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, June 16, 2013
Rev. Galen Guengerich

The most pervasive image of fatherhood in our culture—God the Father—can also be the most disturbing, if not destructive. To celebrate Father’s Day in the modern era, we need to focus on a different form of fatherhood.

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Abbey Tennis

The Buddha said “Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all.” This morning, we look to nature for lessons on living a life of abundant peace. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

What comes to mind when you think of "abundance"? Money? Definitely. We are practical people, and money is critical to our quality of life. It aids us in meeting our own needs, and the needs of others. But after our financial needs are met, isn't there something else we need to fulfill our lives?

Sunday, May 26, 2013
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

“Sabbath, in the first instance, is not about worship. It is about work stoppage. It is about withdrawal from the anxiety system of Pharaoh, the refusal to let one’s life be defined by production and consumption and the endless pursuit of private well-being.” – Walter Brueggemann. But is that really possible in this day and age? We’ll explore possibilities for savoring the Sabbath this summer.

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

Desmond Tutu said, “Forgiveness is taking seriously the awfulness of what has happened when you are treated unfairly. It is opening the door for the other person to have a chance to begin again." Are we ready to forgive? Really?

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, April 28, 2013

The All Souls Choir, directed by Scot Hanna-Weir, premiers this new choral work by composer Scott Gendel. More info here.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

“Our wager in this fragile life is a wager against all hope,” writes ecofeminist Ivone Gebara. This fragile earth and her people are being devastated by climate change, yet we keep placing our bets on hope. How can we inspire each other to keep on keeping on?

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Though weeping endures for the night, joy will come in the morning. Therefore we must live, said Thoreau, with “an infinite expectation of the dawn.” Please join us for this uplifting Easter celebration.

Friday, March 29, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

The Latin word tenebrae means “darkness” or “shadow.” Join us for a service of music, poetry, silence, and darkness as we remember the crucifixion of Jesus and the brokenness of our world. A simple communion will be served.

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

Since the days of Moses, people have fled dire straits in their homeland in search of more freedom and opportunity. What does the ancient Passover story mean for us in this era of global migration and possibilities of immigration reform?

Wednesday, March 20, 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, March 17, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Sorrow, setbacks, and despair need not have the last word. How do we begin a new chapter in the story of our lives?

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Abbey Tennis

When life feels hard, it can seem like a drought has come – we are parched; thirsty for security, joy, health, love, or just for things to start going right again.  Where can we find nourishment during the dry times in life?

Sunday, March 3, 2013
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. What enables them to do so? It involves resilience.

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

The 23rd Psalm promises that the Holy is present even as we walk through the “valley of the shadow of death.” What consolation can we find as we walk through the shadows of our lives?

Thursday, February 21, 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, February 17, 2013
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

Celebrated author, C.S. Lewis describes this world as a shadow in comparison to the spiritual realm. Some people see a shadow as something dark, foreboding, and negative. I believe that shadow can be transformative depending upon whose shadow it is.

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, Bokamoso Youth Choir

The Bokamoso Youth Choir, joined by our own Children's Choir and the Jubilee Singers, bring their rousing music and testimony to All Souls for a second year.

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Cathy Rion Starr

Whether or not we pay attention to our shadows, they are always there, holding (and sometimes hiding) our imperfections and failings. Why pay attention to our “shadow-side,” when it’s so much easier to bask in the sun? Together, we’ll begin to explore this month’s theme: “Shadow.”

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.

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