Minister's Monthly Column

July and August 2019


This issue of All Souls’ newsletter includes July and August.  Combining two months gives those who write, edit, proof, and lay out this humble publication some breathing room during the summer months.  It’s quieter during the summer so there’s that, too. 

Not so much this summer, however.  While many of our teams and committees may take a well-deserved rest, the Building Team will continue to meet weekly to keep our capital project moving forward.  You’ll want and need to know all about that.  We’ll insert a summer issue of the Home Pages into the eblast to keep you informed.  Things are moving along!

I had lunch with my friend, Rabbi Marc Ekstrand of Temple Emanu-El yesterday.  Many of you now know the “full circle” story stemming from All Souls’ sharing space with our Jewish kin.  For those who are not aware, many years ago, when Temple Emanu-El was building their synagogue, the congregation shared space with All Souls.  In a few short months, they will be opening their doors to us as our own sacred space is expanded.  It’s a lovely story that I trust will grow even lovelier in the months ahead. 

To remind, we will be worshipping at Temple Emanu-El on Sundays, and the choir will be rehearsing there on Wednesday nights.  All other programming and meetings will happen elsewhere. 

But Rabbi Ekstrand and I talked about the ways that we might partner together programmatically.  I offered that perhaps we could partner in our Growing Racial and Cultural Equity (GRACE) efforts, and that suggestion was enthusiastically received.  He offered a musical event that he’s excited about in which Israeli musicians will share their innovative music in a worship setting.  I enthusiastically received this idea, knowing that you would enjoy learning more about the evolving Jewish music scene. 

Next year is going to be disruptive and confusing, and we’re going to be okay.  Even better, we will learn from our hosts and they from us.  We’ve worked with Temple Emanu-El in refugee resettlement; our junior high youth visited for a Friday night Shabbat service; members of Temple Emanu-El joined us for one of our Black Lives Matter witnesses; and Rabbi Ekstrand and I are both part of a weekly study group.  There is history between our congregations and now, there is an equally interesting future. 

It looks like our worship time will be at 3 p.m.   There was expressed concern about gathering later in the day.  This would be prohibitive for those who are not comfortable driving at night, in the dark.  Stay tuned for confirmation.

In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy summer’s coming and the beauty and bounty it brings.  Don’t forget to come to church!  The services are beautiful, and Summer Fun & Games offers the youngest Souls time for play and connection (ditto their families!).  See you at All Souls - where all souls are welcome! 

Love, sandy beaches, and ocean breezes,