February 10, 2015

Dear All Souls Family,

You will find listed in this epistle opportunities at All Souls for communal engagement during Lent. You will find information about small groups, a workshop on The Rite of Reconciliation (Confession), a Quiet Day sponsored by the Daughters of the King, and Holden Evening Prayer on Sunday evenings. Offerings list how you register for them where requested. Tomorrow’s epistle will list resources for personal practice during Lent. Please also join us for:         Ash Wednesday Liturgies: Noon and 7:00 p.m.



Small groups focused in a variety of themes and practices for our congregational Lenten observance are offered again this year. Groups begin on Thursday, February 26 and continue through March 26. Meeting times are from 6:00 p.m. through 7:30 (unless noted in the description). Childcare is provided from 5:45 to 7:30. On the first night, February 26, we will offer a simple soup dinner from 5:30-6:00 in Zabriskie Hall.

Registration is done online. The link to registration is below the listing of groups.  

Please arrive early the first evening for room assignments.

Discernment in Life and Community   Spiritual discernment is the work of differentiating what leads to God from what does not. Discernment is about our personal lives and how we offer and live our lives in the wider community, both the community of faith and the community of the world. As with Jesus it is the work of learning who I am and who I am not and how I connect in that knowing to the wider community. We will use a variety of reflection questions and practices designed to help us hear God’s voice.

We will have multiple discernment groups led by Jacque Combs, Todd Donatelli, Andy Kane and Lewis Sorrells.


The Traditional Role of Elder: A New Narrative for Aging in Our Time Led by Mahan Siler. This group will meet Tuesdays from February 24 through March 24, 10:30 a.m. – noon.

As a circle of the elderly, we will be reclaiming and exploring the identity of Elder for our time and community. For the first time in history, one can reach 65 and reasonably speculate: “Why, I could live for another two or three more decades.” And at this stage of our lives, some of us are fortunate to have sufficient financial security, more time, plus the freedom from accomplishing. With our deep concern for this generation and future ones, how then will we steward these years, rich with experience, relationships, faith and perspective?


Visual Reflections though Lent Led by Ginger Huebner.  This group will meet on Mondays from February 23 through March 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join us as we create original works of art using various mixed mediums (drawing, paint, chalk, collage) to reflect on the Lenten gospels. After a period of lectio reflection on a text we will move into offering our experience of that text through the mediums. We will be displaying our works each week in the ambulatory space of All Souls (the hallway leading to the choir vesting rooms), offering a visual ‘pilgrimage’ through Lent as the images build upon each other. Participants are asked to bring $15 to the first session to cover art supplies.


Christ Calms Conflict Led by Glenda McDowell

As Christians we accept in our baptism a high standard of moral conduct. However, conflict is an inevitable part of living relationships, in the home, congregation or work. Come join us in a journey of reconciling ourselves to those with whom we have difficulties communicating. We will explore scriptures regarding Conflict Resolution including stories of Jesus’ behavior conflictive situations. We will add to our ‘spiritual toolbox’ principals that combat powerlessness and hopelessness as we renew thinking in ourselves and our relationship with Christ our Savior and Mediator.


Freedom from the fear of enough: a walk with Walter Brueggemann Led by Rosa Lee Harden

If you would like to explore how to move through this world with a lighter load, this Lenten offering may be perfect for you. Using both video presentations from Walter Brueggemann and his brief and engaging booklet, Sabbath as Resistance, this series will look at concerns we think of as contemporary issues - anxiety about money, finding our meaning in stuff and consumption, fear that we will lose everything, competition with those who have more than we - through the lens of Hebrew Scriptures. We will learn that some of the things that tempt us and weigh us down have been things for which God has been offering alternatives from the earliest writings in the Old Testament. While drawing primarily on Brueggemann’s writing, we will also take time to consider what is keeping us weighed down in our individual lives and form a community of support for one another.


Practicing the Daily Office Led by Gaelyn Evangreene

This group is both for folks who already practice the Offices and folks who are brand new to it. We will discuss various ways to observe the Offices including the Book of Common Prayer, online Office sources and others. We will take time to reflect on texts from the office and how they are speaking to our daily lives and our experience of Lent. As with all practices we will seek what ways of observing the office best create space for our daily lives.


Click here to register.


A Workshop on ??The Sacramental Rite of Reconciliation (Confession?)

Saturday, February, 28, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Owen Library

 The Rite of Reconciliation is a means for us to experience in a significant way God’s reconciliation. It is not about beating our breasts and putting on sackcloth but about experiencing the deep freedom of forgiveness. It is about experiencing that forgiveness directly and immediately. In his book, Reconciliation: Preparing for Confession in the Episcopal Church, Martin Smith suggests the following about this rite: “Repentance is the response we make as we meet Christ in the place where we have been brought to a halt, and sense his insistence that we reorient ourselves towards God. Why a halting place? Guilt about the past felt as a burden too heavy to bear; having emerged from a difficult stretch of life, one aspect of which can involve taking responsibility for the sins committed during the struggle; transition from one stage of life to another, to make the passage, we need to make a closure. God can call us to repentance in an endless variety of ways.” As the clergy of All Souls will be offering this rite during the season of Lent on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 (please contact the clergy direct via phone or email to schedule a time), this workshop will provide background about the rite along with suggestions for personal examination before making a confession. Led by Todd Donatelli. Please register for this workshop by calling the church office, 274-2681. A Workshop on The Sacramental Rite of Reconciliation (Confession) Saturday, February, 28, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Owen Library.

Lent Quiet Morning The All Souls Chapter of the Daughters of the King is sponsoring a “Quiet Morning” on Saturday, March 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the church.  Meditations will be on the “showings” of Julian of Norwich- “Love was His meaning…”  The Rev. Nancy McCarthy, Associate of the Order of Julian of Norwich will be the presenter of the meditations. All are welcome and no registration is necessary.

Holden Evening Prayer, Sundays, 5:00 p.m.

Holden Evening Prayer was written in the mid 1980’s by Marty Haugen while serving as the musician-in-residence at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State, called by some the Taize’ of the U.S. This contemplative setting of vespers follows the traditional form of the evening office while using contemporary and expansive language. Prayers, chant, hymns, readings and silence contribute to the reflectiveness of this evening liturgy. It is a liturgy appropriate for all sorts and conditions of spiritual seekers and pilgrims. This liturgy will be offered at 5:00 p.m. in the Nave beginning Sunday, February 22 and running through Sunday, March 22. For further information contact Todd Donatelli at the Cathedral, 828-274-2681..