Wednesday Connections

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Wednesday Connections

Our intergenerational Wednesday Connections program feeds the body, mind, and soul!

Fall 2019: September 4 - December 18, 2019  |  Spring 2020: January 8 - April 22, 2020

Schedule

Dinner  |  5:30 to 7:15 p.m. 

Vegetarian and Meat entree, salad, bread, and dessert  |  Adult $5, Children ages 4 to 11 $3, age 3 and under free, Family $15

Childcare  |  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Childcare is available for children in the 5th grade or younger and check-in at the Family Room Desk for all children’s and youth programs is required. No child should be left unattended in the building at any time.

WOW Chapel  |  6:30 to 6:55 p.m.

Wednesday Connections WOW Chapel is a short, intimate, and informal midweek service which includes a variety of musical styles. 

Classes  |  Start at 7 p.m. unless noted otherwise

Opportunities for children and youth include:

Cherub Choir: K–3rd Grade  | Wednesdays, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. (Oct-Dec)
Children’s Choir: 4th–7th Grades  |  Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Youth Programs 



 

Adult Program Classes Spring 2020

Classes are listed in alphabetical order. Room assignments are posted by the Welcome Table in the Foyer and in the Family Room each Wednesday evening. For questions, contact the church office at officeadmin@allsoulschurch.org.

Aging Issues with Erin Martin, Gerontologist
Important topics if you are aging yourself or if loved ones are reaching their golden years. What you need to be prepared for the inevitable. Erin Martin holds a Masters in Gerontology from the University of Southern California and is a passionate advocate utilizing holistic, preventative and conscious approaches to health and longevity.

January 29 | Aging 101: Learn three valuable tips that you can use immediately to help you live and age more successfully.
February 5 | Hydration, Nutrition and Longevity: What they don’t tell you about hydration, new research about vitamins, and aging around the world—how they do it better.
February 12 | The Future of Healthcare: What You Need to Know: Housing Models, The different Levels of Housing and Care, Navigating Healthcare, What are the Options?

All Souls ACTION Presents
ACTION offers a unique opportunity for All Souls members and friends to live their values and impact public policies and practices. All Souls is a member of ACTION Tulsa.

January 22 What to Expect in 2020 State Politics: Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World political writer, will share insights about what to expect in the upcoming state legislative session.
March 4 | How Does the Student Loan Crisis Impact You?: The ACTION Student Loan Debt team shares insight from three years ofresearch and conversation about the impact of student loan debt in our state.
March 25 | Evicted Book Discussion: Tulsa’s eviction rate was #11 in the nation 2018. Read Matthew Desmond’s Evicted before attending. “Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of America’s most devasting problems.”
April 22 | Holding County Leaders Accountable: As ACTION prepares to gather sheriff candidates and others for the May 17 Accountability Session, learn more about the issues county government is responsible for in the sheriff’s office and the jail.

All Souls Reads with Rev. Gerald Davis
Second Sundays | 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Third Wednesdays | 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Thoreau Lounge
Wednesdays, January 22, February 19, March 18, April 15 & May 17
All Souls Reads is a book discussion group which explores the human condition when encountering and overcoming oppression. You may attend either or both monthly book discussion groups. Pre-reading the selection is not a requirement. Books can be purchased at the All Souls Book Store. Sales support our Adult Programs. For orders, email dkwatts44@cox.net.

January  |  Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler
February  |  Restorative Justice in Urban Schools: Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline by Anita Wadhwa
March  |  Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo
April  |  Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
May 17  |  In the Midst of Winter: A Novel by Isabel Allende *Note: not second Sunday

Art in the Atelier: Open Studio
Weekly | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Drop-ins welcome
Different projects are always underway. Bring a project to work on or come play with our art supplies, take time to create and just enjoy the process in community.

Bearing Witness at the US/Mexico border
April 1 | Facilitated by Linda Allegro
Linda Allegro, Project Director of the New Sanctuary Network offers first-hand reflections on the refugee crisis at the border and in our own city.

Beauty, Awe, and Religious Naturalism
February 19 | Facilitated by Mariela Pérez Simons
“A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.” —Carl Sagan
That “religion” has actually emerged, and it’s called Religious Naturalism. Join us for this compelling theological framework for twenty-first century Unitarian Universalists.

Cohousing: Old-fashioned Neighborhoods are Back in Style
February 26 | Presented by Heartwood Commons
With a focus on community and connections, it’s no wonder so many UU’s across the country pick cohousing. Heartwood Commons—Tulsa’s first 55+ cohousing neighborhood—will break ground soon. Learn about our progress, see our plans, and meet some of our members (you’ll likely know a few of them.) Learn how you can be part of this exciting community designed for an active lifestyle, meaningful connections, and shared governance.

