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IHN-Interfaith Hospitality Network:  Sign up now on Sunday mornings through Oct. 29 in Harris Hall to help with All Souls’ hosting of homeless families at our facility the week of Nov. 5-12.  Volunteers are needed to help with meals, driving the van, laundry services, and staying overnight at the church.  Questions:  contact

Sunday mornings, 9:30 – 10:25 a.m.  Adult Forum: facilitated by Charlie Baldwin and guest presenters. Lively discussions and presentations on timely topics of interest. All are welcome.  No need to register.

Small Groups:  All Souls has a number of small groups who meet regularly for exploration and fun. Each group centers around a particular focus, meets regularly throughout the year, is open to all and easy to join. Small groups are a good way for newcomers to get to know others in the congregation.  All of these groups welcome new members at any time of the year.  See contact information at the bottom of this page.

Chalice Circles beginning in September:  We will have two Chalice Circles this fall:  2nd and 4th Wed, 10:30 a.m.-noon, beginning September 27. Facilitated by John and Jane Murphy.
1st and 3rd Wed, 6:30-8 p.m., beginning October 4. Facilitated by Nancy Olson.

October 20-22:  UU Fall Retreat, Creating Connections, Lutheran Hills Camp.  I have it on good authority (Linus told me), that the Great Pumpkin will be making an appearance at our Fall Retreat this year……you won’t want to miss it! Yes, I know we thought he was coming last year…..and the year before…..and,….and. I do know that pumpkins a plenty will be present. Whether you want to carve one for yourself, help carve, or just enjoy watching a creative carver, you’ll want to see the Great Jack-o-Lanterns that emerge on Saturday. And if you, like Linus, still believe in the Great Pumpkin, you’ll want to join us in October for a weekend at the beautiful 750 acre Lutheran Hills camp.

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. We are excited to have two yoga workshops on Saturday lead by certified instructor, Ariel. You need not have any previous yoga experience to participate and learn. The morning session will be for teens and adults, and the afternoon session will be for all ages. We have some mats available, but please bring your own if you can.

Keep checking your All Souls publications in the coming weeks/months as we update you with more details about this annual tradition. We will be providing a link, for you to register and pay for the retreat. There will be several pricing options based on age, participation duration, and number in your party. For full retreat participants, the price for adults will be $120, and for families it will be $250. Hoping to see you down in Brown!

October 29:  Cookies and Cheer.  The Caring Committee will be bringing in homemade cookies and assembling bags to deliver to members who are no longer able to come to church due to health or physical difficulties. Even though the Caring Committee sponsors this event twice a year, everyone in the Congregation is welcome to participate. If you feel like doing some fall baking and want to share, we’ll be in the Atrium before church. We’ll also need help making deliveries. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Murphy at 765-349-1947 or

November 4:  Day of Meditation, 10 a.m. Relax, Let Go, Keep Trying!  Shaila Catherine is the primary and founding teacher of Insight Meditation South Bay in Silicon Valley. Shaila is internationally known and the author of two books on meditation. This day-retreat at All Souls is appropriate for all levels of interest and experience. This event is hosted by All Souls and Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats. IBMR meets each Thursday evening in the Resource Room between 6:30 and 8:45 p.m..

November 3, 4: Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum that provides space that answers the brokenness of racism with Beloved Community. This work brings new patterns of thought and behavior that usher in social and spiritual healing. The program begins with a 1.5 day retreat, followed by an 8-week group. The Retreat will be held Friday evening Nov. 3 through Saturday Nov. 4, led by Julica Hermann de la Fuente. The fee of $40 for members and $50 for non-members includes dinner on Friday evening and lunch on Saturday. Participants continue these conversations following the retreat for eight sessions in a small group format. The expectation is that one would both be at the retreat and join a group, not one or the other. The groups will meet Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, beginning Nov 14 and Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, beginning Nov 15. Register via a Connection Card on Sundays. Contact Rev. Elizabeth at for more information.

November 5 – 12:  Family Promise’s (IHN) Hosting week.

November 12:  1:00, All Souls Sanctuary.  Please join us at All Souls Unitarian for the next concert in the series on November 12, 2017, with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir directed by ICC’s Ruth Dwyer.

Small Groups: 

Brunch Brothers: This group is open to all men of All Souls and guests.  They meet at Unleavened Bread Cafe at 30th and Central. Meets 4th Saturday (usually), 9:00-11:00 a.m. Contact:  Ollie Howe

Exploring Our World: This group alternates between meeting at church one month and going on “field trips” to explore interesting sites in and around Indianapolis. Meets 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Backus Library or Planned “Field Trip”. Contact:  Judy Murphy

Gen-Xers: 30- and 40-somethings meet in a small group discussion format for conversation and community. This group is on hiatus, but contact Tom for information about when the group be
gins again.  Contact: Tom Mulcahy

Goddess Group: All women are welcome to enjoy a potluck dinner and good conversation and community.  We usually start talking about our daily lives, but discussions then range far afield. Meets 4th Friday (usually), 6:30-9:00 p.m., Beattie Room.  Contact:  Jenny Yumibe

Humanists: The Secular Humanists Group strives to strengthen bonds between church members in the group by talking about ourselves, life, and ideas we are interested in. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., Room 4.  Contact: Mike Middleton

Memoirs II: This long-standing group meets to write and share memoirs and personal stories. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 10:00 a.m., Backus Library.  Contact: Linda Burns

New Age Spirituality Book Club: Books relating to “New Age” spirituality and unusual phenomenon are chosen, read and discussed by the group.  Meets  4th Sunday, 12:00 p.m., Backus Library.  Contact: Sharon Harris

Sharing Our Lives: This group discusses general topics chosen from a Small Groups Handbook that the UUA provides or selected by the group. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m, Backus Library.  Contact: Mike Vlantis or Linda Burns

Soul Sisters: A group for women who seek to form supportive relationships and share their lives.  Meets 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. at Lulu’s Bakehouse, W. 86th Street.  Contact:  Barb Howe

Zest in Living:  Zest is about living life with gusto.  We laugh, we listen, we share our life experiences as we explore a wide range of topics of living. Meets 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m., member’s home near 71st and Keystone.  Contact:  Don Killingbeck