Exploring All Souls - Considering Membership

Dear Friend, 

If you are beginning to feel at home here, the All Souls Membership Committee invites you to come to our online Discovery Circles (formerly known as our Considering Membership workshop.) This sharing circle is designed to help you find deeper connection and insight into our Unitarian Universalist community at All Souls and to answer questions you may have about what it means to be a member. The time together will provide information to those who may be considering a deeper commitment to Unitarian Universalism and the All Souls congregation. Have you thought about becoming a member of All Souls? Would you like to learn more about what it means to be a member of the All Souls community? Or maybe you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the Unitarian Universalist faith. If so, our Discovery Circle is the place to be.

In March 2021 Rev. Carolyn, Perry Montrose and I held a series of three consecutive Sunday Discovery Circles for newcomers to All Souls.  This series was centered around the three parts of our mission statement: welcoming, caring, and justice seeking.  Each week we had a short reading assigned and then gathered to share our thoughts. 

We will hold another membership class in the fall of 2021, or spring of 2022.  Perhaps it will be online or perhaps it will be in person.  Time will tell!  Watch for details in the All Souls weekly e-blast, on Facebook and in the announcements at the end of Sunday services. On May 9, 2021 New Member Sunday was held and 9 new members joined our congregation.  Here's a link to that service:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWEt9hKuBxc ​​​​​​​

Membership Ceremony in the Peace Garden May 2021

For more information about membership, please contact membership chair, Lynn Tavormina at membership@allsouls.net.

Ultimately, we designed the time together to offer you a process of discernment in your search for a spiritual home. We’ll share conversation and learn about each other’s journeys to All Souls. We’ll explore the history and values of the UU faith tradition; get to know Reverend Carolyn Patierno and Director of Faith Formation Perry Montrose; and enjoy the opportunity to befriend other kindred spirits. We invite you to join us to discover more - we'd love to get to know you!

Sign-the-Book Sunday

In January 2019 we began to offer the opportunity to become a member at All Souls by signing the membership book during coffee hour at two of our January services. This opportunity was designed for those people who were ready to become members and didn't feel the need to attend a workshop. It also was a time for those youth who had participated in our Coming of Age program the previous year to formally become congregational members and have the ability to vote at our Annual Meeting. 19 people signed the book January 2019. Obviously offering this opportunity met the needs of many people! So on Sunday December 8, 2019 and Sunday January 12, 2020 we did it again! Sixteen people joined on those Sundays, and three more joined on New Member Sunday. Going forward we hope to offer Sign-the-Book Sunday again, once we are back to meeting in person.

With blessings on your journey,
Lynn Tavormina, Membership Chair
And the All Souls Membership Team



Welcoming New Members 


Our 100+ year old membership book



Living the Covenant/Expectations of Membership

At All Souls New London we take membership seriously. We are self governed and self sustaining and our congregation exists because members are actively engaged in all aspects of congregational life. They participate in worship, in programming and events, and in the democratic process by which we govern ourselves. Members carefully tend to the stewardship of our finances, our buildings and the care of each other. Through all of this we covenant to walk together and to live out our Unitarian Universalist values and the mission and vision of All Souls. This is how we live our covenant:


Presence, Participation, Practice and Financial Commitment


Presence: Members attend worship services regularly. Reverend Carolyn Patierno calls this “Showing Up”. Your presence is important and we miss you when you’re not there. Sometimes showing up is not just for you – someone else may need your presence. And the more you are present, the more connected you will be to the congregation.


Participation: Members participate in the life of All Souls. Join a ministry team or committee, teach a Religious Education class, sing with the choir, offer to be a coffee host or bring snacks for coffee hour, become part of a Small Group Ministry group, help with the gardens, sign up to bring flowers for a worship service. Participate at a level that works for you, knowing that at different stages in our lives we have more or less time to give to these things. You may wish to start slowly by volunteering for one-time events or by saying “yes” when volunteers are needed.


Practice: Members practice their religion by living a life that embodies our UU principles. We live our values and carry them forth into the world. Engaging in a personal spiritual practice such as meditation, prayer, or journal writing is one way to do this. Or you may choose to practice your religion by putting your beliefs and values into action through social justice work or through caring and ministry to others. There are many ways that you may choose to live out your Unitarian Universalist principles in daily life, keeping your heart open to transformation.


Financial Commitment: Our members financially support the vision and mission of All Souls by making an annual financial commitment. Members determine for themselves the amount of their annual financial commitment. We ask that members work toward a goal of 5% of net income, but you are welcome to give to the extent that your circumstances allow.


Please note: in order to vote at congregational meetings a person needs to have been a member for 60 days and to have made a contribution of record within the past year.


In summary -

We live the covenant through our Presence, Participation, Practice and Financial Commitment



Ten Good Reasons For Joining A Unitarian Universalist Congregation

 by Bill and Barbara Hamilton-Holway and Mark Harris

Because here we join with open hearts and minds to worship together, seeking what is sacred among us.

Because here we are part of a long, liberal tradition of reason and tolerance, of hope and liberation.

Because here we honor our Jewish and Christian roots, and also reach out to know the great truths found in other religious expressions.

Because here we acknowledge that revelation is never sealed and empower ourselves to search for new truths.

Because here we nurture our children's enthusiasms and encourage their questions.

Because here we welcome diverse people and views.

Because here we join our strength with others to create a more just society.

Because here we respect the whole self - mind, body, and spirit working together.

Because here we encourage each other to be true to ourselves.

Because here we build a supportive community that eases our loneliness and opens our hearts.



  August 2021  
Upcoming Events


7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
Everyone is most welcome! The Meditation Group meets twice weekly: at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Basic guidelines are offered to all newcomers, and guided mediation is offered during some of the sessions.

Each session includes silent sitting mediation, walking mediation, and dharma sharing, in which folks may share their meditation experiences. On most second Wednesdays, our coordinator offers guided meditation with the body, from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. Attendance is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information please contact Pamala Lewis: pamalalewis@comcast.net or Jean Jerbert: j.jerbert@yahoo.com


5:30 PM
Craft Circle
7:00 PM
We are an inclusive social group of adults interested in crafts. We gather with each other on Wednesday evenings to work on our own current personal projects. Whatever the skill: knit, crochet, needlepoint, zentangle, sewing, quilting, beadwork, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, we are willing to teach what we know to others.

Childcare is not provided. Come and be with us as your schedule permits: once a week or once a month, whatever works for you.
Contact: Carol Bunting - cbeema@sbcglobal.net
Kate Treadwell-Hill - treadhill@gmail.com

Note: Members of our group are highly sensitive to perfume. Please refrain from wearing scent.


7:00 PM