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.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Rev. Hardies and Children of the Church

Our early Christmas service is designed especially for families with young children—as well as the “young at heart” of all ages! The Jubilee Singers and Children’s Choir will sing. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”

Sunday, December 20, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies and friends

On this Sunday before Christmas, Revs. Hardies will be joined by the children of the church to tell a very special story set to some very special music. An All Souls tradition.

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

The holidays are upon us, and with them our busy lives get even busier. How do we live in such a way that our souls don’t get left behind?

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

We so often associate “light” with goodness and “dark” with evil. Inspired by Howard Thurman’s invitation to embrace the beauty of the luminous dark, this sermon will reflect on the holiness of night and the blessings of the dark turning of the year towards winter. Rest, dream, creative gestations, and encounters with mystery—how might this season offer us an advent that re-orients us to the depths of healing and joy?

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Our family of birth, or our family born of friendship are with us--whether they are seated around the table or present in our minds. The challenges we face and the memories we cherish feed us every day.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

This Sunday is our annual Thanksgiving Collection of Food and Funds to support our neighbors in need.

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Our church is located at the crossroads of our city—the intersection of many neighborhoods, peoples, and cultures. How do we live faithfully at the crossroads of our communities? What does it mean to be a church at the crossroads?

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, Rev. Kotaro Suzuki

As we welcome our Buddhist friends from Hiroshima, we reflect on what it means to build peace in our own lives and in our world.

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

The 1930s sultry actress Mae West once said, “It’s not the men in my life, but the life in my men. Longevity is usually understood to mean one’s life expectancy, but I want us not to look at how long one lives, but how well.

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

When we bless our children in church we make a lofty promise that they will “grow old surrounded by beauty, embraced by love and cradled in the arms of peace.” Is that really a promise we can make in today’s world? What can we promise the children?

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

As Unitarians we differ in our beliefs about life after death, but we are united in our belief in life after birth. Our concern is not so much “What happens when I die?” but “What happens when I stop living?” We must embrace life’s blessings before it’s too late.

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Rachel Naomi Remen wrote, “Sometimes life’s power shines through us, even when we do not notice. We become a blessing to others then, simply by being as we are.”

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Sometimes life’s blessings don’t come without a struggle. This is a sermon for anyone who has ever wrestled the blessings from life.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Many come faithfully to church every week, tending to club commitments and volunteering in community programs. Yet some come with a broken spirit--crying out for compassion, hoping for healing. How can one be made whole when church is where it hurts?

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Jews are invited to forsake the vows they’ve made that harm themselves and others, and to “return” to a truer, fuller sense of themselves and their humanity. As Pope Francis arrives to deliver an historic address on global warming, we consider what vows we must forsake in order to live in right relationship with ourselves and our planet.

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Homecoming Sunday: we return to two services at 9:30 and 11:15

At the heart of our church community—at the heart of any Beloved Community—is love. Relationship. As we begin a new church year, let’s set our hearts on love. Join Rev. Hardies, Rev. Newman Moore, Director of Children's Religious Education Dolores Miller, and a combined Festival Choir for this intergenerational celebration of the new church year.

Sunday, September 6, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Personal spirituality is inextricably bound to the struggle for social justice and liberation. Spirituality, as personal encounter and commitment to the God of love, provides the ground, the means, and the goal of social action.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Ten years after the levees broke in New Orleans, how do we understand Katrina in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement? This morning we’ll honor All Souls’ decade-long commitment to helping rebuild New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Rev. Hardies returns from his summer sojourn to answer your questions on matters of faith, spirituality, and social justice. Submit your questions to or post them as comments on our Facebook page.

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Dr. Sharon Groves

How does a welcoming faith community sit with both celebration (#lovewins) and loss (#propheticgrief)?

Sunday, August 9, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

In every age and every culture -- after a great evil, after a devastating event – when it seems as if the world is coming to an end -- there are those who begin again.

Sunday, August 2, 2015
Leo Jones

All Souls' Program Director Leo Jones and congregants Pamela Coukos and Bruce DePuyt share the pulpit to talk about their work in Selma, Alabama.

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Rev. Rob Keithan

It’s easy to miss opportunities for understanding, growth, and relationship when we react to situations out of anger, fear, or self-righteousness.This sermon will explore how a different approach to our daily interactions can open up new possibilities—and maybe even change the world.

Rev. Rob Keithan is a faith organizing and training consultant specializing in reproductive health, rights, and justice issues, as well as congregational social justice programs. His current focus is working on faith engagement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Previously, Rob served as director of public policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a consulting minister at two Unitarian Universalist congregations, and director of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Washington office. He is an affiliated minister of All Souls Church Unitarian and lives with his partner Mandy in Washington, DC.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Creating a beloved community is not the work of one individual. It is work that calls us each by our own name.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Rev. Patrice Curtis

As someone said to me during coffee hour recently, our life’s journey is never finished. Though I will not leave All Souls until July 23, on this, my last Sunday preaching, I will share reflections on my time with you. - Patrice