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, February 21, 2016
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

Evil rarely operates in the open with its gloves off. More often, it parades in disguises that deceive us. Ancient spiritual wisdom teaches that to resist evil we must become astute about seeing through its disguises. How might this ancient wisdom help us now?

Sunday, February 14, 2016
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

On Valentine's Day, we celebrate the power of love--not only the power of romantic love, but also the many ways and forms that love takes in resisting evil and helping to repair harm caused by injustices. We also honor the UUA's "Standing on the Side of Love" campaign in solidarity with our All Souls members who will be in Raleigh for the Reeb Voting Rights project and the Moral March.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said, “Evil is not to be traced back to the individual but to the collective behavior of humanity.” Each of us has the propensity to do good or evil in our lifetime. How do we discern that which is malicious and cruel around us? How can we know what is the right thing to do?

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

How do we discover and name that which grounds our sense of reverence? Many sensitive people of faith have rejected problematic and oppressive concepts of God. For others, a sense of divine presence and support is an unshakable given. Honoring both perspectives, this week’s sermon will explore the importance of wrestling with God. How might we think differently about the divine by listening to voices from the margins, from oppressed communities, from within our own lives and experiences?

Sunday, January 24, 2016
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

How do we discover and name that which grounds our sense of reverence? Many sensitive people of faith have rejected problematic and oppressive concepts of God. For others, a sense of divine presence and support is an unshakable given. Honoring both perspectives, this week’s sermon will explore the importance of wrestling with God---and allowing ourselves to be questioned by that which is larger than ourselves.

Sunday, January 17, 2016
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

On Rev. Hardies’ final sermon before his sabbatical, we explore what it means to embrace life whole-heartedly. In the New Year, how can we make our broken hearts whole again?

Sunday, January 3, 2016
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

The New Year is a time for turning and often we begin by setting intentions and making resolutions, calling on the strength of our will-power to make change. In honor of the season of epiphany—the shining forth of life’s gifts—this sermon will invite an alternative approach: What might happen if we turn from a will-centered life to a spirituality of reverence and receptivity? Just as the Magi learned to kneel before a baby, becoming more deeply open to the gifts of life that we neither earn nor create can alter how we approach making change both on a personal level and as we labor for social justice.

Sunday, December 27, 2015
Leo Jones

Our annual celebration of Kwanzaa, followed by a potluck meal. One service only, at 10:15 am.

Friday, December 25, 2015
Rev. Hardies

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

Friday, December 25, 2015
Rev. Hardies and Children of the Church

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 and Children’s Choir will sing. Don’t forget to bring a bell to ring every time we sing “Alleluia.”

Sunday, December 20, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies and friends

On this Sunday before Christmas, Revs. Hardies will be joined by the children of the church to tell a very special story set to some very special music. An All Souls tradition.

Sunday, December 13, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

The holidays are upon us, and with them our busy lives get even busier. How do we live in such a way that our souls don’t get left behind?

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

We so often associate “light” with goodness and “dark” with evil. Inspired by Howard Thurman’s invitation to embrace the beauty of the luminous dark, this sermon will reflect on the holiness of night and the blessings of the dark turning of the year towards winter. Rest, dream, creative gestations, and encounters with mystery—how might this season offer us an advent that re-orients us to the depths of healing and joy?

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Our family of birth, or our family born of friendship are with us--whether they are seated around the table or present in our minds. The challenges we face and the memories we cherish feed us every day.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley

This Sunday is our annual Thanksgiving Collection of Food and Funds to support our neighbors in need.

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Our church is located at the crossroads of our city—the intersection of many neighborhoods, peoples, and cultures. How do we live faithfully at the crossroads of our communities? What does it mean to be a church at the crossroads?

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, Rev. Kotaro Suzuki

As we welcome our Buddhist friends from Hiroshima, we reflect on what it means to build peace in our own lives and in our world.

Sunday, November 1, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

The 1930s sultry actress Mae West once said, “It’s not the men in my life, but the life in my men. Longevity is usually understood to mean one’s life expectancy, but I want us not to look at how long one lives, but how well.

Sunday, October 25, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

When we bless our children in church we make a lofty promise that they will “grow old surrounded by beauty, embraced by love and cradled in the arms of peace.” Is that really a promise we can make in today’s world? What can we promise the children?

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

As Unitarians we differ in our beliefs about life after death, but we are united in our belief in life after birth. Our concern is not so much “What happens when I die?” but “What happens when I stop living?” We must embrace life’s blessings before it’s too late.

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Rachel Naomi Remen wrote, “Sometimes life’s power shines through us, even when we do not notice. We become a blessing to others then, simply by being as we are.”

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Sometimes life’s blessings don’t come without a struggle. This is a sermon for anyone who has ever wrestled the blessings from life.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore

Many come faithfully to church every week, tending to club commitments and volunteering in community programs. Yet some come with a broken spirit--crying out for compassion, hoping for healing. How can one be made whole when church is where it hurts?

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

On Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Jews are invited to forsake the vows they’ve made that harm themselves and others, and to “return” to a truer, fuller sense of themselves and their humanity. As Pope Francis arrives to deliver an historic address on global warming, we consider what vows we must forsake in order to live in right relationship with ourselves and our planet.

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