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Seasonal Celebrations and Traditions at All Souls

Throughout the year All Souls offers opportunities to observe traditions and celebrate holidays with worship, ritual and fellowship led by our ministers, staff and lay leaders. All generations of community members and friends are welcome. 

Communion - A simple open-table communion ritual honoring the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Served by the Deacons four times a year, directly after 11:15 am worship. The scheduled dates for this year are October 25, and others TBA. All are welcome. 

Contact: Deacon Neil Osbourne neil10021@aol.com



Water Communion
Sunday, Sept. 11th in Reidy Friendship Hall

The Religious Education Program invites the congregation to celebrate Opening Sunday with the Unitarian Universalist ritual of Water Communion. Families are invited to bring a small container of water collected from a special place during the summer's travels or closer to home. Pouring it into a common vessel, our inner and outer journeys are shared.
Contact: Director of Religious Education Taryn Strauss taryn@allsoulsnyc.org

Jewish High Holidays
Rosh Hashanah October 2 at 7:00 pm
Yom Kippur October 11 at 7:00 pm
Come celebrate the Jewish New Year and reflect on the meaning of the Jewish holidays with Galen Guengerich and Lissa Gundlach in the beauty of the All Souls sanctuary.
Contact: Rev. Galen Guengerich galen@allsoulsnyc.org

Thanksgiving Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals: Sunday, November 20 at 3 pm in the Sanctuary

Come gather with our human and animal family for our yearly Blessing of the Animals to offer gratitude for the gifts all creatures great and small bring to our lives and to the world. Family friendly; all well-behaved furry, feathered, two-legged and four-legged friends welcome.
Contact: Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward or betty-jeanne@allsoulsnyc.org

Thanksgiving at All Souls
Thursday, Nov. 24 at 3:00 pm in Reidy Friendship Hall

Join us on this most Unitarian Universalist holiday, as we proclaim our gratitude and demonstrate our common interdependence. Celebrate with live music, sumptuous food and drink, dancing and conversation. Families of one or more members welcome! Suggested donation of $35. Reservations required. Send a check made out to All Souls, to Robin Bossert by Monday 11/23.
Contact: Robin Bossert at robinbossert@gmail.com

Community Choir Caroling
Tuesday, December 13th at 7 pm in Reidy Friendship Hall

The Community Choir will host our annual Holiday Sing in Reidy Hall. All are invited to sing carols and other holiday songs.
Contact: Julie Brannan jbrannan@musicaviva.org

Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm

Our Annual All Souls Christmas Pageant, prepared by our Religious Education Program.
Contact: Director of Religious Education Taryn Strauss taryn@allsoulsnyc.org

Solstice Celebration
Sunday, December 11 at 10 a.m. in Reidy Friendship Hall

An earth-centered community ritual celebration honoring the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.
Contact: Led by a team of lay leaders, contact Rev. Galen Guengerich galen@allsoulsnyc.org

Family Christmas Service with brass quartet
Sunday, December 18 at 9:45 and 11 am in the Sanctuary

Sunday services will begin with caroling with a brass quartet on the church steps
Contact: Rev. Galen Guengerich Galen@allsoulsnyc.org

Christmas Eve
Dec. 24th at 4:00 pm
(Family Service), 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Our Christmas Eve celebrations start with a Family Christmas service led by Taryn Strauss at 4:00 pm, followed by Candlelight Christmas services in the Sanctuary at 8:00 and 11:00 pm.
Contact: Rev. Galen Guengerich Galen@allsoulsnyc.org

Christmas Dinner
December 25th in Reidy Friendship Hall

3:00 PM: Hors D’oeuvres
4:00 PM: Yuletide Banquet
Come one, come all. ‘Tis the season to be merry. Spend Christmas time in the city at All Souls with friends and loved ones. Come revel in the splendor. We’re making a list: dancing to live piano music, caroling, a visit from Santa, and an abundance of food and drink. Share in this special time together in peace and harmony with comfort and joy, rejoicing for all we have to be grateful for. BE AN ANGEL, VOLUNTEER! To reserve your place, please mail a check payable to All Souls for $35. ($10 for children 6-10 years old; free for children 5 and under)
Contact: Chris Galas: cgalas@juno.com

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 16 at 10 and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary 

Easter Sunday services at All Souls with organ, brass, timpani and choir. 
Contact: Rev. Galen Guengerich galen@allsoulsnyc.org

Flower Communion
Sunday, TBD at 11:15 am in the Sanctuary
The Flower Communion is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual honoring the gifts of the free religious community. You and your family are invited to bring flowers to contribute to the congregational bouquet.
Contact taryn@allsoulsnyc.org with questions.

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