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July 2018 Worship Schedule

July 1 – Potluck

July 1 – Potluck

Gentle Yoga and a Potluck. Please dress in comfortable clothes. Mike Huber will guide a gentle chair and mat yoga session in the Sanctuary. Afterwards, we will reconvene downstairs in Eliza’s Kitchen for a potluck. Please bring a prepared dish to pass. We will provide dinnerware and drinks.

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July 8 – My Steps to Citizenship

July 8 – My Steps to Citizenship

Alex Ramirez will share a narrative of his life and challenges emigrating from Mexico to the United States. He studied multimedia and network communications at Contra Costa College inSan Pablo, California and is the owner and founder of USA Media TV and Marketing. Two years ago he started a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing the Hispanic communities through radio, TV, …

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July 15 – Music to Our Ears

July 15 – Music to Our Ears

Join Joseph L'Amour sharing music that speaks to him in a Sunday dedicated to worshipping with our ears. He will perform selections from Bach, Mozart, Brahms and a jazz standard arranged by James Booker. Joseph  has been a piano teacher in the Sioux Falls area for the past seven years. In addition to teaching, he has been active as a piano …

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July 22 - A History of Peace Movements and My Perspective

July 22 - A History of Peace Movements and My Perspective

Nelson Vollink is a farm boy from  Rock Valley, Iowa. While attending college for business and accounting he found his mate and new life in Sioux Falls.  Even back on the farm, Nelson could not understand people hurting people with weapons or countries saying that people in another country were enemies. Speaker: Nelson Vollink Worship Coordinator: Scott Kunze     Musician: Jesse …

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July 29 – Banquet West

July 29 – Banquet West

Tamera Jerke-Leisinger, Executive Director of The Banquet, will join us today to share the next big step for Banquet West.  What do you know about Banquet West?  Do you know where it is?  When does it serve?  Can I volunteer there?  Find the answer to these and many more questions. Tamera, a Sioux Falls native, has been Executive Director of …

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President's Message

On June 2, I attend a presentation at First United Methodist Church regarding the Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum. Located in Canton, SD, the asylum housed nearly 400 Native American inmates from all parts of the United States during the years 1902-1933.

I went to the presentation with a sense of shame, blame, and guilt on behalf of my country, my state, and my ethnic heritage.  More than half of those housed at the asylum died of curable diseases. Conditions were deplorable.

But thanks to presenters Ann Dilsenschneider and Jerry Fogg, I came away with something more empowering than shame. Because, while Ann and Jerry did not shy away from describing the inhumane conditions, they also acknowledged those people who spoke up. Over the years, employees of the asylum spoke up and launched formal complaints even though they were routinely fired for doing so. It took three decades and 15 different investigations, but, eventually, the asylum was shut down.

So, instead of shame, I came away from the presentation renewed and inspired by role models. I learned that, if a person sees something that goes against human compassion and justice, the moral imperative is to speak up. And speak up again.

I learned that it’s important to acknowledge injustice and hurt and own the responsibility, but even more important to gain new strength and new momentum from role models who speak up and take action.

I learned that when one person speaks up, he or she will be followed by a second … and another … and another. Until there are hundreds, thousands of voices … speaking up for an hour, a day, a year, 30 years … until the injustice stops.

Linda Hallstrom, President
All Souls Board of Directors

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OFFICE HOURS
Jennifer Stone, Office Administrator

Jen Stone, All Souls Office Administrator, will be in the office as follows:

• Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

• Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to noon

• Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to noon 

Phone: 605-338-8652 or click here to email.

