Past Sermons

Please explore this archive of past sermons. You can stream the sermons using the audio player controls or you can download the audio file by clicking on the MP3 file name below the audio player.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

At the heart of our faith is a love beyond belief. Celebrate a new church year with the gospel of Unitarian Universalism.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Patrice Curtis

Like a child who has just learned to ride a bike, a full life lived brings us bumps and bruises. How can our hurts serve a purpose beyond our own lives, and beyond our church walls?

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Bring your dogs, cats, birds, turtles, iguanas, aardvarks, and pushmi-pullyus to be blessed at All Souls.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Rev. Hardies returns from his summer away to answer your questions of faith. If you'd like to submit a question, please send it by Monday, August 11, to Gary Penn ( with "Question of Faith" in the subject line.

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Rev. Rob Keithan

In Islamic tradition, prayer and other religious practices serve as constant reminders that Muslims have duties to Al-lah. Coming to church is one way to remind ourselves of our religious values, but it's not--and probably shouldn't be--the only way. What lessons can we learn from Islam?

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Members of the Young Souls join Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore in worship and sermon, exploring what a Sabbath rest would look like for a day in the world, in our country, and in our individual lives.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

As advocates for justice, there is within each of us a desire to right the wrongs in our world and within our own borders. We protest, we march, we petition, and we train for the “action.” What do we do the day after the day? From whence cometh our inspiration? Our hope? Our strength?

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Mark Ewert

Our lives are changing constantly and during our lifetimes, we are buoyed by economic fortune or battered by financial challenges. Join All Souls member Mark Ewert as he talks about what it takes to stay grounded in our values when the circumstances of our lives change.

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Rev. John Crestwell

Our guest minister, the Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr., will use emotional literacy strategies to discuss how to communicate in a way that eliminates personal and professional conflicts. Are you ready to release your love? Come hear more!

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

All Souls Church’s spiritual theme for the summer is “Sabbath.” The Sabbath is usually understood as a weekly day of rest or time of worship. Is it really a day of rest? Is it really a time of worship? Let’s take an honest look at how we “keep the Sabbath.”

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Join Rev. Newman Moore and members of the Adult Spiritual Development class, Building Your Own Theology, as they share what they have discovered—that “theology can be, and often is, exhilarating, exciting, and endlessly fascinating, because it has to do with the stuff of human experience, the meaning of being and becoming.” (Richard S. Gilbert, UU Minister)

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

One year ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for which a former minister of this church was martyred. Other recent court decisions have allowed unprecedented amounts of corporate cash to flow into our political system. How can "we the people" reclaim our democracy? And what is the relationship between our democracy and our faith?

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

"This could be our revolution," writes Alice Walker, "to love what is plentiful as much as what is scarce." How do we learn to love what is already ours?

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

How do we build and sustain family? What’s love got to do with it? Are families forever? We’ll explore how GLBTIQQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning) and straight communities have redefined and widened notions of family.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

How do we re-learn joy after we’ve lost it?

Summer worship schedule begins: one service only at 10:15 am.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Join Rev. Hardies and the young people of our Coming of Age class as they share with us their hopes, dreams and faith, and as we mark this important rite of passage.

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Life places burdens on our shoulders—burdens of loss and care. Sometimes we can lay our burdens down, but often we must learn to carry them. How do we lighten the heavy load of loss?

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

Dying is as much a part of living as being born. How do we understand and prepare ourselves for loss? There are support groups, and there are books, but nothing can help more than the experiences of others who have lost loved ones and can tell their story through their tears.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Rev. Dr. Terence Ellen

Inspired by our faith tradition's insistence on democratic process, Theodore Parker called on government to be "of, by, and for all the people." Abraham Lincoln's version of Parker's words became the definition of democracy the world over, rallying the dispossessed to its just and hopeful call. Coming from this heritage, today, on this Earth Day, we are faced with the immense, urgent moral issue of climate change. We need like never before the full wisdom, accountability, inspiration, and strength that lived democratic process provides us. And we need each one of us, for, as Susan B. Anthony once put it, "failure is impossible."

Rev. Dr. Terence Ellen, a UU minister for 28 years, is executive director of UUs for Social Justice in the National Capital Region. He is a founding member of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and serves on the Board of Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Sometimes the new life we hope for is right before our very eyes, if only we’d open them and see. Join us on Easter Sunday for a joyous celebration of hope and new life.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Join us for our annual Good Friday tenebrae service.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

April 4, 2014, was the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. Dr. King was a man of God who sought to teach us to love. April 13, Palm Sunday, is a day to reflect on an event that took place centuries ago, when hundreds celebrated Jesus, a man of God who sought to teach us to love. Let's look at the life and ministry of these two men and the ways in which we must renew their vision.

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

As we kick-off rebuilding our spiritual home, we reflect on the church’s mission to rebuild all that's broken in our world. Please join us for a rousing worship service and a special groundbreaking ceremony after each service.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

Our lives are like one great adventure. Are we equipped to handle the things life brings to us?  I believe we have all we need—right inside.