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 the linked class title.
  • 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, 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.

Upcoming Events and Classes


Book discussion: Noam Chomsky’s Who Rules the World?

Chomsky’s book is an enlightening, in-depth analysis of the current international situation. He also calls for greater public involvement to save democracy, ourselves, and the planet. On its last page, Chomsky asks readers to pose a re-framed question to the title question: “What principles and values rule the world?” Chomsky’s Who Rules the World? is of great appeal to students and observers of history and international political analysis.

Wednesdays, May 17, 24, 31, 7-9pm, Longfellow.
No fee.


New Testament Discussion Group

Gather with fellow UUs interested in Bible history and literacy, as we journey through Christianity’s canonical scriptures, from the Gospel of Matthew to the Book of Revelation.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, September 2016-May 2017
Cost: free. No need to register; just drop in.
Facilitators: Jose Luis Sanchez ( and Dana E. Connors (


Feminine Power Book Club

The Thursday night book study is transitioning to a focus of Feminine Power. Our first book study will be a New York Times Bestseller in three different categories, Regena Thomashauer's Pussy: A Reclamation Story. This book focuses on the Divine Feminine and women’s wisdom. All are invited to our upcoming Thursday evening book study. In world where where marches and protests are becoming normal, what does the Divine Feminine have to say and how can we be a stand for Self-care, Self-Love, Pleasure, and Connection? The meeting structure will include, but is not limited to, sharing gratitudes, a book reading aloud, and group discussion. There are no requirements for attending, please come as you are. You do not have to read the book to participate or get value. We will all benefit by each other’s presence.

Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm
Cost: free. No need to register; just drop in.
Facilitators: Jennifer Bailey (; 614-571-7052)


Weekend Retreat: Philosophy as a Way of Life?

The ancients believed that philosophy was not a specialized academic pursuit but rather a way of living, of thinking, and being, in daily pursuit of truth, virtue, and the good life. What would it mean to live philosophically today? Please join us for a weekend retreat--devoted to reflection, dialogue, fellowship, solitude, and silence--to explore your philosophical questions, how our lives might become philosophical, and how this may offer a distinct spiritual path. We will retreat to a quiet, beautiful, natural setting, from 5:00 pm Friday to 2:00 pm Sunday, September 29-October 1, at Dayspring Retreat Center in Germantown, Maryland. To make the most of the retreat, we will meet at church on Sunday, September 17, 1:00-3:00 pm, to begin our discussion, and on Sunday, October 15, 1:00-3:00 pm, to reflect on our new experiences and insights. Our main text will be Robert Nozick’s The Examined Life: Philosophical Meditations, which should be purchased in advance. No prior study in philosophy is necessary to participate! All Souls member John Tambornino will lead the retreat, which is limited to 11 participants. The cost of $220 includes registration, Dayspring single-occupancy lodging, and meals; the book is available for about $10. To register, please complete the participant application by July 15.


Philosophical Souls

Spring dates: Feb. 22, Mar. 29, Apr. 26, 7:00–8:30 PM, All Souls Church or a member's home
Facilitators: John Tambornino and Sara Frueh

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. During each gathering we explore a basic philosophical or theological question. 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. To be added to the e-mail list to be notified about topics and locations of future meetings, contact Sara (


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.