Before each Sunday service, two greeters set up in the narthex to help oriented visitors and others new to All Souls. After each service, we offer hospitality, chat, answer questions, and generally make newcomers feel welcomed amid the hubbub of congregants. If you’re outgoing and have a bit of spare time, we’d love to have you on our team.
Ministries, Groups, and Activities
In 1948, inspired by the sermons of the Rev. A. Powell Davies, children at All Souls collected school supplies to send to Hiroshima, Japan. In appreciation, the school children in Hiroshima created original works of art, which they sent back to All Souls as gifts. The HCD Committee shares this transformative story as part of All Souls’ peace and reconciliation initiative. Major activities include sponsoring visitors from as far away as Japan to learn about the drawings; sharing the story with other congregations through a traveling docents program; arranging traveling exhibitions; and building relationships with Japanese and other US partners in peace activities. HCD is sponsoring the 30 member multigenerational Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage to Hiroshima in August 2014.
A standing committee of the Board of Trustees, we advise the Board on the church’s investment accounts and guidelines and oversee our professional investment managers. We report to the Board on the performance of the endowment funds and recommend annual disbursements to support the church’s operations. We also provide guidance on the financing of capital improvements to the church.
Founded 36 years ago by Ysaye Barnwell, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Jubilee Singers use music to promote social justice, healing, love, and ecology. Our repertoire includes spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, anthems, and music from around the world. We typically sing two services at All Souls Church on the second Sunday of the month, and an average of once a month at community events throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
We are a group of All Souls congregants and affiliates who gather to practice mindfulness. After meditating, we discuss various topics, sometimes led by guests from the wider mindfulness community. We see ourselves as complementing Sunday and Vespers services as well as covenant groups (from which we differ in that our group is more fluid in structure and membership and more focused in theme). Subscribe by sending blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than 30 years, the Mother's Day Plant Sale has brightened the courtyard, supported green growth and member gardens, and raised money for All Souls.
We work to build, strengthen, and diversify All Souls’ Music Ministry; support concerts and events; publicize the Ministry’s activities; and support staff. Current projects include building community within/among the choirs and developing a presence on social media. We invite new members to help us represent the congregation in our work.
Since the Supreme Court's ruling in June 2013 eviscerating the Voting Rights Act, states such as North Carolina have passed legislation that restricts voting access for students, immigrants, the working poor, people of color, and the formerly incarcerated. We kicked off our campaign in August 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and joined UUs from around the country at the Moral March on Raleigh in February 2014.
The goal of All Souls’ potluck Seder is to emphasize the traditional principles of freedom from oppression. Compared to other Seders, however, ours is broader in intent and inclusiveness, taking on a distinct UU flavor. We draw parallels between the Jewish slaves in Egypt and African slaves in the US and highlight other types of oppression based on sexual orientation, physical disability, or even our own harsh views of ourselves. The Seder service and dinner, free and child-friendly, includes singing and a story for the children by Rev. Hardies. It draws more than 100 people each year.
We provide a voice for the concerns of senior members of All Souls. We offer educational programs focused on issues of aging and sponsor intergenerational, social fundraising activities such as the Church Picnic and Crab Fest. Keenly interested in telling the church’s history, we researched and produced the Ministers exhibition, hanging in Pierce Hall. Open to all who wish to participate and help, we recruit new members by word of mouth and through posts in the church’s publications.
Souls in the Center offers social and service opportunities for All Souls members and friends in their 30s–50s. The calendar of events includes volunteer opportunities such as assisting with the recent “War and Peace” Concert and other events at All Souls, potluck suppers and brunches, hikes and bike rides, museum visits, and joining in events with other area UU churches. For more information, join the “Souls in the Center” Google Group and on Facebook. Check out our calendar of events.
We plan, coordinate, and execute all revenue activities for the church’s present and future operating needs. (We coordinate with but are separate from the Third Century Challenge capital campaign.) Our overriding mission is to provide the financial backbone for the church's ministries and to deepen congregants’ awareness of generosity as a spiritual practice. Annual activities include auctions, book sales, galas, and the Annual Giving Campaign.
We cook good food and serve it with love, aiming to accommodate diverse diets with menus that appeal to a variety of tastes. As part of our green commitment, we support zero-trash lunches and composting; although there is typically a small charge for lunch, we provide free meals to guests and low-income congregants. We seek individuals or groups to chef, prepare, serve, and clean up. You can sign up for just one Sunday, but many volunteers enjoy it so much they become regulars.
Supper Circles are a way to get to know other congregants in small settings over a good meal. The circle has dinner together once a month for three months. At the end of the three months, we form new circles and the fun begins again. For more information and to fill out form, go to the All Souls Supper Circle page.
Following intensive fundraising in 2011–12, we now track pledges, bring new members into the campaign, re-contact members whose economic situations may have improved, and look beyond our congregation to raise money. As the renovation project progresses, we will form new teams to support the project, including construction oversight, communication, and fundraising teams.
We greet people at the sanctuary doors, hand them an order of service, and, during the service, collect the offering. We may also seat people and help them get comfortable. This is a rewarding way to perform a vital role for the Church. A head usher sends out reminders for the upcoming service. We also need substitute ushers.
We work to integrate the monthly Wednesday evening vespers service into the life of All Souls and create a vibrant shared ministry community. Vespers is a service of shared meditation, Taizé-style chanting, and reflection. It is followed by an informal social gathering in Pierce Hall. We need help with planning, ushering, setting up, providing food, and music making. Vespers music rehearsals take place immediately before the services, from 6:00 to 6:45 pm.
We are devoted to making DC a just city for each and every soul who calls it their home. In partnership with over 50 local congregations and service organizations from every ward in the city, WIN organizes to honor and respect our city's theological, racial, and economic diversity. Current issues: criminal justice, affordable housing, jobs for DC residents, and housing for homeless youth. We invite everyone to our open meetings and citywide actions.
Join us as we create Beloved Community at Camp Tockwogh, two hours from All Souls on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. WOB brings congregants together for spiritual reflection, relaxation, outdoor fun, and a chance to make new connections while strengthening established friendships. Highlights include a Friday night bonfire and Vespers service, Saturday workshops, Saturday evening talent show and dance party, and Sunday outdoor worship service.
We are All Souls’ primary committee for welcoming new members into our community. From coffee hour hospitality to membership orientation classes and events celebrating new members, the committee supports the life and growth of the congregation. We encourage welcoming spaces within the church and recommend practices that can topple barriers (e.g., fostering accessibility, inclusion, support).
We support the ministers in the weekly service and on other occasions as needed. An intentionally diverse and welcoming presence in the pulpit, we represent lay leadership and embody the meaning behind the name All Souls. Worship Associates serve for two years (beginning in March) and meet once a year for training. Applications are accepted year-round. We need new recruits, especially people of color.
A welcoming community for those aged 18-35+, we help members build connections and friendships, pursue spiritual growth, and engage in social justice and community service. Our regular calendar includes a monthly potluck, post-service brunches, a book group, trivia nights, a fall retreat, and other opportunities for fellowship and service. Our members support and respect each other’s' individual search for truth and meaning and we actively cultivate a diverse membership and welcome members from all backgrounds. More details at youngsoulsatallsouls.wordpress.com.