Past Sermons

Please explore this archive of past sermons. You can stream the sermons using the audio player controls or you can download the audio file by clicking on the MP3 file name below the audio player.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

On this Earth Day, how might we re-imagine God not as an omnipotent overlord who rules the earth, but as the greening energy that moves within all of life? New theological movements are arising that do this, that speak of “ecospirit” and invite us to a new spiritual grounding for reverencing, protecting and healing the Tree of Life.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Unitarian Universalism is built on the premise that our souls are enlarged by sharing our spiritual journey with others, even those whose beliefs differ from our own. Sometimes we depend upon others to introduce us to the God we’ve been longing for.

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Rev. Abhi Janamanchi

God, yes. God, no! God, maybe. One God at most? Does it matter?  What’s a Unitarian Universalist to do? The service will explore what God means, or doesn't mean, for Unitarian Universalists.

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

When the women came to the tomb on Easter morn, the massive boulder covering the tomb’s entrance had been rolled away. It takes a village to roll away stones and allow new life to enter in. How can we, together, experience a resurrection?

Friday, March 30, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Join us at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Rev. Rebekah Savage

We have come to a critical moment when we are asked to face that we have broken covenant with each other and with our youth and children. As UUs, we affirm the existence of the divine spark within all and yet our moral clarity at times has waned. Our bold prophetic youth now have claimed their voice. How shall we faithfully respond? 

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

You can take a vacation from the pressures of work, family, and home life, but you can’t take a vacation from yourself. Wherever you go you take yourself along, including all your demons, foibles and failings, negative self-talk, and unattractive qualities. Rather than fleeing our lives, how do find liberation by staying in place?

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Rev. Rob Keithan

Our nation was founded by religious people who believed in hell and thought it was necessary to motivate good moral behavior. Early Unitarian and Universalists rejected that notion. So, to whom, or to what, are we accountable?

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

“Why is the Buddha crying?” asked a child who’d seen a figurine of a weeping Buddha. The answer to her question may offer a way forward through our own grief.

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

Many voices speak to us as we chart our life’s path and consider our vocational calling. Whose call upon us matters most? Our parents? God? Our inner self? Or??? In the midst of many demands, how do we choose the “call” that we will answer? And what difference does it make?

NOTE: In the introduction to this sermon, W.H. Auden should have been identified as Dag Hammarskjold's translator rather than as his life-partner. The nature of their relationship is not publicly known. Also, San Jose--not San Juan--is the capital of Costa Rica.

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Mid-life crises: they’re not just for the middle-aged anymore. The poet David Whyte says they can occur “anytime that the tide of life seems to have left us stranded on the beach.” Reconnecting with our vocation and purpose in life can get us moving again.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton

How do we sustain our gifts of vocation and calling through seasons of moral ambiguity? How might wonder and awe help us as we seek to move toward transformative cultures of care and justice?

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

A poignant line from a favorite hymn goes: “Disappointment pierced me through, still I kept on loving you.” What do we do when we feel let down by the people and the communities that we love? How can disappointment and failure be a doorway to greater religious commitment?

Sunday, January 28, 2018
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

TRIGGER WARNING: This sermon includes graphic descriptions of sexual abuse that may be disturbing.

The “Me, Too” movement has brought renewed attention to how widely sexual harassment and abuse have impacted people’s lives—most often (but not only) women. What does it take for those harmed to find their voice, name their experience, and call for redress? How can and should our spiritual communities help foster healing, accountability, and positive change? What does this moment open up for all of us?

Join us for a service on this topic, with music from Rochelle Rice and a sermon from Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, whose ground-breaking book “Proverbs of Ashes,” co-authored with Rita Nakashima Brock, addresses sexual abuse theologically and personally from a feminist perspective.

Sunday, January 21, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

"In order to understand the world," wrote Camus, "one has to turn away from it on occasion." More than anything else, we must be fully present to both the beauty and brokenness of the world, if we are to help redeem it. But to be fully present over the long haul, we must sometimes take time away from the world. How do we strike a balance between engagement and retreat?

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Led by Bokamoso South African Youth Choir

This Sunday we celebrate the legacy of Dr. King in a very special way—by once again welcoming the young South Africans of the Bokamoso Youth Choir. Sharing from South Africa’s rich tradition of freedom singing, the young people of Bokamoso (joined by the All Souls Jubilee Singers and Children’s Choir) will mingle their own stories with freedom songs from South Africa and the United States. This is a service you won’t want to miss!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Begin the New Year with silence, song, and prayer at our monthly candlelight vespers service. 7:30 pm.

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

To be awake is to be present to the fullness of our lives; ours joys and sorrows, perils and possibilities. This Sunday we take stock of our lives and our world, and ask how to begin the New Year with heart, soul, and strength, focused always on our mission of Building the Beloved Community.

Sunday, December 31, 2017
Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton

We gather together to celebrate Kwanzaa. As a spiritual and religious community, we will give thanks and invite blessings as we move to into a New Year.

One service only, at 10:15 am.

Sunday, December 24, 2017
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Please note that there will be no Sunday morning worship services on Christmas Eve.

7:00 pm. “Family Candlelight Service” Our early Christmas service is designed especially for families with young children—as well as the “young at heart” of all ages! This year features a dramatic reading of a classic Christmas story. The Jubilee Singers and Children’s Choir will sing. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”

10:00 pm. “Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols” Join our ministers and the All Souls Choir in welcoming Christmas into the world and into our hearts during this candlelit service of lessons and carols. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies and the children of All Souls

On this Sunday before Christmas, Revs. Hardies will be joined by the children of the church to tell a very special story set to some very special music. An All Souls tradition.

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Unitarian minister Galen Guengerich writes, “To know courage is to know a calling that is greater than fear.” It is to hold fast to something inside us that is so strong, fear cannot overcome it.

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

The popular hymn “Amazing Grace” includes the line, “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved.” How does grace give us the courage to face our fears?

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

How can we cultivate gratitude and mindfulness during the busy holiday season, and throughout the year?

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Rev. Rob Keithan

As people committed to love and justice in today’s world, it’s fair to say that we have “counter cultural” aspirations. And yet we’re still products of the larger culture, so it’s easy to accidentally reinforce the status quo rather than challenging it. What would it look like to truly liberate our hearts, minds, and bodies?