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Offering Supports Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack Program

Offering Supports Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack Program

During July and August one-half of undesignated offering gifts will support Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack program. This program provides at-risk children with nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods during weekends and holidays when school is not in session. Feeding South Dakota distributes more than 3,400 packages of food each week to children in the Sioux Falls school district and 10 surrounding communities. While these …

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All Souls Serves The Banquet July 13

All Souls Serves The Banquet July 13

Sign up to help! All Souls once again has the opportunity to partner with Spirit of Peace United Church of Christ on July 13 to serve The Banquet at their downtown location.  They reciprocate and partner with us when we serve in January. The Banquet is an ecumenical feeding ministry that receives no funding other than donations.  It is open …

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Rev. Tollefson agrees to monthly schedule

Rev. Tollefson agrees to monthly schedule

The Worship Team, All Souls Board, and Rev. Ted Tollefson are finalizing a contract that will bring Rev. Ted to Sioux Falls once a month. The agreement includes once-a-month Sunday services, four workshops, and four consulting sessions. Rev. Tollefson has served UU congregations in the Heartland since 1980 including White Bear Lake and Northfield, MN; River Falls, WI; and Minneapolis, …

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General Assembly 2018

General Assembly 2018

Mariah Lockard carried the banner for Sioux Falls at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in Kansas City last month. On June 24 the local congregation joined the General Assembly by live stream for the Sunday service.

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A Place Among the Stars

A Place Among the Stars

Following the June 10 service, members of All Souls wished Mark Sanderson and Susan Randall much happiness in their new life journey as they relocate to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mark and Susan were presented with a gift of artwork by Jerry Fogg who used these words as inspiration: "It was told to me that on a summer cloudless night , …

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Bits 'n' Pieces 

Thank you …

Greetings to our All Souls friends/family from afar...Ann Arbor, Michigan. The flux of change has been intense, but so far we have weathered it well.  Getting things out of boxes and put in place sometimes feels like a weasel trying to get out of a gunny sack...but it is happening, slow, but sure.

We are so appreciative of Paul and Joy for opening their home to our members and friends — a heartened send-off for us — a thanks to all who greeted us.  And, of course, for honoring us with attention and cake (two pieces for Mark!), and the Jerry Fogg creation, "all souls have a place among the stars" after the Sunday morning service on June 10.

You will always be a part of us, and know that we will visit whenever we can.

Namaste, to all souls connected to the universe,

Mark Sanderson and Susan Randall

Summer Program Accepting Applications

The Satyagraha Institute is now accepting applications for its summer 2018 program August 5-14 in the Black Hills. The focus this year is on a conversation between Gandhi and indigenous wisdom to help better care for the earth. 

The Satyagraha Institute promotes the uplift of all beings by cultivating leadership in the pursuit of truth and nonviolence.

Carl Kline, coordinator of the Institute, is a retired United Church of Christ minister and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. Learn more about the Institute and the August program at their website: https://satyagrahainstitute.org

UUA Condemns Family Separation

The UUA has issued a statement condemning the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rev. Susan Fredrick-Gray, UUA president, said, “The policy of this administration to separate children from their parents at the border is immoral, inhumane and indefensible. These families arrive desperate for safe-haven, seeking asylum having fled violence and disruption in their own homeland – and instead of safety, they are further traumatized, victimized and criminalized at the hands of the U.S. government."

Visit the UUA website www.uua.org to learn more about the UUA response.

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July Events

Date/Time Event
07/08/2018 9:00 am - 9:30 am Guided Meditation
07/08/2018 10:00 am - 11:15 am Worship Service with Alex Ramirez
07/09/2018 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Board Meeting
07/10/2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Women's Group
07/13/2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Serving at The Banquet
07/15/2018 9:00 am - 9:30 am Guided Meditation
07/15/2018 10:00 am - 11:15 am Worship Service with Joseph L'Amour
07/18/2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Men's Ungroup
07/22/2018 9:00 am - 9:30 am Guided Meditation
07/22/2018 10:00 am - 11:15 am Worship Service with Nelson Vollink
07/23/2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting
07/29/2018 9:00 am - 9:30 am Guided Meditation
07/29/2018 10:00 am - 11:15 am Worship Service with Tamera Jerke-Leisinger/The Banquet

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