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May 14, 2017: From the Rector
Over the last several months in our various opportunities for conversation I've noticed two important themes among people here at All Souls. Generally speaking, you respond well to the idea that All Souls is a "church family." Biblically, this idea is rooted in Jesus' own response to a question about his family: "And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother'"...

by Father Jadon

Over the last several months in our various opportunities for conversation I've noticed two important themes among people here at All Souls.  Generally speaking, you respond well to the idea that All Souls is a "church family." Biblically, this idea is rooted in Jesus' own response to a question about his family: "And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother'"(Matthew 12:48-50). So it is a good and joyful thing that we, the people of All Souls, embrace our identity as brothers and sisters in Christ.                                                         

I have also heard an expressed desire for more and/or different "communications." Now different people mean different things by this to be sure, and I am quite sure there is no one thing that will satisfy this hunger. Some of what is necessary is updating of style and a review of how and what we communicate. But it also seems that there is overlap between our identity as a church family and our desire to be informed. I think we want to be more informed not only about church activities but also about one another. 

In the last issue of our parish newsletter, The Message, Elizabeth Terry introduced herself and her role with our communications efforts. Elizabeth has already taken on our Facebook page and a new Instagram presence for All Souls. We can choose to use these tools not only for announcements but also to connect with one another about matters of our faith and church life and share experiences of overlap between faith, church, and the rest of our lives. We are just at the beginning of this effort, but we are already seeing a considerable increase in engagement by way of Facebook and Instagram, and I encourage you to join in and participate. 

Elizabeth is also going to lead an experiment with The Message itself. In the next several weeks instead of a message from me every week, you will begin to see many different voices represented here on the front page of The Weekly. We will put the bi-monthly newsletter on hold and bring the kind of sharing and reflection that is at the heart of The Message into our week-to-week consciousness. This will give us the opportunity to hear more voices and share experiences of living out our core principles as we care, serve, and grow. 

As Elizabeth and I curate this effort we will be looking for opportunities to invite you to take part, either by offering a brief reflection of your own or by joining a small team of people who will help craft and edit these stories around an intentional framework. If you know you would like to take part, please don't wait for us to ask you! Talk to Elizabeth directly (she's in the parish directory) or email news@allsoulsdc.org.

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