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Upcoming Activities

Adult Forum:  Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:25, Beattie Room (upstairs), facilitated by Charlie Baldwin and guest presenters.  Lively discussions and presentations on timely topics of interest.  All are welcome.  No need to register.  The Adult Forum is looking for speakers and topics to explore during Sunday morning.  The group is interested in a range of topics.  Pass on your ideas to Charlie Baldwin (he is here every Sunday morning by 9 am). 

Sunday Morning Meditation
The Sunday morning Meditation Group is becoming active again! Join us for a quiet time of meditation, contemplation, and a short discussion. We meet each week at 9:30am in Room 4. All are welcome. For more information contact Ellie Bachmann (317-257-6317).

Indiana Buddhist Meditation at All Souls:  Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats offers meditation and discussion on Thursdays 6:30-8:45pm in Room 4. All practice levels welcome.

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 descriptions and contact information at the bottom of this page.

Chalice Circles:   Chalice Circles are a space for us to engage in deeper reflection on our own lives, while getting to know others in the congregation on a deeper level. Sessions are structured around a particular topic and are following the Heart to Heart curriculum. They are structured to encourage listening and sharing, helping us not to “fix” others or engage in debate. ASUC folks have shared that this structure felt supportive, helped them feel truly heard, and became a shift of pace and welcome respite in their lives.

There are three different groups being offered this year:

1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7-9pm, October-May with Barb and Ollie Howe. First meeting on October 18.

1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 10am-12pm, October-May with Jane Murphy and Jerry Hoover. First meeting on October 17.

3rd Tuesday Evenings from 7-9pm, October-August with Nilesh Shringarpure and Jessica Miller. First meeting on October 30. November meeting on November 13 due to Holiday.

Sign up in person at Coffee Hour, on your connection card, or by emailing Rev. Kayla ( These are a year-long commitment, and closed once the year begins.

Adult Programs:

Lifespan Class: Gentle Yoga! Member Ellen Syphers will begin leading a weekly yoga class Tuesday mornings, 10-11:15am, beginning March 6. The class is open to all interested in yoga postures, breath work, and guided relaxation. Chairs will be available, and postures can be adapted for all bodies. Ellen has practiced yoga for over 35 years. She is 200-hour certified through Cityoga and 500-hour certified through Heartland Yoga with an emphasis on therapeutic yoga. Drop-in; bring your yoga mat or we will have a few mats available to use; $5 per class.

Come Sing With Us!  Don’t limit yourself to singing in the car or shower, join the All Souls Choir! We are a nurturing group where all abilities are welcome, no auditions necessary. We have section leaders who can provide coaching. We especially need tenors and basses but welcome all. Rehearsals are Sundays 8:30-10:00am so there is no evening time commitment.

August – November:  Faith in Indiana; Dates and times to be announced.  Help us include Indianapolis in our Beloved Community! Faith in Indiana aims to activate 100,000 marginalized voters in the November election so all have a voice. If you’d like to join the All Souls team, please contact Ron Kieper ( or Jenny Yumibe ( With Faith in Indiana, we plan to reach these voters by phone (participate in one or more ‘phone bank’ gatherings) and targeted door-to-door canvass (a more physical commitment), starting in August and going through early November. Any and all help will be appreciated!

September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, All Souls UU Church:  Faith in Indiana Voter Registration Phone Banking at All Souls.  Mark your calendars! We are hosting phone banking for Faith in Indiana’s voter registration and turnout here at All Souls. Last year, 20% of the voters that turned up at the polls because of Faith in Indiana’s efforts originated in our very own congregation here at All Souls. We know how to make a difference, and we want to make an even bigger impact this year! Calls will be made from 6-9pm on the following days: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18. Come on out and start inviting others to join us! We will have snacks and purpose.

October 12-24:  Fall Art Exhibit: “Hoosier Visions” 
The Fine Arts/Decor Committee of All Souls extends an invitation to all to enjoy a fine art show of selected paintings in the Atrium from October 12-21. We will showcase two early 20th-century works by famed Hoosier Impressionist and All Souls member, T.C. Steele, which were given by the artist as gifts to our church. In addition, we will display artworks done by various artists, old and new, many of them members of our church. And we invite other All Souls artists to share their painting talents by participating in this show. If you have works you would like to display, please contact Norma Cummings ( or Jim Schrementi ( There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, October 12 from 6-8pm. Many of the works on display will be available for purchase, with sales benefitting Fine Arts and the church.

