Small Groups at All Souls
A number of different small groups meet at All Souls for various forms of exploration and expression. Dates and times are subject to change. Please check our Calendar for the most up-to-date schedule.
All church activities such as Drumming, Buddhist Reflections, Singing Meditation, Gay Men's Discussion Group, and Writing Group are open to the public.
Events are free unless otherwise noted.
Social Action/Environmental Group: Meets monthly on Tuesday at 7:15 pm to coordinate our congregation's efforts for social justice and community involvement.
Buddhist Reflections: Curious as to the Buddhist impact on the west? Interested in why this may be so?
Care to consider the views and experiences of others?
Buddhist Reflections is an informal, no-sectarian gathering open to all. Meeting monthly to examine, discuss and share themes relating to Buddhist history, philosophy, interpretations and opinions.
Our goals include discussing:
The Buddhist "Way".
Comparing Buddhism to other philosophies
Examining interpretations of Buddhist writings, both historical and contemporary
Investigating how Buddhist thought may be brought into our daily lives. Join us for 90 minutes of investigation, exchanging ideas and considering how the teaching of Buddhism may serve us as we live in the present and going forward.
Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Elliott Room from 7:00-8:30 pm. Entrance through door at the end of the handicap access ramp off the parking lot.
Singing Meditation: Meets the second Monday of each month at 7 pm. This interfaith spiritual practice combines many types of group singing and drumming with observation of silence. A simple song is typically sung repetitively by the group until the song spontaneously dissolves into silence with a gentle signal to end the silence after several minutes. The singing part of “Singing Meditation” includes a variety of vocalizations: toning, chanting, singing in rounds, singing in harmony and mantras. Our goal is to sing or chant enough times that our collective vibrations resonate deep in the heart of each participant. Some of the songs used in Singing Meditation are slow and contemplative. And, some are high energy and joyful with percussion and / or other instruments - deliberately chosen to be easy to learn. No experience with singing, meditating or drumming is necessary. Entrance through door at the end of the handicap access ramp off the parking lot.
All skills welcome.
Book Discussion Group: Meets once a month September through May, first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm to discuss a book mutually chosen. Meets in the Elliot Room. Entrance through door at the end of the handicap access ramp off the parking lot.
Hand Drummers Circle: Meets the first Sunday of each month at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Bring your drum or use one of ours. All levels are welcome. Entrance through door at the end of the handicap access ramp off the parking lot.
Gay Men's Discussion Group: Meets each Thursday at 7:30 pm. Age 18+ An opportunity for discussion and support. Entrance through door at the end of the handicap access ramp off the parking lot.
Personal and Spiritual Writing Workshop: September through June. An open group that usually meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 4 pm in the Elliot Room for writing exercises in personal expression and growth in a supportive atmosphere.
Entrance through door at the end of the handicap access ramp off the parking lot.
Choir: All are welcome to join the choir. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm - being able to read music is helpful. Rehearsal 9:00-10:15 Sunday mornings September through June in the Sanctuary. No choir in summer.