All Souls Indianapolis
Sermons of All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana by minister Anastassia Zinke and guest speakers.
info_outline Spiritually Disciplined Humility 02/16/2020
Spiritually Disciplined Humility Unitarian Universalists have often prided themselves on their education and achievements. Our collective contributions have been significant and meaningful. Nonetheless, we continually discover that we have more to learn. This first Sunday in our Spiritually Disciplined series, we will consider the gifts that humility has to offer us as a spiritual practice and as a mode for engaging the world. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline Wholehearted Parenting 02/10/2020
Wholehearted Parenting The best way to teach our children is to be and to show: how we behave and how we engage with the world are much better predictors of how our children will do that all the books we’ve read about parenting could teach us. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline Mind the Gap 02/02/2020
Mind the Gap Cultivating change and closing the disengagement divide": Brene Brown holds that we disengage for two reasons: to protect ourselves and because we feel that the people who are supposed to be leading us are not living up to the social contract. Where do we see this problem in our families, communities, and businesses? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline Vulnerability, Brene Brown 01/27/2020
Vulnerability, Brene Brown Disruptive Engagement: Daring to rehumanize education and work": Brene Brown analyzes the way shame permeates our culture in schools and organizations. She says people in leadership roles bully, critize and set up rewards systems that belittle, shame and humiliates students, employees - and well simply put PEOPLE. Come hear our youth name the characteristic of this shame-based culture, where they have witnessed it, and their recommended practices.
info_outline Vulnerability: The Art of Daring Greatly 01/19/2020
Vulnerability: The Art of Daring Greatly Understanding And Combating Shame: In Brené Brown's book Daring Greatly, she states that shame draws its power from being unspeakable. Building awareness about shame and sharing our stories are thus two of the ways that we can work to diminish its power over us and our lives. Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd, a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, joins us as we explore cultivating empathy and self-compassion as we work to build our shame resiliency.
info_outline Vulnerability, Brene Brown 01/14/2020
Vulnerability, Brene Brown Vulnerability Armor: Even though we have many misconceptions about vulnerability - that it is weakness or oversharing, for instance - many of us are experts in avoiding it. Author Brene Brown talks about how we try to avoid and protect ourselves from vulnerability. So come join, Rev. Anastassia as we explore together what vulnerability is and isn't, and to recognize when we are trying to avoid it.
info_outline Wheel of Life 01/05/2020
Wheel of Life During this intergenerational service we will honor the transitions and celebrations in the lives of our members through poetry and naming. Help us mark family additions, high school graduations, member departures, weddings, and deaths. Featuring readings, enactments, and music by the All Souls Choir and Alex Milligan.
info_outline Minimalism 12/29/2019
Minimalism The Christmas season is one of hope and love but also one of giving and accumulating "things". In Dickens' Sketches by Boz readers are introduced to the middle classes of Victorian England through the items found in resale shops. Lets examine what the literary device of the object story can teach us about untold stories from overlooked legs of our journeys. Nasreen Khan guest preaching.
info_outline Lessons and Carols 12/24/2019
Lessons and Carols The All Souls Choir presents its annual holiday program. This year's service features music for brass and chorus, including American composer Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata. Pinkham served the Unitarian Church for 42 years as the organist for King's Chapel in Boston, Massachusetts. All Souls welcomes a brass quintet from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and organist Justin Stahl.
info_outline David, Jesus, and Luke 12/16/2019
David, Jesus, and Luke In biblical literature and within the Star Wars narrative we seek that those perceived as the underdog triumph over militarily stronger (and often imperialistic) adversaries. Let's review how David, Jesus, and Luke strategically approached their fights, and what we might want to think about as we consider American democracy. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline The Force Is With Us 12/01/2019
The Force Is With Us Few hero narratives (other than Harry Potter!) have been part of the common lexicon in the United States over the past 40 years as much as those in the Bible and those found within the Star Wars movies. Both texts help us ponder our humanity: where we find hope, what corrupts us, what saves us, is there justice, and what we make of redemption. In this season of anticipation (of The Rise of Skywalker on Dec. 20 and of Christmas), come let us reflect as we prepare for the world that is yet to be. Join us Dec 1, 8, and 15 for our The Force Is With Us series.
info_outline "I was Lost, and then I was Found" 11/24/2019
"I was Lost, and then I was Found" In this final Winnie-the-Pooh service, Rabbit desires to teach Tigger a lesson. Come join these lovable characters as they grapple with life being uncomfortable, confusing, even unfair - just as many of our own days are. What can Rabbit, Pooh, and Tigger teach us about navigating the more complex moments of life? Come enjoy this multigenerational community, and invite a dear one.
info_outline Winnie the Pooh 11/19/2019
Winnie the Pooh "The Community of 100 Acre Woods": The Winnie-the-Pooh stories and characters remind us that, though they represent deep and nuanced philosophical traditions, what is abidingly true is that they are a community. In this weeks sotry, we will learn alongside the characters how to respond when a birthday (Eeyore's of course!) is forgotten. All ages are welcome in this service. Please consider bringing a friend or family member to experience the Winnie-the-Pooh charm with you.
