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, November 2, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

If you were attending your memorial service today, who would be there? What would they say? Let’s imagine what your life would be like if you started living your life backward.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Life comes at us in many ways. It reminds me of going to a carnival with merry-go-round rides, Ferris wheels, roller coasters, the house of horrors with mirrors that distort what you see. Yet through the ups and downs of life, we can all make it through if we have a guide along the way.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Many of you have expressed to me recently your deep concern for the state of world: from racial tension in Missouri to war in Gaza and Syria; from epidemic disease in Africa to refugee children detained on our southern border. The cry of our hearts seems to be: Where do we go from here? This Sunday we’ll explore a path forward.

Sunday is Generosity Sunday, the day we make our financial pledge to support All Souls ministries in the coming year.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Heiwa Peace Pilgrims tell stories from this summer's travels to Japan.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Patrice Curtis

This time of year, the day after Yom Kippur, begins a time to offer and receive forgiveness, and to be grateful for both.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

For years, the Statue of Liberty has been the face welcoming immigrants to Ellis Island. Whose face welcomes our brothers and sisters at our southern borders? Our city streets? Maybe me, maybe you.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

How do we successfully wrestle with our demons?

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Learning to fail with grace.

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

At the heart of our faith is a love beyond belief. Celebrate a new church year with the gospel of Unitarian Universalism.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Patrice Curtis

Like a child who has just learned to ride a bike, a full life lived brings us bumps and bruises. How can our hurts serve a purpose beyond our own lives, and beyond our church walls?

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Bring your dogs, cats, birds, turtles, iguanas, aardvarks, and pushmi-pullyus to be blessed at All Souls.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Rev. Hardies returns from his summer away to answer your questions of faith. If you'd like to submit a question, please send it by Monday, August 11, to Gary Penn ( with "Question of Faith" in the subject line.

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Rev. Rob Keithan

In Islamic tradition, prayer and other religious practices serve as constant reminders that Muslims have duties to Al-lah. Coming to church is one way to remind ourselves of our religious values, but it's not--and probably shouldn't be--the only way. What lessons can we learn from Islam?

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Members of the Young Souls join Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore in worship and sermon, exploring what a Sabbath rest would look like for a day in the world, in our country, and in our individual lives.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

As advocates for justice, there is within each of us a desire to right the wrongs in our world and within our own borders. We protest, we march, we petition, and we train for the “action.” What do we do the day after the day? From whence cometh our inspiration? Our hope? Our strength?

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Mark Ewert

Our lives are changing constantly and during our lifetimes, we are buoyed by economic fortune or battered by financial challenges. Join All Souls member Mark Ewert as he talks about what it takes to stay grounded in our values when the circumstances of our lives change.

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Rev. John Crestwell

Our guest minister, the Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr., will use emotional literacy strategies to discuss how to communicate in a way that eliminates personal and professional conflicts. Are you ready to release your love? Come hear more!

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

All Souls Church’s spiritual theme for the summer is “Sabbath.” The Sabbath is usually understood as a weekly day of rest or time of worship. Is it really a day of rest? Is it really a time of worship? Let’s take an honest look at how we “keep the Sabbath.”

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Join Rev. Newman Moore and members of the Adult Spiritual Development class, Building Your Own Theology, as they share what they have discovered—that “theology can be, and often is, exhilarating, exciting, and endlessly fascinating, because it has to do with the stuff of human experience, the meaning of being and becoming.” (Richard S. Gilbert, UU Minister)

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

One year ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, for which a former minister of this church was martyred. Other recent court decisions have allowed unprecedented amounts of corporate cash to flow into our political system. How can "we the people" reclaim our democracy? And what is the relationship between our democracy and our faith?

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

"This could be our revolution," writes Alice Walker, "to love what is plentiful as much as what is scarce." How do we learn to love what is already ours?

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

How do we build and sustain family? What’s love got to do with it? Are families forever? We’ll explore how GLBTIQQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning) and straight communities have redefined and widened notions of family.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

How do we re-learn joy after we’ve lost it?

Summer worship schedule begins: one service only at 10:15 am.

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Join Rev. Hardies and the young people of our Coming of Age class as they share with us their hopes, dreams and faith, and as we mark this important rite of passage.