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?
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.
This Sunday is our annual Thanksgiving Collection of Food and Funds to support our neighbors in need.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
Sometimes life’s blessings don’t come without a struggle. This is a sermon for anyone who has ever wrestled the blessings from life.
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?
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.
Homecoming Sunday: we return to two services at 9:30 and 11:15
At the heart of our church community—at the heart of any Beloved Community—is love. Relationship. As we begin a new church year, let’s set our hearts on love. Join Rev. Hardies, Rev. Newman Moore, Director of Children's Religious Education Dolores Miller, and a combined Festival Choir for this intergenerational celebration of the new church year.
Personal spirituality is inextricably bound to the struggle for social justice and liberation. Spirituality, as personal encounter and commitment to the God of love, provides the ground, the means, and the goal of social action.
Ten years after the levees broke in New Orleans, how do we understand Katrina in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement? This morning we’ll honor All Souls’ decade-long commitment to helping rebuild New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.
How does a welcoming faith community sit with both celebration (#lovewins) and loss (#propheticgrief)?
In every age and every culture -- after a great evil, after a devastating event – when it seems as if the world is coming to an end -- there are those who begin again.
All Souls' Program Director Leo Jones and congregants Pamela Coukos and Bruce DePuyt share the pulpit to talk about their work in Selma, Alabama.
It’s easy to miss opportunities for understanding, growth, and relationship when we react to situations out of anger, fear, or self-righteousness.This sermon will explore how a different approach to our daily interactions can open up new possibilities—and maybe even change the world.
Rev. Rob Keithan is a faith organizing and training consultant specializing in reproductive health, rights, and justice issues, as well as congregational social justice programs. His current focus is working on faith engagement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Previously, Rob served as director of public policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a consulting minister at two Unitarian Universalist congregations, and director of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Washington office. He is an affiliated minister of All Souls Church Unitarian and lives with his partner Mandy in Washington, DC.
Creating a beloved community is not the work of one individual. It is work that calls us each by our own name.
As someone said to me during coffee hour recently, our life’s journey is never finished. Though I will not leave All Souls until July 23, on this, my last Sunday preaching, I will share reflections on my time with you. - Patrice
We are celebrating Independence Day this weekend – but we know independence has not led us to where we want to be. When our Revere bell rings on Sundays, what should it proclaim about how we live?
The summer solstice is the day when the sun is at its northernmost point in the sky—it is the longest day of the year. Rather than the beginning of summer, though, shouldn’t it be the middle—the highpoint of the year when we begin our gradual transition into winter? The summer is a wonderful metaphor of our own lives, full of beginnings, endings, and all the in-betweens.