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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) or Nancy at 

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.

Adult Programs:

New Lifespan Class: Gentle Yoga! Member Ellen Syphers will begin leading a weekly yoga clasTuesday 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 19:  “Digging Our Wells to Answer Our Spiritual Thirst”. Rev. Anastassia Zinke returns, and we welcome our new Minister of Congregational Life, Rev. Kayla Parker! They are joined by Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Greg Sanders conducting the All Souls Choir, and Worship Associate John Murphy. An organist will be featured; this is the third in a series of sermons on Wells.

August 19:  Report from General Assembly. 12 pm, Beattie Room.  Come join your All Soul members and staff who attended the UUA General Assembly in June to learn about what happened and what we learned. We will meet after service on Sunday, August 19 at 12pm in the Beattie Room to review the passage of amendments to the UU by-laws, to talk about the moving and compelling talks and services we attended, and to answer any questions you have about what is happening at the national level of the UUA.

August 26:  Blood Drive Sunday at All Souls.  If you’re able to give blood, please mark this date on your calendar. The Blood Center will be running low on blood by this time, and we’d sure like to have 20 donors from All Souls step up to donate. Hours will be 9am to 12pm or later. Youth ages 16 and up can donate. If you’ve been turned down in the past, you might be good to go this time; it’s worth checking with the Indiana Blood Center. Contact Jim Schrementi ( for more info.

August 26-September 1:  IHN Hosting 
Our next hosting of homeless families as part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network is August 26 – September 1. We need people to help with meals, transportation, and staying overnight. Provide some comfort to families going through a rough time. Look for our sign up table the next few Sundays or email Bonnie Haruch-Kenyon ( or Judy Lumbert (

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 10, 6-8 p.m.:  Meditation with Master Subhash
Join Great Grand Master Subhash P for a lecture, meditation, and vegetarian dinner on September 10 from 6-8pm at All Souls. Master Subhash P works with the mission of creating intense self -awareness among all individuals about the science of meditation and its primary role in providing physical, mental, and intellectual health and well-being to all.

October 14:  Indy Festival of Faiths:   The details of the Festival have been announced!  When? Sunday October 14, 1-5pm.   Where? Veterans Memorial Plaza and Indiana War Memorial.  Theme? Compassion through Action.
Contact Robert Thompson ( if you would like to be involved in planning and hanging out at the All Souls booth this year!

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:


 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: 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