FAMILY, CHILDREN’S & YOUTH PROGRAMS
The mission of the All Souls Family, Children’s and Youth Programs is to foster the lifelong exploration of religious thought and values through a program that promotes spiritual development by means of free inquiry, mutual respect, and responsible behavior.
2021-2022 Children’s & Youth Registration
We are creating innovative, safe, and meaningful programs for all ages, and it is important that each family register annually for these programs. Children and youth who attend regularly build deeper connections, even on-line, and derive greater benefits from their lessons and shared community. Our schedule will be shifting and expanding with live zoom meetings, on-demand, and outside, physically-distant in-person meetings as we are able. Please keep us up to date on your information so that we can share the same with you!
ASK: All Souls Kids
Dive in to our interactive space where you can learn what All Souls has to offer our children and youth. Learn about the who, what, when, and how of All Souls Kids!
Sundays | 9 a.m. | allsoulschurch.org/live & All Souls Facebook
Join Shannon for a full, Family Chapel experience with hymns, songs, prayer, and children’s book reading. Find the Chapel or Sunday School message you need, when you need it on our YouTube Playlist!
Middle School, High School & Coming of Age
Middle & High School
Our middle and high school youth meet throughout the year to discuss the theme of the month and current events in an all-inclusive environment. They focus on what is important to them with an innate interest in Community Service, Social Action, World Religions, Racial, Cultural, Religious, and Environmental Justice issues, along with finding their own spark as they discover the world around them.
Coming of Age
In Coming of Age, our 9th and 10th graders learn about themselves, belief systems and UU history to develop their own Credo, which they deliver to the congregation on Coming of Age Sunday in the Spring after their pilgrimage to Boston.
One Sunday a year, we entrust our high school youth with creating a Youth Sunday service. The youth will create, select, and perform every bit of the service; from music to prayer to our Seniors sharing their sermons. This inspiring service will fill you with hope.
OWL: Our Whole Lives
OWL’s comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.
7th & 8th Grade Owl Mandatory Parent Meeting
Sunday, September 19 | 5 p.m. | Zoom: allsouls.me/owlparents
All Souls Unitarian Church is offering its life saving sex ed curriculum specifically geared to 7th and 8th grade students, and you do not want them to miss out. Read all of the details below, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name and grade and ask any easy questions (please save hard questions for the parent meeting) and come to the parent meeting. Even if your child has had previous Our Whole Lives or other sex ed classes or you have had other children in our programs, you must come to this meeting to meet these teachers and your fellow parents and find out what’s new. Spread the word. The more the merrier!
The All Souls Children’s and Youth Programs Department is opening enrollment for Middle School course of Our Whole Lives (OWL) sex education. This nationwide program was developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, with a series of sessions tailored to meet the needs of students entering their adolescent years. We are planning eight three-hour sessions which will include basic safety, sexuality, and hygiene messages and give us time to explore the aspects of friendships, relationships, dating, listening & communication skills, and community building, with an overall focus on respect for oneself and others within each of these contexts. Classes will begin on Sunday, September 26 and conclude on November 14.
Our goal is to prepare our students with the knowledge and understanding they need to maintain power and responsibility over their individual body and life. We will stress consequential decision-making with both positive and negative outcomes for each choice, including the important emotional and physical implications for their future. Throughout the decision-making process, our plan is to advocate OWL’s “Third Option,” which is postponement.
To encourage the best possible classroom environment, we are limiting the class size to no more than 20 students. Due to the extensive instructor training and additional supplies necessary for the new OWL course, there will be a fee of $50 per student for member families and a fee of $175 per student for not-yet-member families. Need-based scholarships for member families are available. Please contact Shannon Boston for more details. By responding to Shannon with your child’s name, you are putting them on the list guaranteeing them a spot in the class or at least on the waitlist. You are not promising to enroll your child in the class, only that you are interested and will come to the parent meeting to learn more.
Our instructors have each attended an intensive training conducted by national OWL leaders and have been certified to facilitate OWL curriculum. They are committed to providing each young person with an excellent education in these important topics, and they are excited to see the positive outcomes expected from this extensive course. They look forward to meeting you at the following parent meeting:
Parent Meeting Required: Sept. 19, 2021, 5 p.m. on Zoom
To enroll a youth in the OWL program, the custodial parent or guardian must sign a permission form and meet with one of our OWL instructors to discuss any questions or concerns they might have. You will also get to participate in some activities similar to those in the OWL classes.
We are very excited to be part of the village you have chosen to help raise your children.
POP! Parents of Pre-Schoolers
POP will resume in September of 2021.
What is POP?
POP (Parents of Preschoolers) is an easy video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5.
By engaging with POP videos, parents and caregivers will learn to understand their child’s spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see themselves as spiritual teachers!
How does POP work?
