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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.

Our cadillac programming for deepening is our Chalice Circles, but those have already begun and are now closed! If you’d like to be in a mini-Chalice Circle of sorts, contact Rev. Kayla ( There will be one starting in February!

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.

Jewelry Sale and Holiday Bazaar:   will happen on 12/8 & 12/9 (not on 12/1 &12/2!) This year, the Jewelry Sale and the Holiday Bazaar will take place on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, from 10am to 3pm. That’s right, we’re trying a weekend sale this time for the first time to try to attract more shoppers to the Bazaar. If we have enough jewelry left, we may extend the jewelry sale to Sunday, December 16. Proceeds from both events will be split between the Partner Church Scholarship Fund and the All Souls general fund. We’re still accepting donations of jewelry in the Partner Church basket above the rear coat rack. Please note the change of dates from the earlier announcement!

December 9 & 16:  Silent Auction.  Please help raise funds for All Souls by donating goods or services for a Silent Auction as part of the Holiday Bazaar. The event will be on two Sundays from 10am-3pm on December 9 and 16. We need items to put in the auction and also services or homemade goods. We will only take items or services with a value of $20 or more, and reserve the right to refuse any items. For example: handy services (be specific as to what we are auctioning off and a little bit about what that includes and approximately value), afghans, quilts, paintings, prints, photo session, specialty baked goods, classes (cooking, baking, yoga, home maintenance, etc). The kitchen at the church will be available for these classes. Dinners at your home (specify how many you want to come and provide menu). Be creative. If you have an item, please let Betty Lynch (, 317-459-9230) know, and you can leave it behind the coat rack at church or send an email with an explanation of your item or service to Betty.

December 16, RE Holidays Around the World Party, 12pm. It’s the third annual Holidays Around the World Party, and the youth are expecting you! Our children and youth will transform their classrooms into wonderlands with treats, stories, and activities created just for you. Come on over to the RE Wing after worship where you can visit each classroom. You are in for a real holiday treat.

December 16, Second Annual Ugly Sweater Contest Fundraiser. It’s that time of the year again to bring out that ugly Christmas Sweater. Let’s challenge last year’s winner Robert Thompson with our sweater and win a coveted trophy designed by Robert Thompson for such an ugly occasion. Petra Ritchie will sell sweaters at the Bazaar (See Petra Ritchie). Simply take a picture of you in your sweater and send to me at and I’ll create a container for you to collect coins (and dollars too). Each cent counts as a vote and we’ll declare a winner on Sunday, December 16th at 1 PM. All moneys collected will go to the general fund. Please get your photos to me by Thursday, December 13th. Betty Lynch, 317459-9230.

December 16, The Gift of the Dark Woods Discussion, 12:15pm. This discussion will take place after our final service in our “Gifts of the Dark Woods” series and after you’re able to explore “Winter Holidays Around the World” in the RE wing. Join Rev. Anastassia to reflect on what particular gifts of these metaphorical woods have been most meaningful in your own life. We’ve discussed the gifts of uncertainty, thunderstruck, misfits, temptation and getting lost, and we’ve pondered where we go from here. Before we leave the woods, we pause for gratitude and sharing on what we’ve learned from them.

All Souls Unitarian Church Choir Concert, December 23, 10:30am,  The All Souls Unitarian Church Choir, directed by Greg Sanders, will present a musical service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 23 during the service at 10:30am The concert is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend. Be sure to join us for music of the season!


 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