info_outline "The Tao of Pooh" 11/11/2019
"The Tao of Pooh" November 10 -"The Tao of Pooh":Benjamin Hoff, author of a smash bestseller by the same title, explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Join us as we romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline Dia de Los Muertos 11/04/2019
Dia de Los Muertos Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead): During this multigenerational service we will honor the lives of our loved ones who have died. You are invited to bring a photo or a small memento to place on our ofrenda during our time of celebration. With Rev. Anastassia and the All Souls Choir.
info_outline "Time to Disconnect and Reconnect" 10/27/2019
"Time to Disconnect and Reconnect" "Time to Disconnect and Reconnect": The expectation that we will regularly check-in via our cell phones and social media has become ubiquitous and its poor health effects have been documented. How can practices of Sabbath help us establish preservative boundaries in our lives? What will such practices make available to us? How can we become connected by disconnecting?
info_outline Headed to Hell 09/23/2019
Headed to Hell In 1907, Dr. Frank Scott Corey Wicks, All Souls' longest serving minister, delivered a sermon “Good Men In Hell”, that was reprinted the next day in the Indianapolis Star and published and reprinted by the American Unitarian Association over thirty times. It was among the most widely circulated Unitarian sermons, and posited the idea that the Unitarian mandate was to go to troubled places and be with troubled people. Where would we go and whom would we be with if we lived this mandate today? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline The Baltimore Address in 2019 09/17/2019
The Baltimore Address in 2019 In 1819, William Ellery Channing claimed the slur "Unitarian", proclaiming distinct theological sources and establishing the grounding propositions of Unitarianism. 200 years later, how can we recenter Channing's message? What is our radical and real message to our times? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline My UUism; Your UUism 09/02/2019
My UUism; Your UUism This month we will explore the big theological ideas in Unitarian Universalism by returning to some of the most famous sermons, but the ideas that matter are the ones that are most central to our own ordinary and extraordinary lives. Come hear some of our All Souls members share the theological tenets that mean the most to them, and how they are in their lives.
info_outline Like a Mighty Stream 08/26/2019
Like a Mighty Stream Why does it only take a small minority to create major change? How have big change makers understood themselves, and developed an ethical and theological framework that allows them to remain in and channel a mighty stream for love, justice, compassion and change? Rev. Anastassia preaching.
info_outline "Our Community is the Vessel that Holds Us" by Rev. Anastassia Zinke 08/05/2019
"Our Community is the Vessel that Holds Us" by Rev. Anastassia Zinke On this Ingathering Sunday, we will come together as one community, formed from all the living generations, to bless each other through our water communion. As we begin our series “Let Justice Roll Down,” we will consider how the justice-making that we do collectively ought to begin with blessing, forgiveness, commitment, and love. Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed as they head into a new school year. All are invited to bring some water from a favorite local swimming hole, a kitchen faucet, or somewhere they've been this summer. Featuring Rev. Anastassia and the All Souls Choir.
info_outline "Celebrating and Supporting Fathering" by Rev. Kayla Parker 06/24/2019
"Celebrating and Supporting Fathering" by Rev. Kayla Parker The first Father's Day was a sombre event. It was held as a pastoral response to the Monogah Mining Disaster, which killed 361 men and 250 fathers in West Virginia. Today, we honor the sacrifice of fathers and all the fathering we have received and given.
info_outline "Who Do We Honor?" by Rev. Anastassia Zinke 05/26/2019
"Who Do We Honor?" by Rev. Anastassia Zinke Memorial Day has its origins in the United States when Americans began honoring those who died on both sides of the Civil War. America is again in a period of deep division. How can this holiday encourage us to see value in those who sacrifice themselves not only for what they believe in, but also for those who hold significantly different values? Sermon beginning at 31:40.
info_outline Guns Down America Town Hall 05/12/2019
Guns Down America Town Hall Guns Down America is traveling across the country to organize action-driven town halls that answer the question: what can I do to help reduce gun deaths in America? This event focused on generating citizen action on the local, state, and federal levels to reduce gun deaths. The event aimed to educate people about the horrors of our broken system, plug advocates into edgy campaigns designed to financially drain the gun industry and the NRA, and help generate unique action plans that will push the 2020 presidential candidates to finally tackle the issue of gun violence in a bold way.
info_outline "Easter is the Salvation Story Needed for the Earth" by Rev. Anastassia Zinke 04/22/2019
"Easter is the Salvation Story Needed for the Earth" by Rev. Anastassia Zinke On this Earth Day weekend and Easter Sunday, let us follow the example of the early Jesus followers, who told improbable and hopeful stories of Jesus' return. We need to become evangelists for the restoration of our planet and the rebirth of its biodiversity. As an act of ritual recommitment, we will also celebrate our Unitarian Flower Communion.