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, January 27, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
We can sometimes be overwhelmed by the amount of work it takes to build a more just and equitable world. Don’t be overwhelmed. Start where you are, and do what you can. The revolution begins with you.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman
Drawing inspiration from Maya Angelou’s 1992 inaugural poem “On the Pulse of the Morning,” Rev. Newman reflects on the significance of Dr. King’s birthday and the inauguration of our nation’s president.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abbey Tennis

A Taizé-style service involving singing meditation, silence, reflection, and spiritual practice. Take a midweek respite from the hectic pace of life. Informal social gathering afterwards in Pierce Hall. Childcare available.

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
We spend a lot of time trying to be the person that we or others think we ought to be. What if, instead, we followed our true path?
Sunday, January 6, 2013
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 can we learn to live contentedly with the many gifts we've been given?
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Rev. Donald Robinson

Join guest preacher, the Rev. Donald Robinson, Executive Director of Beacon House, and a special volunteer choir directed by Lenard Starks, as we explore the theme of ujima (collective work and responsibility).

One service only, at 10:15 am.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman, Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

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! 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.”

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 readings and carols. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”

Sunday, December 23, 2012
Cathy Rion Starr, Meagan Henry

In the holiday hustle bustle, it can seem like light is everywhere. We don’t fear that the sun may never return as our ancestors once did. And yet, the Solstice is still celebrated by millions around the globe. Today, we mark the Solstice with song, story, and silence in this multigenerational service. We'll be joined by dancer Ken Yamaguchi-Clark.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Ministers and Friends

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?

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Abbey Tennis

Third in the series of Resting in the Dark, Awakened in the Light: Evening Vespers Services in the Holiday Season. These midweek Taize-style services use singing, meditation, silence, reflection, and spiritual practice to help us re-center and find respite from the busy holiday season. Each service touches on a theme from a global religious tradition. Childcare available.

Sunday, December 9, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Christmas is an entire holiday season devoted to the expectation of a child’s arrival. In our own lives, though, the long-expected child doesn’t always arrive. Or at least not on our terms. How do we deal with the parts of our lives we cannot control?

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Abbey Tennis

Second in the series of Resting in the Dark, Awakened in the Light: Evening Vespers Services in the Holiday Season. These midweek Taize-style services use singing, meditation, silence, reflection, and spiritual practice to help us re-center and find respite from the busy holiday season. Each service touches on a theme from a global religious tradition. Childcare available.

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Albert Schweitzer said, "The highest knowledge is to know that we are surrounded by mystery." But how do we build a spiritual life around a Reality that remains shrouded in mystery?

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Abbey Tennis

First in the series of Resting in the Dark, Awakened in the Light: Evening Vespers Services in the Holiday Season. These midweek Taize-style services use singing, meditation, silence, reflection, and spiritual practice to help us re-center and find respite from the busy holiday season. Each service touches on a theme from a global religious tradition. Childcare available.

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Abbey Tennis

Spending the holidays with loved ones can surround us with love and comfort, but can also remind us of loved ones lost and wounded relationships. How can we move forward when we find ourselves returning, yet again, to the pain of broken or lost relationship? What would it mean for us as individuals, communities, and society if we found a way to heal the wounds we carry with us? This morning we will join together in thanksgiving for the love that makes healing possible.

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

The election is over, but the work continues. It’s not the responsibility only of those in corridors of power to build a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world; it’s up to communities of the committed and the faithful. Communities like ours.

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Many of us have read about or know someone who’s lived through a “near-death experience”—surviving an auto accident, a heart attack, or even a hurricane. Such an experience can forever change people’s understanding and appreciation for life. All Souls Day can do that, too. Join us as we reflect on the significance of our lives in the context of our mortality, and remember those who’ve died in the last year.

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Cathy Rion Starr

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” 19th century Theodore Parker is famously paraphrased. How do we know that the arc really bends towards justice? How do we know that we’re bending it in the right direction? How can we sustain our spirits as we roll up our sleeves to mess around in the muck of change-making? As the election approaches, in the midst of war, environmental and economic crisis, we’ll wrestle with the contradictory nature of “fighting” for justice filled with love and joy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

On this Generosity Sunday, we count our blessings as we kick off the 2013 Annual Giving Campaign.

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

In just under a month, Americans go to the polls to choose the next leader of our nation. It is a choice of great consequence. But so are many of the choices we make. This morning we explore the spiritual and ethical power of choice.

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

A lady at the grocery store tells me: “Have a bless’t day!” Jesus said “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What does it mean to be blessed? How do we both give and receive blessings?

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

No one is ever happy when something they cherish breaks, tears, or is destroyed—it could be a watch, a relationship, or a dream. Do broken things serve a purpose in our lives? Definitely!

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

We’ve all been lost at one time or another in our lives. Sometimes getting lost is the surest way to find ourselves again.

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Some folks talk about being “born again.” My experience of human hearts and souls is not that they’re born anew, but that they’re broken and mended . . . over and over again. Let’s explore the remarkable healing powers of the soul.

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