Adult Spiritual Development

The All Souls Adult Spiritual Development program brings people together in different places and formats, like different threads, to form a spiritual, intellectual, communal tapestry for our daily lives.


  • To register, unless otherwise indicated, click on the linked class title.
  • If there is a fee, you can pay as you register online. We turn nobody away; if you'd like a waiver of the fee, please contact Gary Penn (; 202.517.1465).
  • If a class reaches its maximum before you register, you can be placed on a waiting list by contacting Gary.


All ASD offerings, other than those related to membership or fellowship, have fees. Fees cover some portion of the cost of the whole program, but most of the cost is covered by congregant annual pledges. We encourage everyone (member or not) who takes an ASD class to pledge annually.

Upcoming Events and Classes


Book discussion: Howard Zinn’s A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

Zinn’s inspiring book is charged with spiritual power and lessons for and benefits of activism for a better world. It is timely for energizing political and social activists, as well as deepening the commitment of the already active. Zinn’s book makes history come alive, connecting his selected essays on the past to our intended future. It is very congenial to our currently enhanced buzz of activism. Reading assignments: Mar. 15 - chapters 1-14; Mar. 22 - chapters 15-24; Mar. 29 - chapters 25-end.

Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29, 7-9pm, Longfellow.
Facilitators: Daniel Kornfield ( and José Luis Sánchez (
No fee.


Let’s Read Orwell’s 1984

“Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.” It is not 1948 or 1984, but Big Brother and Newspeak are more relevant than ever. Let’s discuss 1984, George Orwell’s dark vision of a totalitarian state that falsifies reality to assert power.

Mon., Mar. 20, 7pm
RSVP to Wendy (


An Actor's Perspective: Antigone

Explore the rich complexity of Sophocles’ Antigone from an actor's point of view, using Seamus Heaney’s contemporary adaptation, The Burial at Thebes. Led by award-winning playwright Norman Allen.

Saturday, Mar. 25, 10am - 3:30 pm (with lunch break), Eaton Room.
Fee: $15.


My Vocation: Do I Really Have One of Those?

In this workshop, we will explore the meaning of vocation and calling and how they reveal themselves in our lives. Through exercises and discussions, we’ll consider vocational questions in our own lives, identify issues we may be struggling with, and explore them with others in a supportive community. The workshop’s goal is to help participants consider ways to more fully live out their authentic selves and values in the world – whether through paid work, volunteer activities, family life, or other avenues. By its conclusion, participants will be able to articulate their current sense of their vocation and will have tools and resources to help them pursue their vocational journeys.

This workshop is designed for those who …

  • are wondering what vocation means and if they have one
  • are seeking more clarity about their vocations
  • want to further align their deepest selves with the work they do
  • have talents/interests/passions they are not fully sharing with the world
  • feel a pull to do something different in life, but are not sure what direction to go in or how to start

The workshop intentionally focuses on vocation rather than career: it is intended to help participants reflect on their histories and consider future directions. It will not teach practical job-finding or networking skills.

Four Mondays: Apr. 17, 24, May 1, 8; half-day retreat on Sat., May 13. Because each class session builds on the previous one, and because creating community is an important part of the workshop, we ask that those who register be able to attend all sessions. Facilitators: Michael Milano, Jennifer Bruneau, Sara Frueh. Fee: $25.


Book discussion: Noam Chomsky’s Who Rules the World?

Chomsky’s book is an enlightening, in-depth analysis of the current international situation. He also calls for greater public involvement to save democracy, ourselves, and the planet. On its last page, Chomsky asks readers to pose a re-framed question to the title question: “What principles and values rule the world?” Chomsky’s Who Rules the World? is of great appeal to students and observers of history and international political analysis.

Wednesdays, May 17, 24, 31, 7-9pm, Longfellow.
No fee.


New Testament Discussion Group

Gather with fellow UUs interested in Bible history and literacy, as we journey through Christianity’s canonical scriptures, from the Gospel of Matthew to the Book of Revelation.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, September 2016-May 2017
Cost: free. No need to register; just drop in.
Facilitators: Jose Luis Sanchez ( and Dana E. Connors (


Feminine Power Book Club

The Thursday night book study is transitioning to a focus of Feminine Power. Our first book study will be a New York Times Bestseller in three different categories, Regena Thomashauer's Pussy: A Reclamation Story. This book focuses on the Divine Feminine and women’s wisdom. All are invited to our upcoming Thursday evening book study. In world where where marches and protests are becoming normal, what does the Divine Feminine have to say and how can we be a stand for Self-care, Self-Love, Pleasure, and Connection? The meeting structure will include, but is not limited to, sharing gratitudes, a book reading aloud, and group discussion. There are no requirements for attending, please come as you are. You do not have to read the book to participate or get value. We will all benefit by each other’s presence.

Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm
Cost: free. No need to register; just drop in.
Facilitators: Jennifer Bailey (; 614-571-7052)


Philosophical Souls

Spring dates: Feb. 22, Mar. 29, Apr. 26, 7:00–8:30 PM, All Souls Church or a member's home
Facilitators: John Tambornino and Sara Frueh

Honoring Socrates’ belief in the rewards of the examined life and the UU commitment to a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” Philosophical Souls holds discussions that tackle big questions in small settings. During each gathering we explore a basic philosophical or theological question. To participate, you only need what is available to us all—an open and inquiring mind. Join us for one gathering or many! No need to register. To be added to the e-mail list to be notified about topics and locations of future meetings, contact Sara (


About All Souls

Learn and ask questions about Unitarian Universalism and All Souls Church. This informal session lasts about an hour.

First Sundays of the month, Longfellow Room.
No registration, no fee; just drop in.