Each month, three short videos and worksheets will be shared with registered families. Enjoy working through the month’s videos and worksheet content at your own pace. At the end of the month, we’ll gather on Zoom with All Souls Religious Educator Shannon Boston, and fellow-parents and caregivers to check in and share what you have learned and experienced. The schedule of the monthly zoom will be determined by the group.
September 2021: Family Culture: What do we value?, Show & Tell, Doing together
October 2021: Living with Preschoolers: A Deeper Meaning, Patterns, Methods of Connection
November 2021: Building Rituals: The Elements of CALM, A CALM Ritual, Finding your CALM
December 2021: Storytelling: Tell Me Again, Your Sacred Stories, Once Upon A Time
January 2022: At the Table: Why We Gather, Questions, We Are Makers
February 2022: Let’s Play: Pete and Repeat, Light Bright, Imagine This
March 2022: Sleep Tight: The Witching Hour, Comfort and Connection, Say the Magic Words
April 2022: Teaching and Learning: Who Were You; Eat, Play, Rest, How to Be
May 2022: What’s Next?: Reflecting, To Be Continued, Onward
Virtual Sunday School
Sundays | 3 p.m. | Register: allsouls.me/sundayschool
Geared toward kids in grades K – 5, their siblings and families. We will create rituals, tells stories, share our glads and sads, and get to know each other better.
Adult Programs—including Wednesday Connections classes, Sunday discussion groups, and special events—are intentional, inclusive, and inspiring. We strive to cultivate a community of people who lead in all aspects of their lives, and to be living “beacons” for religious freedom, We encourage personal growth, diversity, and justice in our community and beyond.
All Souls Reads with Rev. Gerald Davis
All Souls Reads
Second Sundays | 1:30 p.m. | Register: allsouls.me/asr
All Souls Reads is a book discussion group that explores the human condition when encountering and overcoming oppressive circumstance. Rev. Gerald Davis facilitates each month.
November 14, 2021—Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo
December 12, 2021—Black Bottom Saints: A Novel by Alice Randall
January 9, 2022—The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
February 13, 2022—Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: A Memoir by Ursula Burns
March 13, 2022—Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet and How We Fight Back by Kate Aronoff
April 10, 2022—The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans and How We Can Fix It by Dorothy A. Brown
May 15, 2022—Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
October 10, 2021—Breathe: A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry
September 12, 2021—The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
* All books are available at Fulton Street Books & Coffee. Support your local Black-owned and operated businesses! https://bookshop.org/shop/fultonstreet
In Her Honor: Celebrating RBG's Contributions to Women's Rights
Presented by Women of All Souls
In Her Honor was a series of events celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s contributions toward women’s rights. The monthly presentations by notable women, from our community and beyond, celebrate and inform us of the progress women have made toward equality, equity, and justice.
All events from 2021:
October 12 – Hard Conversations with Onikah Asamoa-Caesar, Ashley Philippsen and Denita White
September 14 – Women’s Progress in Politics – Watch on YouTube
July 13 – An Evening with Joy Harjo – Watch on YouTube
June 8 – LGBTQ + Ruth with OKEQ – Watch on YouTube
May 11 – A Conversation with Dr. Tiffany Crutcher – Watch on YouTube
April 15 – RBG & Me: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Professor Amanda L. Tyler, with former Tulsa mayor, Kathy Taylor – Watch on YouTube
April 13 – Sex Appeal with Tulsa attorney Kirsten Bernhardt – Watch on YouTube
March 9 – To the Hilt: The RBG Ethos & Modern Medicine with Dr. Jennifer Clark – Watch on YouTube
IHH Mission: To grow a community of diverse, multi-generational women that value each member’s histories and life experiences, to celebrate the progress made in women’s empowerment and equality and to honor RBG’s role in that progress.
REWIRE & SHADZ: Racial Identity Work
Join the movement to unlearn and uproot racism, personally and systemically.
As we become more racially conscious as a congregation and a country, you may be feeling it’s time for you to engage. If so, please consider signing up for REWIRE, a racial identity group for white people to unlearn racism or connecting with other people of color around racial identity in our SHADZ program.
SHADZ (Formerly Mosaic) is a racial identity group for people of color which equips participants with tools to effectively challenge racism and develop allies across racial lines. For more information and to apply, email email@example.com.
REWIRE is a racial identity group for white people to unlearn racism. Participants explore racial identity formation and learn how to be effective allies for racial justice. Registration required. For more information and to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Souls Members: $ 150
Scholarships based on need available for members only. Become a member here.
- REWIRE 1: In small groups, meeting monthly, over an 8 month period, participants are invited to explore their own racial identity formation, break through conditioned ways of perceiving, feeling and thinking about race, and begin exploring how to be effective allies for racial justice.
- REWIRE 2: In small groups, meeting monthly, over an 8 month period, participants continue the exploration of their own racial identity formation, learn to use their own stories as teaching tools and embrace being effective allies for racial justice in their daily lives.
