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 course title and then the "Register" link.
  • 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 or to pay what you can, 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.


Ongoing Opportunities for spritual deeping and transformation at All Souls

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.


A serene and beautiful monthly service of music, silence, and spiritual practice. Second Wednesdays, September through June, 7:30 pm.

Mindful Souls

A time to gather and meditate together, followed by discussion led by congregants or others from the broader DC community. Sundays, 1:00 pm.

Philosophical Souls

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. 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. Contact Sara (

Covenant Groups

These small groups meet regularly, often in people’s homes, for community, mutual support, simple ritual, and spiritual growth through reflection on the All Souls monthly theme or an affinity. To be placed in a covenant group, fill out the enrollment interest form at Open enrollment for fall 2017: Sep. 24-Oct. 18.

Covenant Group Gathering. Come learn about covenant groups and hear from covenant group leaders. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30-9:00 pm.

Clearness Gatherings

A Clearness Gathering is a small group of fellow travelers who offer 2.5 hours of support as you discern a question important in your life. Asking honest, open-ended questions, they listen to the voice of your inner teacher, that spark of the Divine within us. Life has ways of creating static that interferes with that voice; the Clearness Gathering is one way to clear the static and to live into your original blessing. Brian Marshall or Michael Milano are happy to talk with you about Clearness Gatherings. Email us at

ASD Workshops, Retreats, and Courses

Click on the class title to reach the registration link.

UU4Core III: Unitarian Universalist Ethics and Activism (Spring 2018)

Our spiritual perspective impels us to work for justice, and our justice work demands our ongoing spiritual development. This course will deepen our knowledge of the inspiring heritage of UU activism, the ethical frameworks that have led UUs to work for peace, prison reform, abolition of slavery, women’s rights, LGBTQ liberation, immigration reform, countering white supremacy, eco-justice, and more. We will grapple with struggle points in our own transformation and as well as acquire tools to put our faith into practice. Exact dates TBA.

Roots & Wings

This interactive six-session class fosters an exploration of All Souls, Unitarian Universalism, and your own spiritual journey. It introduces members, new and old, to the history of our church and governance as well as the denomination. It’s also a great way to bond with a smaller group of your fellow congregants.

Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity

All Souls is excited to announce the start of a powerful pathway for spiritual growth and relationship building that advances our dream of beloved community. A transformative curriculum grounded in spiritual practice and our UU faith, Beloved Conversations is a learning laboratory for how to live healthily in a multiracial, multicultural, theologically diverse community, and how to work for a racially just world, both within and beyond our congregation. Led by Dr. Mark Hicks, Meadville Lombard Professor of Religious Education, Beloved Conversations opens with a 1.5-day immersive retreat at All Souls (Fri., Apr. 13, 6:00-9:30 pm & Sat., Apr. 14, 9:00 am-4:45 pm). A light dinner and lunch will be served. After the retreat, small groups of 10-15 people will meet for four two-hour weekly sessions, either on Monday evenings or Wednesday evenings. Click on the group that fits your schedule to register.