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.

Classic Readings: Selections from Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Novelist and poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) was the most prominent African-American woman writer of her generation.  Raised in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she joined the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia in 1870, after which she maintained a dual commitment to Unitarianism and the AME. Come learn more about this remarkable writer and activist.

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training: Learning Together About Systemic Racism

Do you wish to nurture your congregation’s multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives?

Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants understand what is involved in nurturing a multicultural community and working against racism in all its forms. The workshop requires a weekend commitment; and it is worth every minute of that commitment.

Classic Readings: Selections from Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller’s writing is overshadowed by the extraordinary events of her life, which saw her move from editorship of the Transcendentalist journal The Dial to becoming the first female book reviewer and foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune and, eventually, a direct participant in the Italian revolutions of 1848. We will consider her life and influence through a sampling of her work.