- REWIRE Facilitator Training: Participating in REWIRE is a way to unlearn and uproot racism, personally and systemically. Thanks to the increased demand, we have been focused on training facilitators and are very proud of our new 6-hour facilitator training module.
- The price for the Facilitator Training is $150 for All Souls Tulsa or Everywhere Members and Friends and $250 for non-members. Scholarships are possible for members and friends, so please apply.
Learn more about REWIRE at rewireinfo.org.
Sundays | 3 p.m. | Register to join: bit.ly/sundaycircle
Joe Nurre & Dan Piazzola moderates this conversational ministry from a spiritual point of view, governed by a commitment to our covenant.
Sundays | 9 a.m. | Register to join: bit.ly/asucsundaysalon
Joe Nurre moderates this weekly forum on current events. All opinions are respected, few questions are answered, and all answers are questioned.
At the heart of All Souls is connection with each other. All are welcome to benefit from these programs & many have opportunities to volunteer!
All Souls Trekkers: Cancer Advocacy and Support
Wednesdays | 5:30 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/astrekkers
Trekkers is a educational, advocacy support group open to all who are affected by the cancer experience, including care givers.
Men of All Souls
Tuesdays | 7 p.m. | Zoom: bit.ly/allsoulsmen
Men of All Souls offers the opportunity for those who identify as men to get acquainted and to deepen their bonds.
NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group offers education, advocacy, and support for all those affected by mental illness.
Third Tuesdays | 6:30 p.m. | allsouls.me/touchstone
In a facilitated small-group setting, members share their experiences with monthly themes like Hope, Forgiveness, and Justice. The Circles format moves us past superficial conversation to a sacred place of courageous sharing and deep listening. Circles is a great way to get to know fellow members and to celebrate our rich diversity of experiences and perspectives. Third Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Women of All Souls
Books and Broads Book Club – Part of Wednesday Community Connections
First Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | allsouls.me/wcc
Please join Women of All Souls as we read The Love Songs of W.E.B.Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers. Ms. Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, essayist, and teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma.
This book club is open to all who identify as a woman. Please come prepared with thoughts and questions! We will break the book up for discussion in the following sections:
October 6th—Read and discuss through Song IV (pgs 1-255).
November 3rd—Read and discuss through Song VII (pgs 257-517).
December 1st—Read and discuss the remainder of book.
Gather in the Garden with Quanah
Thursdays | 10 a.m. – Noon | Memorial Garden
Members and friends are invited to visit in the Memorial Garden. Meet old friends and make new ones, enjoy a glass of iced tea and conversation. We plan to have the garden open and iced tea available every Thursday, weather permitting.
In Her Honor
In Her Honor was a series of events celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s contributions toward women’s rights. The monthly presentations by notable women, from our community and beyond, celebrate and inform us of the progress women have made toward equality, equity, and justice. You can watch the series here: YouTube Playlist
Music & Choirs
We celebrate music’s power to stir and express the deepest feelings of our hearts in a way that, indeed, seems to know no linguistic barrier. Music is one of the most powerful ways we experience Love Beyond Belief together.
All Souls is one of a few churches in Oklahoma with a fully-graded choir program—with choirs for young children through adults!
All Souls musicians and choir members strive for excellence. Wherever you feel your talent or experience level lies, there is a place for you!
Adult Music Program
From sacred to popular Jazz, our music is as diverse as our singers and their ranges. All Souls Adult Choir is open to everyone. A vocal assessment is required.
New Dimensions Chorale
Originating from New Dimensions with Carlton Pearson, the Chorale’s repertoire represents Gospel, pop, and sacred music. Often, New Dimensions Chorale accompanies local singers and spoken word artists creating a powerful experience!
YAVE is open to all. YAVE’s repertoire is eclectic including gospel, jazz, and pop, and occasional classical and sacred music. YAVE often performs with professional instrumental and vocal musicians from the greater Tulsa area.
A commitment to regular rehearsals and performances is required for all choirs.
Cherubs, Children's and Youth Music Program (CCYC)
1st & 3rd Wednesdays through January | 6 – 7 p.m.
As an extension of our Children’s Religious Exploration, our CCYC program offers a high-quality music education and opportunities for children to learn about their own talents, interests, and forms of self-expression. CCYC fosters personal growth and the development of life skills through travel, study, teamwork, and excellence in performance.
All children are welcome to join our three CCYC choirs:
Cherub Choir: K-3rd grades Wednesdays, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m.
Children’s Choir: 4th-7th grades Sundays & Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Youth Choir: 8th-12th grades Sundays, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
CCYC Choir Board
The CCYC Board consists of parent volunteers who oversee event planning, coordinate trip funding, and assist the choir director in annual fundraising events. Parent support is a vital part of the Children’s and Youth Choir program.