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, 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.

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

We live in a disposable culture. Everything from laptops to cell phones to our children’s diapers is made to be tossed. But much in our world is too precious to dispose of . . . and it is the church’s job to repair it.

We return to our two-service schedule, and we celebrate the success of the past year's capital campaign while looking forward to next steps as we prepare for our third century.

Sunday, September 2, 2012
Abbey Tennis

Sometimes, life’s challenges feel so overwhelming that we may want to say “no” to the world; to close ourselves off, or shut our surroundings out. When our energy feels completely drained, where do we find the strength to answer our life’s deepest call?

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

All creatures, large and small, are welcomed into the Sanctuary for a special blessing from Rob and Susan.

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

This year, rather than answering questions of faith, Rob and Susan will hold a conversation about race and All Souls' work towards building the Beloved Community.

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lex Cade-White

Often we are put in situations where we wish to say more, say what’s right, say what everyone else is thinking. Goodbyes are times we may think of it more than others. For my final service let us consider how to say it all, in all the ways that we can and do in our farewells. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Catharine Clarenbach

Interdependence is the only game in the Universe, and it is a team sport! How do we experience our connectedness with All that Is?

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Lex Cade-White

The Young Souls join Lex Cade-White in an exploration of uncertainty.

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

Just how comfortable are we in our own skin?

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Lex Cade-White

All souls transform. What might the community that consists of people who break gender boundries have to teach us about that?

Sunday, July 8, 2012
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

The Christian liturgical calendar speaks of "ordinary time." What meaning does that hold for us?

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

When we look in the mirror, we see our own face gazing back. What if we could look through that image and beyond our contained selves?

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Catharine Clarenbach

Contemplating lessons of the summer sun. The light above reflects the light within.

Sunday, June 17, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

How do we fully show up for and embrace our lives . . . before it's too late?

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

In our search for joy, we can be distracted by all manner of pleasures and desires . . . but what’s the real thing?

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Catharine Clarenbach

Our culture worships idols of money and power. Perhaps it’s time to choose a different object of worship: Earth Herself.

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, Gabrielle Farrell


Thoreau reminds us to “remain awake,” a common admonition from holy voices. For what should we be awake and how do we stay that way? Gabrielle Farrell, Religious Educator, Lifespan Learning and Family Ministries, and Rev. Hardies offer contemplations as we mark the end of Gabrielle's eleven-year ministry to All Souls.

Sunday, April 29, 2012
All Souls Choir


The All Souls Choir presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ moving masterpiece, Dona Nobis Pacem, a reflection on war and peace, suffering, and healing that sets some of Walt Whitman’s civil war poems. The choir will be joined by guest musicians from the University of Maryland School of Music and the Washington Master Chorale to perform Vaughan Williams’ own rarely heard arrangement for string orchestra and piano. Scot Hannah Weir conducts, and the performance features soloists Steve Combs and Marlissa Hudson and guest pianist C. Paul Heins. (Recording not available.)

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies


Celebrate the interdependent web. The Green Souls will sponsor a zero-trash lunch, provide information on ethical eating, and lead tours of the church building.

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Rev. Dr. Alton Pollard


Rev. Pollard is the dean of Howard University School of Divinity.