November 2019  
Monthly Faith Formation News

November 2019

Lifespan Faith Formation

All Souls Unitarian Universalist faith formation
nurtures liberal religious discovery and the spiritual development of children, youth, and adults.


Faith Formation News from Perry Montrose,
Director of Faith Formation



Perry's Ponderings


A wise person once told me, “You can do it all, just not all at once.” We have the tendency in today’s culture to want to do everything all at once. Our schedules are filled with a multitude of activities and obligations that we think are all necessities. In doing so, we then feel the effects of being overscheduled and overwhelmed. If we take time to discern what activities are priorities and how we want to be engaged in them, we reclaim the soulful piece of our movement through each day.

I have been hearing youth say that they feel the pressure of perfectionism and easily fall into thinking they are a disappointment when they do not meet those expectations. Many are engaged in overfull schedules that impose a high bar for success.  Sadly, youth are being deprived of the time to absorb the world around them, process their experiences, and find their core self. Having that time is vital to our well-being and emotional growth.

When I ask parents at All Souls how they are doing, they almost always name the issue of being too busy. Longer work days, youth sports leagues, and the inundation of tech communication are contributing factors. However, there is also an overriding feeling in our culture that if you are not busy, then you are going to fall behind or not maximize the opportunities in your life. In reality, we are selling ourselves spiritually and emotionally short.

Brene Brown theorizes that we have learned to keep ourselves busy to avoid dealing with our inner work. She says, “Crazy-busy' is a great armor, it's a great way for numbing. What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we're feeling and what we really need can't catch up with us.” When we slow down we can allow ourselves to reflect and feel what we need for true fulfillment. In working through this, we are more able to be fully present and live authentically.

As a faith community, we have the potential to support one another in this endeavor. All Souls is a place to have the conversation about life overwhelm and how that might shift for your family. On Friday, November 15, we are inviting families to join us for a dinner and conversation about this topic. Part of the evening includes prepping a meal that you can take home to freeze and one for our Caring Team to deliver when someone is going through difficulty. Self-care and caring for others go hand-in-hand. We are able to offer our best selves to do good in the world when we are sure to nurture our physical and emotional well-being.

Please link here for more information about the dinner and to RSVP:




Our Classes:

Infant and Toddler Childcare - We offer child/nursery care for children under 3 years of age. Our staff and volunteers are ready for interactive play!

Pre-K / Kindergarten: “Spirit Play” - These young Souls will explore matters of the spirit and heart through Spirit Play. Spirit Play includes ritualized storytelling, “wondering questions,” and various activity stations.

1st-3rd Grade: “Faithful Journeys” - This curriculum helps to ground children in who UU’s are, what we value and how we live. Centered around the 7 UU principles, children will engage their minds, spirits, and bodies.

4th-6th Grade: “Bibleodeon” & “Our Whole Lives” - This class will explore Hebrew and Christian scriptures, dramatizing some of the best-known Bible stories through theatrical play, TV reporting, and other fun projects. For the final part of the year, we will teach the “Our Whole Lives” (OWL) sexuality and faith curriculum.

7th-8th Grade: “Heeding the Call” - “Heeding the Call” is a series of workshops that will help youth to develop the leadership qualities needed for social justice work in our world. Topics include Empathy, Courage, Abundance, and Joy, as key ingredients for being responsive to justice issues in our society.

9th- 10th Grade Coming of Age - Beginning in October, we will offer the “Coming of Age” program to our 9th-10th graders. It includes discussions of religious and ethical questions, community building and service, and the youth sharing their “credos,” or faith statements, in a special worship service.

Youth Group - 11:15 AM - 9th-12th graders check in with one another, engage the “Big Questions” of the day, and build community in a safe and fun environment. Service projects and social outings just for fun are added.