General Assembly 2018

July 2, 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.


All Souls Serves The Banquet July 13

July 2, 2018

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.  ...


Offering Supports Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack Program

July 2, 2018

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 ...


A Place Among the Stars

July 2, 2018

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 ...


Rev. Tollefson agrees to monthly schedule

July 2, 2018

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 ...


July 1 – Potluck

July 2, 2018

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.


July 8 – My Steps to Citizenship

July 2, 2018

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 ...


July 15 – Music to Our Ears

July 2, 2018

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 ...


July 22 – A History of Peace Movements and My Perspective

July 2, 2018

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 ...


July 29 – Banquet West

July 2, 2018

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 ...


Membership Approves 2019 Budget

June 1, 2018

All Souls’ membership approved the FY19 budget at the annual meeting on May 20. The budget shows a reduction of approximately $20,000 in pledges.  To adjust for the reduction, the Board recommended moving funds from the ministerial salary to the Worship Team to contract with interim visiting ministers. The motion to revise the budget was ...


June 3 – Wild and Precious Life

May 31, 2018

This week’s topic is “Wild and Precious Life.”  This service will ask several All Souls members to take the final line from The Summer Day by Mary Oliver and share with the congregation.  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Speakers: All Souls Members      WSC: Peter ...


June 10 – Living the Sixth Principal with Pride

May 31, 2018

Speaker Carter Smith of Sioux City will speak on “Living the Sixth Principal with Pride.” Bio: Carter Smith was born and raised on a farm in rural Minnesota, where he participated in the day to day operations of the farm, while attending public school as a closeted individual.  The local climate caused Carter to decide to remain in the closet, and he moved south after graduating High School, to attend the University of South Dakota (USD).  ​Carter has ...


June 17 – Origin and Deeper Meanings on Summer Solstice

May 31, 2018

Join us as speaker Betsy Lang discusses, “Origin and Deeper Meanings on Summer Solstice.” We all know that the Summer Solstice on June 21st is the day with the longest amount of daylight. But what is the origin and deeper meaning? Today we will delve deeper into it’s roots covering not only Indigenous rituals but those that come ...


June 24 – Live Broadcast of the UU General Assembly Sunday Service

May 31, 2018

Our June 24 service will be a Live Broadcast of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) General Assembly Sunday Service from Kansas City.  Note Service time is 9:00AM. Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience will take place at the Kansas City Convention Center (All Souls will Live-Stream on our projection ...


New officers elected at Annual Meeting

May 31, 2018

On Sunday, May 20th All Souls Annual Meeting was held after services. Various reports were presented and new officers were elected. It was noted that Janelle Lenser would be retiring and that Linda Hallstrom would be the 2018-19 president of All Souls. Members of All Souls approved the FY19 slate of officers at our annual meeting: President-Elect, ...


Summer Childcare

May 31, 2018

We are in the process of hiring a childcare provider for the summer to supervise children in the library (located at the back of the sanctuary). Until someone is hired, we invite parents and young children to take a “grab bag” to look at during service (bags are located in the library) or feel free to sit ...


The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum

May 31, 2018

Two events during June focus on the Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum. One event explores the history of the institution; a second event honors those who are buried in the asylum cemetery. Both events honor and remember the suffering of 400 native inmates, of which 120 died while in the asylum between 1902-1933. Healing Our Shared Past, ...


All Souls plans Pride Week participation

May 31, 2018

All Souls has a long-standing tradition of participating in the annual Sioux Falls Pride Festival. In order to maintain our tradition, we need several volunteers: Gary Pabst has volunteered to coordinate our Pride Festival booth. Thank you, Gary! We need people to set up the All Souls booth at Terrace Park before noon on June 16. We need people to take down the booth and ...


May 6 -The Good Medicine of Mindfulness Poetry

May 3, 2018

Mindfulness poems invite us to bring our full self to whatever moment we’re in and truly live it. They encourage us to be more present, more attentive and compassionate, in the living of our days. They grant us a taste of being good enough, just as we are, in this world, just as it is—even ...