Our friends at Partners in Housing are in need of paper products such as paper towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, etc. They could also use cleaning supplies like dish soap, scouring powder, glass cleaner, etc. These items are stocked in the store where their families can shop free, thus helping to stretch their grocery money. A donation box is in the hall just outside the door to the great hall and your support will be appreciated.
Most people walk an average of four miles a day, but our homeless neighbors average ten – a painful difference. Feet work overtime when there’s no cozy home (and laundry room) to return to each night. Many who are homeless often end up wearing their socks repeatedly until they have to throw them away. If you can put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you can see how clean, warm socks are a true treasure. And as if living between couches, shelters and the streets isn’t hard enough, imagine having your period without regular access to bathrooms or the menstruation products needed. Many have been unable to afford menstrual products and end up having to improvise, using things like socks, t-shirts or tissue paper. For young people in school, not having access to menstrual products can cause them to miss school – an integral part of them getting ahead and making their place in this world.
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human. Our youth group asks that you please join them in supporting our neighbors in need. You can help by donating menstrual products such as maxi pads and super absorbency tampons, as well as “men’s” white crew socks. You won’t be able to miss the donation box in the Small Hall! You can also donate cash or click here to purchase these items from Amazon and have them sent to us directly. Please reach out to Laurie@asuuc.net with any questions.
Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence is looking for donations for small gift bags as well as a couple of door-prize items to go to survivors attending a healing retreat this spring. Toiletry items, especially toothbrushes, are very much appreciated. Donations must be received by March 30. Contact Rosie Love for more information and to submit donations. Thank you!
Be sure to check the Events Calendar for upcoming events and group meetings.
ASUUC’s Social Justice Action Team presents a movie and discussion series on the fourth Thursday of each month, 6:30-9pm. The SJAT is cosponsoring the events with the El Paso County Democratic Party. This month’s topic is the effects of racial and religious profiling on the community. Racial and religious profiling is a profoundly disturbing part of American life, present in our culture from the earliest days of our Republic. Join us for an evening of short films and discussion about how profiling based on race and religion has affected our history and and continues to impact people’s lives in our community today. A panel discussion follows the films with representatives from the Colorado Springs Police Department, the NAACP and the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs.
Doors open on February 28 at 6:30pm. Showing begins at 7pm. This is a free event, but donations are gladly accepted to defray the costs of hosting this event.
Colorado College is holding its second Community Meeting on Saturday, March 2 from 10:30AM – noon at the Tutt Library, 1021 N. Cascade Avenue. This meeting is open to the public and will focus on the architecture, landscaping and community input. See CC’s project website for additional meeting dates and all the latest information about this project, which is planned to be built across the street from All Souls and does not currently include any plans for additional parking in the area.
Our second Stewardship Dinner will be taking place on Saturday, March 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at All Souls. Join us for an evening of fellowship as we discuss what All Souls means to us and how to embrace “The Power of We.” A pasta buffet will be provided for dinner; all you need to bring is yourself. Please sign up if you plan to attend!
One thing that we can all agree upon in the New Year is that we don’t take enough time for self-care and music can be a remedy for the most troubled soul. Take a little time out of your busy schedule 6-7 pm every third Wednesday of the month for All Souls’ Ukulele Club. We will watch tutorials and help one another learn how to play one of the world’s sweetest instruments. With only four strings and a bit of ambition, we will de-stress, have fun, and who knows: maybe learn how to play the ukulele. Please email ASUUC member Rosie Love with any questions.
Fellow artists, come join our group. This gathering is meant to be friendly, relaxed, fun, and of course… creative!! Bring in your favorite art supplies and a brown bag lunch. 2nd & 4th Thursdays at ASUUC. Creative time will be 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, followed by a social lunch. Please email Pam Brown with your contact information (name and phone number) if you are interested.
Connecting with fellow survivors and having a safe place to release emotion and share our stories can be an essential part of healing from domestic and/or sexual violence. All Souls is providing a safe space for a secular women’s survivor support group 6-7pm every third Thursday of the month in the Small Hall. If you are interested in attending, please email ASUUC member Rosie Love to be put on the attending list. Given the sensitive nature of this group and for the safety of our survivors, the church will be locked and attendees will only be permitted entry if they are on the attending list.
Facilitated by Barb Elstun, MSW and Ruth Meinking, LPC. 6-8pm Mondays, 2/4-2/25. Barb and Ruth have created a 4-week group to explore the stages of grief and loss, provide experiential processes for inner healing, support from the group, and practices or tools for ongoing well-being for the grief process. Cost: $80 due by 1/28. Class size limited to 10. For questions, please contact Rev. Nori at 719-633-7717, Ruth at 719-231-2842, or Barb at 719-641-6028. To learn more about Barb or Ruth, see their websites: www.ahigherinsight.com and www.ruthmeinking.com.