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. ASD offerings fall into five categories. Click on each to be brought directly to that section.


  • To register, unless otherwise indicated, please email Gary Penn ( with the name of the class in the subject line.
  • You will soon be able to pay for your class online; in the meantime, you may bring payment to the first class or send (attn: Gary Penn) a check made out to All Souls Church Unitarian, with the class name on the note line. We turn nobody away; if you'd like a waiver of the fee, please contact Gary.
  • 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.

Spiritual Growth and Transformation

All Souls Bible Discussion Group

Gather with fellow UUs interested in Bible history and literacy, as we journey through the Hebrew Scriptures (otherwise known as the “Old Testament”). This comfortably paced reading will give us a grounded, structured method for discussing universal themes of contemporary relevance, such as love and fidelity, filial duty, group identity and survival, hospitality to strangers, inter-ethnic marriages, justice, territoriality and political power, our human search for divinity, transcendence, and wholeness. Conversely, in trying to situate ourselves in biblical times, we may learn that “self-evident and timeless” truths are actually time- and culture-bound. We’ll explore contradictions and repetitions and discover who wrote the Bible, for what purposes, and how it became holy over the centuries. All are welcome, and welcome any time: come every week or when the topic interests you! Although participants are encouraged to contribute perspectives from secondary literature, the only required text is a Bible (any version—in fact, different translations will help us extract the essence of the texts). We will place the Bible in its historical and cultural context, without deference to any dogmatic interpretations or theological teachings. Together we’ll discuss and evaluate the relevance of the Bible’s texts to UUs and other spiritual seekers. After working through the Hebrew Scriptures in 2015-16, we’ll move to the Christian Scriptures in 2016-17.

OnMay 10, discuss Lamentations 4-5 and Ezekiel 1-25.

When: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sep. 15, 2015-May 31, 2016
Where: All Souls
Cost: free
Facilitators: Jose Luis Sanchez ( and Dana E. Connors (

Philosophical Souls

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00–8:30 PM
Where: All Souls Church or John Tambornino’s apartment
Facilitators: John Tambornino and Sara Frueh

Honoring Socrates’ belief in the unique rewards of the examined life, Philosophical Souls holds monthly discussions to tackle big questions in small settings. To participate, you only need what is available to us all—an open and inquiring mind. During each gathering we will explore a basic philosophical or theological question. Join us for one gathering or many! To be added to the mailing list to be notified about future meetings, e-mail Sara (

Welcoming, Diverse, Vibrant Community

Roots and Wings

This six-session course introduces members, new and old, to the history of our church and denomination. Contact Membership Director Heather Kramer ( for more information.

Stay tuned for next scheduled class
Where: All Souls
Cost: free
Limited to 15

About All Souls

Location varies
Several Sundays throughout the year. Look for dates in weekly announcements.
Learn and ask questions about Unitarian Universalism and All Souls Church. This informal session lasts about an hour.
No registration, no fee; just drop in.

Service and Prophetic Action

Economic Inequality in DC

For years, literature on DC politics and racism has been far scarcer than in most major American cities. We’ll discuss an exciting new book, Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington DC (one chapter each month, Mar.-May), and attend events where contributors to the volume present their work.

Final Wednesdays, Mar.-May, evenings
Facilitator: Sam Menefee-Libey
Fee: $5/session

This Changes Everything

Watch a documentary video about and then read and discuss Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism and the Climate.

Four Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm, May 2, 9, 16, and 23
Facilitators: Karl Grindal/Jose Luis Sanchez
Fee: $20

Other F-UU-N