Coming of Age for Adults with Kate Starr
Series: March 11, 18, 25 & April 8, 15, 22
$25 due at first class
Register by emailing sboston@allsoulschurch.org
Coming of Age—It’s not just for 9th graders anymore! Dive deep and get to know yourself and other All Souls members over 6 weeks of study and sharing. Create your own spiritual timeline, explore your sense of call, build your own theology, write your own credo statement, and more! And, if there’s enough interest, we can take our own trip to Boston to visit some of the earliest Unitarian and Universalist churches in the United States.

Curious Conversations
January 29, February 26, March 25, April 22
Fourth Wednesdays | Facilitated by Francia Allen
Fostering strong and meaningful connections through one-on-one guided conversations. Discover commonalities and celebrate each other’s differences. All are welcome.

Empty Bowls
February 12 through April 22, weekly
Facilitated by Kristin Miller
Come play with clay, glaze, and friends! Make a difference, make a bowl. Each bowl will be auctioned at our Empty Bowls Dinner on April 29 to benefit our Community Resource Bank. Supplies and instruction provided.

Feminism through the Ages with Dr. Lara Foley
February 26 | Presented by The Women of All Souls: for women, by women
A discussion with University of Tulsa sociology professor on the topic of feminism, what it has meant historically, and what it means to us today.

Flourish for People of Color
February 12, March 11, April 8 | Second Wednesdays Facilitated by Mariela Pérez Simons
Flourish is a sacred circle that centers the spiritual needs of people of color and promotes deep relationship-building, belonging, exquisite self-care, healing, cultivating delight/joy, embodied practices, liberation, empowerment, and vitality. We call into this space friends and members who identify as people of color.

Foster/Adoption Parent Support Group
February 5, March 4, April 1
First Wednesdays | 6 p.m. | Facilitated by Shelley Cadamy, shelley.cadamy@gmail.com
Providing support of parents who are exploring or actively parenting via foster or adoption.

Grant Writing with the Pros
February 19 & 26  |  Facilitated by Nancy McDonald and Lisa Shotts
Nancy and Lisa have successfully climbed the grant writing mountain and lived to tell the tale. While there are not shortcuts, there is definitely a map that can make the process easier and put you on surer footing when tackling this formidable obstacle.

Great Decisions
January 22 to April 1, excluding March 18
America’s largest discussion group on world affairs, modeled on the Great Decisions 2019 Briefing Book. Participants read a fact sheet on each of the eight topics, watch a video, and discuss critical global issues facing America today.

How We Got The Bible with Dr. Brandon Scott
January 22
Dr. Brandon Scott is the New Testament expert and Pauline scholar in the documentary, American Heretics. Brandon will take us into the early Christian world where 1st-4th century authors navigate politically and culturally treacherous landscapes. Their writings ultimately form The Bible.

I’m a UU, Now What?
February 12, March 18, or April 15 | Facilitated by Nicole Ogundare, Membership and Life Events Manager
Whether you’ve been a member for one week, or 25 years, come get connected and plugged in with Membership Manager, Nicole Ogundare and the All Souls Ministers! There are many PATHS to stay connected to this beloved community and will help you find yours!

Life Decisions 1:1 End-of-Life/Crisis Planning
1:1 sessions: February 12 & April 15
Life Decisions will host planning sessions for individuals and families to discuss and prepare for an end-of-life or health care crisis. All Souls members are welcome to schedule a time with Life Decisions by calling the church office, (918) 743-2363.

Life Decisions: Later In Life 4-part series:

March 4 | Changes in Living: Arrangements & Care
March 11 | Medical Issues: Options & Goals
March 18 | Financial & Legal Concerns
March 25 | Death: Final Plans & Family Impacts

Medical Cannabis Basics
April 22 | Facilitated by Leanna Fish, BSN, RN, American Cannabis Nurse Association member
Find out what the ancients knew, and modern science is now validating. This introductory course discusses the beneficial constituents of cannabis, the effects on the Endocannabinoid System, and explores the many ways one can consume cannabis, with or without the high.

Path to Membership
February 19, 26 & March 4 & 11
Learn more about our community and explore your own theology in our Path to Membership classes. This four-class series will introduce you to Unitarian Universalism, covenantal theology, Love Beyond Belief and what it means to be a member. Hear the modern-day stories that shape All Souls and how Unitarian Universalism intersects with the history of the United States, 20th Century humanism, and our vision for the future. The four sessions are most effective when taken in order, but this is not required. Drop-ins welcome. Contact Nefertiti Sanders at nsanders@allsoulschurch.org for more information.

