January is a Month of Awakenings at All Souls Church

Awake My Soul. Rev. Hardies. To be awake is to be present to the fullness of our lives; ours joys and sorrows, perils and possibilities. This Sun., we take stock of our lives and our world, and ask how to begin the New Year with heart, soul and strength, focused always on our mission of Building the Beloved Community. Sun., Jan. 7, 9:30 and 11:15 am.

Vespers: Awakening. Begin the New Year with silence, song, and prayer at our monthly candlelight vespers service. Wed., Jan. 10, 7:30 pm.

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training. Nurture our congregation’s multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents. Deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? Honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by learning to dismantle structural racism. Register and learn more here. Fri., Jan. 12 – Sun., Jan. 14.

Songs of Freedom, led by the Bokamoso South African Youth Choir. On this Dr. King Sunday, we celebrate his legacy in a very special way—by once again welcoming the young South Africans of the Bokamoso Youth Choir. Sharing from South Africa’s rich tradition of freedom singing, the young people of Bokamoso (joined by the All Souls Jubilee Singers and Children’s Choir) will mingle their own stories with freedom songs from South Africa and the United States. This is a service you won’t want to miss! Sun., Jan. 14, 9:30 and 11:15 am.

The World Needs Our Presence … and Our Absence. Rev. Hardies. More than anything else, we must be fully present to both the beauty and brokenness of the world, if we are to help redeem it. But to be fully present over the long haul, we must sometimes take time away from the world. How do we strike a balance between engagement and retreat? Sun., Jan. 21, 9:30 and 11:15 am.

The “Me, Too” Wake-Up Call. Rev. Parker. The “Me, Too” movement has brought renewed attention to how widely sexual harassment and abuse have impacted people’s lives—most often (but not only) women. What does it take for those harmed to find their voice, name their experience, and call for redress? How can and should our spiritual communities help foster healing, accountability, and positive change? What does this moment open up for all of us? Rebecca Parker’s ground-breaking book “Proverbs of Ashes,” co-authored with Rita Nakashima Brock, addresses sexual abuse theologically and personally from a feminist perspective. Rochelle Rice and the All Souls Jazz Combo will lead music. Sun., Jan. 28, 9:30 and 11:15 am.