter Sienna, at age 3, in 2006, I had to learn how to grieve. Along the way, I found friends and guides and gurus who showed me that grief is about much more than the psychological healing of emotions. There is a profound spiritual component that makes healing possible and deeply meaningful. For many years I’ve shared what I know about grief with people one on one. In this program we will explore these themes together.
Spiritual Tools for Grief and Loss
Sunday, January 8 | 1 pm
Facilitator Rev. Cathey Edwards
From writing a lament to reading a prayer to meditating to scanning for your body’s responses to grief, we’ll spend this one-time class sampling spiritual practices. They allows us to metabolize the pain of loss and continue living. It lets us open to love. By honoring what has passed away, we are free to embrace the life that is here.
Holiday Memorial Chapel
Wednesday, December 14 | 6:30pm
Participants of the grief session are encouraged to attend the All Souls Memorial Chapel service on December 16, 2022. During this time, we will remember loved ones who have passed away over the year. There will also be an opportunity to light candles and to speak out loud the names of other loved ones that one wishes to remember.
Holding Grief Support Group
Tuesday, every other week. 5:30- 7 pm (starting January 2023)
NAMI Family Support Group
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group support for the family members of a person with severe mental illness.
1st Thursday | 7 pm via Zoom
Contact to get Zoom access: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prostate Cancer Awareness Group
Support for prostate cancer patients and survivors.
One way we love beyond belief into action is through our work for justice in the larger community.
All Souls members are currently working toward justice in areas including advocacy with our local interfaith partners, international human rights work, anti-racism, poverty and hunger, criminal justice, environmental issues, homelessness, housing, LGBTQ rights, education, and reproductive justice.
All Souls Justice Council
The Justice Council works to coordinate all of the justice programs at All Souls with delegates from each group serving on the Council. Margo Mitchell is the chair and Carlos Moreno is the chair of the grant program, TulsaRISE.
All Souls International
All Souls International is the umbrella group for the Sienna Project, Nicaruagua Team, and our Partner Church teams.
The Sienna Project builds schools in indigent Mayan villages in the Guatemala highlands in honor of the Lavanhar’s late daughter Sienna. Eighteen All Souls volunteers will travel to Guatemala and build the second All Souls Sienna Project elementary school (and the 12th Sienna Project school) in January 2019. Come join us on our next trip in 2021!
Contact: Dianne Rusher at email@example.com
Nicaruagua Support Team
Offering the opportunity to learn more about economic justice, Nicaruagua, formerly Village Banking, supports microcredit projects through the work of JustHope in Nicaragua. We have historically supported banks in about 40 other locations in the developing world.
All Souls has a partnership with a Unitarian church in Énlaka, a beautiful Unitarian village in the hills of Romania. Our membership is enriched by this relationship and our cultural exchanges and visits. Travelers to Enlaka wanted!
All Souls ACTION
Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighborhoods.
ACTION All Souls works within the ACTION community coalition for an engaged, equitable community where all people have power to influence public decisions. We identify and explore the challenges affecting our city by listening to people, researching issues, strategizing for change, and standing together in solidarity.
Community Resource Bank (CRB)
The CRB fosters awareness about issues of poverty and hunger by responding to the hunger crisis by distributing material goods and food to our partner schools and partner agencies. Meets many times throughout each month. The CRB is a proud partner agency of Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
Green Team works toward environmental justice by supporting Earth-friendly practices in our church and community.
Work with community partners, represent All Souls at Tulsa Pride, address LGTBQ+ issues, and participate in LGTBQ+ events.
Events throughout the church year
Partners In Education (PIE)
Partners In Education is back in our partners schools after the pandemic!
Volunteers needed to sign up to be a positive and caring person in the lives of Tulsa students. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started as a volunteer!
PIE makes a difference in children’s lives by actively supporting the children, families, and staff at our partner schools: Unity Learning Academy, John Hope Franklin Elementary School and Monroe Demonstration Academy. Volunteer opportunities include special projects and enrichment activities with children such as: lunch or reading buddies, math tutors, field trip chaperones and drivers, volunteers, and class aids. Contact: email@example.com.
