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, May 11, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Life places burdens on our shoulders—burdens of loss and care. Sometimes we can lay our burdens down, but often we must learn to carry them. How do we lighten the heavy load of loss?

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

Dying is as much a part of living as being born. How do we understand and prepare ourselves for loss? There are support groups, and there are books, but nothing can help more than the experiences of others who have lost loved ones and can tell their story through their tears.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Rev. Dr. Terence Ellen

Inspired by our faith tradition's insistence on democratic process, Theodore Parker called on government to be "of, by, and for all the people." Abraham Lincoln's version of Parker's words became the definition of democracy the world over, rallying the dispossessed to its just and hopeful call. Coming from this heritage, today, on this Earth Day, we are faced with the immense, urgent moral issue of climate change. We need like never before the full wisdom, accountability, inspiration, and strength that lived democratic process provides us. And we need each one of us, for, as Susan B. Anthony once put it, "failure is impossible."

Rev. Dr. Terence Ellen, a UU minister for 28 years, is executive director of UUs for Social Justice in the National Capital Region. He is a founding member of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate and serves on the Board of Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Sometimes the new life we hope for is right before our very eyes, if only we’d open them and see. Join us on Easter Sunday for a joyous celebration of hope and new life.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Join us for our annual Good Friday tenebrae service.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

April 4, 2014, was the 48th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. Dr. King was a man of God who sought to teach us to love. April 13, Palm Sunday, is a day to reflect on an event that took place centuries ago, when hundreds celebrated Jesus, a man of God who sought to teach us to love. Let's look at the life and ministry of these two men and the ways in which we must renew their vision.

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

As we kick-off rebuilding our spiritual home, we reflect on the church’s mission to rebuild all that's broken in our world. Please join us for a rousing worship service and a special groundbreaking ceremony after each service.

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

Our lives are like one great adventure. Are we equipped to handle the things life brings to us?  I believe we have all we need—right inside. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

Uncertainty typical throws us off kilter. What practices can help us ride the waves of life’s inevitable transitions and uncertainties? 

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Rev. Rob Keithan

Rev. Keithan substituted for Rev. Hardies, who was ill this Sunday.

Sunday, March 9, 2014
Rev. Clark Olsen

Forty-nine years ago today, our former minister James Reeb was beaten to death in Selma while marching for voting rights. The Rev. Clark Olsen was with Reeb when he was beaten on that fateful night, and will tell the story of how that night changed his life and the life of our nation. Please join us for the powerful story that grounds our current work on behalf of voting rights.

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Thomas Merton said, “All salvation comes from relationships.” We find courage when we confront our common challenges together.

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

As we struggle for peace in our communities and in the world, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to create a more peaceful world “right in the moment we are alive.” How can compassion help us embody peace in our everyday lives?

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

Don’t miss our special musical guests, the Bokamoso South African Youth Choir—joined by the All Souls Jubilee Singers and children’s choir—as they lead us in an inspiring service of story and song honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Learn more about the Bokamoso Youth Choir at 

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore

Earth, Wind and Fire recorded a song, Devotion, that says “In everyone’s life, there’s a need to be happy…open your heart, feel a touch of devotion.” What makes you happy? To whom or what are you devoted to? We need devotion to open our life’s treasures.

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

A devotion to freedom was at the heart of Dr. King’s ministry, as well as the ministry of All Souls Church through the years. Where is our longstanding devotion to freedom calling us to respond today?

Join our ministers and our combined choirs for a rousing MLK Sunday service.

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

Drawing inspiration from Thoreau's spiritual classic, Walden, we will explore what it means to set a deliberate intention for our lives and then create the conditions under which that intention can be achieved.

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

In a culture that bombards us with false promises of happiness, where do we find the spiritual fulfillment that we seek?

Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

Join us as we continue our holiday celebrations by honoring Kwanzaa. In this special multi-generational service we reflect on the principle ujamaa, or cooperative economics and mutual support.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Join our ministers and the All Souls Choir in welcoming Christmas into the world and into our hearts during this candlelit service of readings and carols. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Rev. Dr. Susan Moore (formerly Newman)

Our early Christmas service is designed especially for families with young children—as well as the “young at heart” of all ages! The Jubilee Singers join our ministers in this joyous celebration of Christmas. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Come find stillness in the midst of the holiday season. In this reflective service we celebrate the solstice and prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Ministers and Children of the Church

Once again the children of All Souls tell the Christmas story through the lens of the Latin American tradition of La Posada. What happened on that day when Mary and Joseph found no room at the inn? For this bilingual service we will be extending a special welcome to our Spanish speaking neighbors. Please bring a wrapped gift or a plate of cookies to put under the tree for the children of La Clinica del Pueblo.