Getting Involved

At All Souls there are lots of ways you can become involved in our mission, whether you have very limited time available or can devote a significant amount of time.  Keep reading to learn more about all the ways to get involved, regardless of if it’s the occasional Sunday morning or a deeper commitment through our teams and groups.

Sunday MorningsStanding TeamsAffinity & Covenant Groups

Sunday Mornings

These short-term commitments (typically 2 hours or less) are perfect if you are short on time but still want to contribute to our community.

 

Fellowship!

Who doesn’t like to eat and drink? At All Souls we provide a fabulous opportunity for both, following the service. And we are always looking for foodies to help us make this happen. If hospitality is your thing, then contact Tommie Schell.

 

Greeting!

We rely on a team of friendly, outgoing folks to staff the Visitors Table each Sunday to make sure everyone who walks through the doors feels welcomed. If that sounds like you, contact Catherine Grandorff for more information.

 

Projecting!

If Tech is more your thing, we are always looking for volunteers to do the A/V on Sunday mornings. Contact Karen Meadows if that’s where you’d like to be involved.

 

Singing!

We have both a choir directed by Mark Arnest and a band led by Monica Watson.

 

Sharing!

If you’d like to volunteer to light the chalice or do other readings, contact Rev. Rost.

 

If you’d like to offer to do a Story for All Ages or help with our children and youth Religious Exploration Program, contact our DRE, Laurie Frydendall.

 

Ushering!

We are always looking for responsible folks who make sure everyone is seated and comfortable, take up the offering and help count the collections following the service. If that sounds like you, contact Sarah Bethke.

 

Standing Teams

These teams meet and work regularly throughout the year to keep All Souls running strong on every level.

 

Building and Grounds Team

The Building and Grounds team is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and on-going beautification of our historic building and grounds, taking on everything from painting, to fixing plumbing problems, to overseeing the major Facilities Enhancement project. Let Becky Harrison know if you have skills to help.

 

Caring Team

The Caring Team responds to people in the congregation who are experiencing crisis and significant life changes. The team cares for sickness, pain, tears, joy and happiness. This team meets formally about twice a year, and does much of the coordinating through emails. If this sounds like something for you, let Betsy Hovermale know you are available.

 

Membership Team

The Membership Team welcomes visitors and helps facilitate each visitor becoming an official, active member of the ASUUC community.  The team works on a series of interim activities to encourage volunteerism and develop leadership. Contact Lynn Hannan for more info about this team.

 

Social Justice Action Team

The Social Justice Action Team exists to educate the All Souls congregation and amplify the voice of All Souls on issues of social justice. Current team activities at ASUUC include, but are not limited to: working with the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition; preparing and giving sermons on various issues to include environmental issues, women’s issues, LGBTQIA issues, immigration issues, racial issues, and disability issues; and attending local social justice events. Contact Isabel Soto-Luna to get involved!

 

Worship and Sunday Celebration Team

This team meets monthly to discuss ways to enrich our Sunday services through art, music, drama, and more. Contact Rev. Rost if you are interested in working with the Worship and Sunday Celebration Team.

 

Affinity & Covenant Groups

Looking for more of a social, intellectual, or spiritual connection? Our Covenant and Affinity Groups might be more your style. These groups typically meet once or twice a month over a variety of topics for interests.

 

Book Group

The All Souls Book Group chooses books to read each month and then meets from 6:30 ‑ 8:00 PM on the last Wednesday of the month for a discussion of that month’s book. Selections include both fiction and non-fiction.  Contact the group facilitator,  Eunice Ciaccio, to get the next book title. She also sends an email to the group before each meeting to remind everyone of the schedule and the book to be discussed.

 

Exploring Art (New)

This group will meet the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to provide a place where individuals can work on art projects. This is not a class; participants will be required to bring their own materials and work on their own projects. Participants can also bring a brown bag lunch to share a meal and their projects following this mid-morning group. Let Pam Brown if you have a project you are wanting to work on.

 

Kneedlers and Hookers

The Kneedlers and Hookers group meets on the first and third Mondays from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Bring your knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, sewing or whatever you do with needles and join in. Contact Judie McMath to find out more.

 

Loving What Is—The Work of Byron Katie

This covenant group uses the method called “The Work” to learn to deal with stressful thoughts. The method of inquiry uses four questions to illuminate the difference between thoughts that are true and thoughts that are untrue, and helps the participants relieve the suffering that comes from “believing your story.” The group meets every second and fourth Monday at 6:30 PM. Contact Judie McMath for more information.

 

Men’s Group

The Men’s Group is for those who identify as male and want to connect to discuss a myriad of topics facing our world today. Contact the group’s Co-Facilitators, Ed Benn & Richard Stettler,  for more information.

 

Radical Self-Acceptance Covenant Group

This group meets every Thursday at 3:00 PM and discusses a variety of subject material centered around accepting ourselves and others just as they are. Subjects studied in the past have included Buddhist philosophy, neurobiology and evolutionary science as it relates to human behavior, effective communication skills, the science of vulnerability and shame, and much more. Contact Judie McMath to find out more.

 

Science and Reason Covenant Group

This group explores how science and reason can help us make sense of our world and provide a platform for growth and action as humans. Let Ed Benn know if you would like to participate or want more information.

 

Sunday Circles

These covenant groups will meet twice a month, beginning September 2018, either before or after service. Topics for discussion could include: what experience of AWE have you had in your life? If you were another creature, what would you tell humans? What’s the funniest thing you’ve witnessed this month? Contact Karla Crescenta with your ideas for topics and join in a circle!

 

Sustainable Living (New)

This new group will meet to explore ways we can live more sustainably and decrease our carbon footprints. Topics will include  becoming plastic-free and making your own body and bath products, among others. Lauren Arnest & Rosie Love can give you more information.

 

Women’s Intuitive Drumming (New)

This group meets on the first Friday of the month at 7:00 PM. Bring your own drum or borrow one that night.  High school age and above are welcome. For more information, contact the group sponsor, Audrey Jensen.

 

Young Adults

The All Souls Young Adults (ASYA) group provides opportunities for people in their twenties and thirties to connect with each other outside of Sunday mornings. Activities typically occur at least once a month, and have included game nights, visits to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Wolf Sanctuary, potlucks and dinners out, and participation in local marches and rallies.  Contact Kate Harrison for more information.

 

Other Covenant Groups and Adult Education

These groups start up in September and will cover a variety of topics as well. Contact Jo Winn if there’s a topic you’d like to hear about, speak about, or if you’d be willing to be a Covenant Group facilitator.