Shawl Ministry
February 5, March 4, April 1 | First Wednesdays
Facilitated by Tiffany Cross | All skill levels welcome!
The Shawl Ministry is a group of fiber artists who make a spiritual practice of creating shawls to give to people in our church community who are in need of comfort and solace. Members and friends infuse each shawl with positive intentions, prayers, hope, love, and healing. Each shawl is blessed and sent along the way. We make baby hats, blankets, booties and more.

Soulful Circles
January 22, February 12, March 11, & April 8
Second Wednesdays | Led by Soulful Circle facilitators
Invest time in your own spiritual growth and explore All Souls’ monthly themes with deeper connections and reflection in a safe space without assumptions about perspective, culture, or tradition. This is a powerful way to experience love beyond belief! Groups are led by lay facilitators and may divide to stay small and intimate.

So You Think You Can Dance
January 29
The Women of All Souls are hosting this event for those who identify as women to be together, get their groove on, and grow as a community. Learn new steps, have fun and get moving with Nicole Ogundare and friends!

Unicostalism Part 2 with Rev. Marlin Lavanhar and Carlton Pearson
January 29
Marlin and Carlton continue the poignant conversation that they began in the fall exploring what happens when you mix Unitarianism and Pentecostalism and how we know what we know. All are welcome.

Unitarian Universalist Parents (UUPs)
January 29, February 26, March 25, April 22  |  Fourth Wednesdays
UUPs is parents, grandparents, and caregivers working to support each other through what can be the hardest and most rewarding job known to human kind. Come share in the joy and the misery, compare notes, and find fellow travelers.

Watching Watchmen: Race and Responsibility in Tulsa with Sean Latham & Nehemiah Frank
February 5  |  Dinner provided by the Men of All Souls
Chili cook off at 5:30 p.m. | Program at 7 p.m.
Sean Latham, Director of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, will frame a discussion about Race and Responsibility in Tulsa around the HBO series, Watchmen with Nehemiah D. Frank, founder and editor of The Black Wallstreet Times. They will delve into the new HBO Watchmen series specifically and comic book superheroes in general, looking at their history, understanding their relevance, and gauging their impact.

Watchmen begins with the Tulsa Race Massacre and declares that on that day in 1921, history essentially fell to pieces. The series critiques superhero mega-franchises by insisting that their special-effect laden stories have deliberately avoided and even obscured the long history of American racism. Crucially, it insists that we move beyond the superhero narrative—beyond the fantasy that we can be saved from our past mistakes by a singular being or magical technology—but rather healing those wounds is a long, difficult, and deeply human process. This process is one which we both witness and perhaps even experience in the show—and which we can carry beyond it into our Tulsa. Healing is not a superpower, but a process that requires love, labor, and honesty—all traits we will need heading into the 1921 centennial.

Women’s Herbal Health with Margaritte Arthrell-Knezek
April 8 | Presented by The Women of All Souls
Women and those who identify as women, come learn about using herbs in cooking and for medicinal purposes with sustainability practitioner, teaching artist and gardener Margaritte Arthrell-Knezek.

 


 

Ongoing Wednesday Evening Spiritual Practices

Community Meditation: Elegant Spirituality
Weekly | 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Wayne Sterba
Elegant Spirituality uses an ageless formula to approach the Over-Soul: Aspiration, Altruism, Illumination. Essential components of elegance include simplicity and consistency of design, focusing on the essential features of an object. Our simple, selfless meditation is an effort to focus on the essential features of the Over-Soul. Selfless meditation fuels altruism, the central driving force of this approach. All are welcome to attend. More information can be found at elegantspirituality.org

Yoga
Weekly | Facilitated by Stacie Beckert
This intergenerational yoga class introduces pranayama conscious breath work, asana physical postures, and six other aspects of yoga. Designed for all body types and conditions.

 


Childcare | Wednesday Connections

  • Wednesday Connections Dinner is a family affair and childcare will open at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Children must be checked-in by an accompanying adult in the Family Room. 
  • Childcare for children in kindergarten through 5th grade is available from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • No child should ever be left unattended in the building

For more information on Adult Programs, contact Shannon Boston, Executive Director of Lifespan Religious Education, at sboston@allsoulschurch.org, 918.743.2805, ext. 321.