October 19-21:  UU Fall Retreat 2018
Planning is well underway for another wonderful UU Fall Retreat in beautiful Lutheran Hills in Brown County. This 44th All Souls traditional gathering for all ages at the height of the fall colors is the weekend of October 19-21, 2018.
With the traditions of shared tasty meals, pumpkin carving, workshops, board games, songs, stories and s’mores around the campfire, hiking, or paddling around the lake, the Retreat is a perfect time to build on new and existing relationships.
There will be a Retreat info table in Harris Hall on Sundays starting in September. In the meantime, questions, ideas, or volunteering, please email:

October 23:  Doctors Without Borders: A Voice from the Field, October 23, 6pm, Athenaeum Foundation, 401 E. Michigan Street.
Veteran Doctors Without Borders project coordinator Maggie Wideau will discuss her experiences in the field and provide an in-person opportunity to find out more about our
programs across the globe. Presentation begins at 6:30pm. Reception to follow at 7:30pm.This is a free event, but RSVP here.

October 24:  “Grace Embodied: On the Holy and the Erotic” with Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes
Christian Theological Seminary presents a lecture with Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and leading womanist theologian and ethicist, on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30pm. Townes will address fear, beauty, and boundaries in human connections. Register here.

Rev. Dr. Townes is author of the groundbreaking book Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil and a contributing blogger for the religion page of the Huffington Post and the Feminism in Religion Forum.

October 26:   Let’s Get this Team Ministry Started, October 26 from 6-9pm, October 27 from 9am3pm.
You are invited to attend the “Start Up” workshop facilitated by Sharon Dittmar, one of our UUA Mid-America Region staff members. This workshop is offered by the UUA to all churches who have new ministers, and is designed to explore roles and responsibilities with the church leadership. Come help us start off on the right foot, as we name our history, assumptions, and expectations, and we work together to led a vibrant and growing congregation.

October 28:  “Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror,” October 28, Showtimes at 1:30pm and 7pm, Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Road.
As part of the Jewish Community Center’s Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts, All Souls member MaryAnne Mathews is directing “Jubilee in the Rear View Mirror.” The play, written by her husband Garret, explores what might happen when a black civil rights worker from Chicago winds up sharing a jail cell with a poor white Mississippi native in the summer of 1964. Although Jubilee is a fictional town, many of the incidents portrayed are based on interviews Garret conducted with Freedom Riders. A question-and-answer period with the cast, playwright, and director follows the one-hour performance. Showtimes are 1:30 and 7 p.m. on October 28 at the Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Road in Indianapolis. Tickets are $15 available here. Warning: Contains adult themes and language, racial epithets, gunfire.

October 28:  All Souls Choir Concert: American Music.
Musicians of All Souls Unitarian Church will perform selections by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, William Grant Still, Dominick Argento, Gwyneth Walker, Florence B. Price, and
others, in a concert featuring Christina Nicastro, Jane Alexander, and Lucy Park Newton. They will be highlighting these American classics on Sunday afternoon, October 28 at 1pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Please bring your friends and family and join us for some very beautiful music.

October 28:  After the Service: All Souls Haunting Hour, October 28, 12pm.
You are invited to the All Souls Haunting Hour! The October 13 Haunted House has been rescheduled due to conflict with other events, and has been transformed into an hour full of goodies, crafts, costumes, and decoration. Join us after the service on October 28 for
Haunting Hour created by the high school youth. Donations will be accepted to fund our trip to Boston in June.

November 22:  Save the Date: Thanksgiving Pitch-In.
A pitch-in Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the church at 2pm on November 22. For more details, contact Fran Lake (317 371 2170,

Jewelry Sale:  December 1 and 2, Harris Hall.  Donate Jewelry for Annual Jewelry Sale.  Please bring in jewelry, watches etc. that you no longer need and place them in the basket marked “Partner Church Jewelry Sale” on the shelf above the rear coat rack. The sale will be held December 1 and 2, provided we receive enough items to replenish our stock that has dwindled in recent years. Help our sale be a success! Proceeds go to the Partner Church Scholarship Fund that helps needy students from our partner church in Transylvania to attend college. Thanks for your past support of this event.


 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 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: Ron Kieper,

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