Please note: All volunteers must have a completed Background Questionnaire (required yearly for anyone volunteering in TPS.) on file at the school site.
To help with these opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- READING BUDDIES – 45 minutes a week.
- INCENTIVE STORE CLERKS, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., two Fridays a month.
Contact PIE@allsoulschurch.org to help out at Monroe!
- A NEW CHAPTER OF READING BUDDIES – “Walk to Read” small-group sessions with a volunteer, 30 minutes minimum, once a week. Training required.
- ARTS CHAPERONES: Go to an arts event once a month with students for Any Given Child productions. Meet them at the venue.
- A NEW TWIST INCENTIVE STORE: Help students cash in their earned Kindness Coupons at a table in the foyer. Weekly. 60 minutes.
If you would like to take advantage of one of these opportunities, contact Jenny Clyde, All Souls’ Unity coordinator, Jazyjen418@aol.com
Refugee Relief Team
This new, globally oriented human rights initiative was formed in September 2021 in response to the influx of 1800+ Afghan refugees being resettled in Oklahoma following a chaotic closure of the Afghanistan war. In anticipation of additional refugees from other countries, this team adjusted its scope to become inclusive of refugees from any country looking to resettle in the greater Tulsa area. As we assist refugees in transitioning their lives in Tulsa, this program has high potential to naturally expand into immigration advocacy supporting their path towards US citizenship.
To get involved with projects, email email@example.com.
All Souls Reproductive Justice team works to ensure that all people have the power and resources to make sexual and reproductive health decisions with self-determination. We support body autonomy, sex education, contraception, healthcare, and creating the families we want.
Voting is Power & UU the VOTE
Voting is Power (ViP) engages and empowers potential voters at All Souls, in Tulsa, and in communities across the country that are impacted by voter suppression. We do this through Voter Education, Voter Mobilization/Registration efforts, outreach to targets of voter suppression in other states through our partner organizations and building coalitions with other organizations in Tulsa. The ViP group serves as a broad gathering place for all who are interested in at least one area of voting rights and who want to learn more, and our committee structure also allows for more detailed planning in groups for those with narrower focus.
Keep informed and get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or joining the our UU the Vote-All Souls Tulsa Facebook Group!
Learn more about the national UU the Vote campaign at https://www.uuthevote.org/
Voting is Power has four main focus areas:
Voter Education led by Mary Jane Lindaman
Voter Mobilization (Local) Led by Floretta Reed
Voter Mobilization (National) led by Brian Cross
Partnership Building led by Lanetta Lyons and Sue Williams
Overall leadership/organization assistance is provided by Rev. Barbara Prose, Deanna Tirrell, and Amanda Shankle-Knowlton.
Day Alliance offers closer fellowship and cooperation through monthly luncheon meetings and programs of current interest. Its members aid in service to the church and community, particularly through Memorial receptions. Membership is open to all members and friends of All Souls by payment of annual dues according to the bylaws.
Day Alliance is our longest-standing group, originally formed in 1921 as the Women’s Alliance! Day Alliance is open to all. Join them for lunch and special programs that are engaging, fun, and educational.
Third Thursdays | 11:30 am
Friday Night Adventurers (FNA)
FNA meets most Fridays for dinner, adventure, and deeper connection and friendship. Contact Rick for the location.
Weekly | Location and time varies. Facilitated by Rick Gardner
Contact: email@example.com or call 918.706.5945
Work with community partners, represent All Souls at Tulsa Pride, address LGTBQ+ issues, and participate in LGTBQ+ events.
Events throughout the church year.
Men of All Souls Group
The mission of this group is to create and foster a strong organization for men, those who identify as men, 17 and older, and are interested in men’s issues. Events and meet ups throughout the year.
Supper Club offers monthly potluck events and lively conversation.
Second Saturdays in the evenings. Hosted in member’s homes.
Contact: Jennifer Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org
Unitarian Universalist Parents (UUPs)
UUPs is parents, grandparents, and caregivers working together to support each other. Activities include retreats, social action, the events for the whole family.
Meeting times and events to be announced.
