In this Washington Post article, "Three ways to cultivate a sense of hope, even when times seem hopeless," Rev. Rob Hardies offers advice for those who are fearful about the changing political and social landscape.
To build the Beloved Community, All Souls cultivates and celebrates . . .
On the weekend of January 21-22, 2017, women (and men) from around the country will come to Washington DC to demonstrate against sexism and other bigotries.
On Saturday, January 21, All Souls in conjunction with J21 will participate in and host a day-long series of events:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Women's March on Washington. UU meeting place: 200 Independence Ave. SW, near steps on north side of DHHS Hubert Humphrey bldg, facing Botanical Gardens. Revs. Hardies and Keithan and congregant Trace Zorpette will be holding the All Souls banner. Security restrictions: no backpacks or wooden sign poles. Check the UUSJ website for more details.
2:00 - 5:00 pm. J21 Teach-In. Led by the Reeb Project, Public Citizen, and other groups, the teach-in will focus on democracy, civil rights, and economic justice. Register here. They also need volunteers for the day; sign up here.
5:00 - 6:45 pm. Post-March Welcome Gathering for UU Marchers. Come warm up at the church. Light snacks, warm beverages, and food trucks.
6:45 - 7:45 pm. Solidarity Sing. We'll learn and then sing Leonard Cohen's "Anthem" in the sanctuary. Open to all--families especially welcome!
7:45 - 8:30 pm. Closing Session. All Souls and J21 close out the day. Speakers TBA.
The next morning, Sunday, January 22, we're honored to host Melissa Harris-Perry, professor, author, Unitarian. Ms. Harris-Perry will speak from the pulpit that morning, the first Sunday of a new, uncertain era. Please join us at 9:30 (with ASL interpretation) or 11:15 am.
All Souls, as well as many other area UU congregations, has been receiving many requests from UUs across the country seeking housing for that weekend. All Souls is offering two kinds of accommodations for the March weekend:
Bed & Breakfast (an ongoing program): Guests have a private room, bed, and—you guessed it—breakfast! A two-night minimum stay is required. The fee is $95 per night single or $145 per night double. There is currently a waiting list for this program and we are trying to recruit more hosts.
Couch-surfing (a special program for the March): Guests can register their interest/willingness to take a bed, couch, or floor space. There is no minimum stay and no breakfast included. The couch-surfing fee is on a sliding scale of $25-50 per person, per night. Guests are asked to consider their budgets and pay whatever they can between $25 and $50. Once guests are paired with a host, payment of the fee will guarantee your reservation. Click here if you're a host who can donate a couch or floor space.
We look forward to seeing you in DC!