Women of All Souls
The Women of All Souls group hosts events for women to be together, learn from each other, and grow as a community.
Engage with others on women’s issues, interests, creative expressions, social justice, and share in the ups and downs we all experience. Open to all who identify as women, gender non-conforming, and all ages. Facilitated by Quanah Scoggins, email@example.com.
The women’s group meets the second Tuesday of each month on Zoom at bit.ly/allsoulswomen
November 8: Election Night-hybrid watch party
December 3: Holiday Party Prep-in person-Bake cookies, wrap presents, & make craft kits.
Young at Heart
Young at Heart provides opportunities for mostly retired men and women to have lunch together, socialize over games, and stay current on church events and the community. All ages are welcome. Meets 1st Thursdays with lunch at 11:30 and games at 1 pm. Facilitated by Lynne Bootes, 909-730-7137
Serving the Church
Support the church with your time and talents.
Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to the church and help further our work of love beyond belief.
AV Team + CREATIVE & CONTENT CREATORS
The Book Store supports the church operating fund by offering access to books and other materials for the membership that reflect the diversity of All Souls. Inventory is determined by the Book Store volunteers as well as recommendations from the All Souls staff and members. We pride our selections by All Souls authors.
Contact: Dale Watts or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building & Repair Team
Thursdays | 10 am | All Souls
Work on a variety of projects to beautify and repair our church building. All experience levels welcome. Contact Jerry Burleson, email@example.com.
Children’s & Youth Programs
Teach and assist in our Children’s & Youth Religious Education classes K through high school. Children’s and Youth volunteers must complete a background check and have been involved with the church for a minimum of six months.
Garden & Grounds Team
Grounding in the Garden (Open to all!)
Wednesdays (2nd, 3rd, & 4th) | Starting at 8 am | 50° or above
1st Wednesday Garden Planning | 1:30 pm, Room120
All are welcome to join the Garden Team for gardening and planning each month. On gardening days, come prepared to get your hands dirty as we beautify our grounds and gardens! Direction and tools provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own. On planning days, bring your ideas and learn from our garden team, including horticulturalist, Terry Lastinger. Contact Kathy Hinkle for questions or more information.
We welcome past Garden Committee members and brand-new folks! The Garden Team is great for those who have downsized in their lives and no longer garden at home, who enjoy being in nature and sharing what they can do, to those with little or no experience but who enjoy learning by doing and have a lifetime of gardening ahead. And, just as important, those who may no longer be able to do the physical activity but will share their ideas and assist with tasks such as Record Keeping, Garden Book, and Tracking Donations!
We have a remarkable teacher, retired TCC Horticulture instructor, Terry Lastinger as well as the hands-on assistance from the Building & Grounds staff.
Vision: To change lives for the better through the generosity of the Church.
Mission: Encourage and guide intelligent giving to support positive change predominantly locally, then considers state, national and international depending on priority.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about joining this committee or to learn more.
In December 2004, All Souls members voted to model generosity, abundance, and possibility by giving our entire Sunday collections to agencies or programs supporting work or issues important to our congregation. The Board of Trustees commissioned a standing committee, the Generosity Committee, to work with the ministerial staff and Worship Team to develop a process for identifying possible recipients.
Our Memorial Guild members support our ministers in doing the sacred work of honoring loved ones who have passed. Contact Randy Lewis at email@example.com to learn more or to sign up.
Shuttle guests to church on Sunday mornings and for special events. Serve the church by driving the shuttle by singing up for for one shift a month or more. Shuttle drivers must be insured, have a valid drivers liscense and be at least 25.
Be a smiling face and welcome visitors, as a greeter, usher at Sunday services, assistant with Wednesday Connections, and help make memorials and life events memorable as part of our Welcoming Souls team!
Welcoming souls under the Membership Department is considered the ‘face of the church’. We welcome all who enter the church as well as those who attend on Zoom and Facebook. We support the Church with Ushers, Greeters, Welcome Desk attendants, Docents, Service Chat Hosts, Pre/Post Service Chat Hosts, Facebook Chat Host, assistance to the Ministers, and programs for visitors and new members.
Being a Welcoming Souls is a great way to get to know our members.