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, August 18, 2013 - 10:15
Abbey Tennis

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.” We each hope to leave behind something meaningful when our short time on earth is over. How do we measure the impact of our lives? What kind of legacy will we leave behind? 

Intern Minister Abbey Tennis preaches her final sermon at All Souls before returning to her studies.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:15
Rev. Rob Keithan

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. While much has changed in 40 years, issues related to reproductive decisions—and sexuality overall—are still hotly contested in culture and politics. What’s going to move us forward, and what’s religion got to do with it?

Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 10:15
Abbey Tennis

Racism not only causes inequality in our material lives and communities, it fractures the very core of our souls. Each of us carries the wound of racism, regardless of our race or ethnicity. When we have been taught to be divided, how can we become united? When a wound runs this deep, where can we find healing?

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:15
Rev. Cathy Rion Starr

We worship in a diverse, historic, and yet gentrifying neighborhood. What is our relationship to our neighbors? What is your relationship to YOUR neighbors in your neighborhood? What exactly is a good neighbor? 

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 10:15
Abbey Tennis

Nearly eight years after the decimation of Hurricane Katrina, those who call New Orleans home are still struggling to recapture a normal life—a task made harder by institutional racism and classism. Why does home matter? How do we face devastating loss and systemic injustice? Where can we look for support, healing, and transformation?

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 10:15
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

Remember when you fell in love, and the relationship fell apart? You vowed that you'd never be that vulnerable again. Many of us open our hearts to lovers, family, and friends, and sometimes things happen and we give up on love. As fearful as we are of being hurt again, let's look at how we can be courageous lovers. What we can do to salvage something sweet, that is about to go sour.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 10:15
Abbey Tennis

What if living an ethical life was not about closely following a list of “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots,” but was instead about coming to know true beauty and dedicating our lives to protecting and nourishing what is beautiful? Join us as we connect to the age-old human challenge to live a nourishing and principled life.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 10:15
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman

Carl Jung said, “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness. Take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” We don’t mind when the answers to prayers are yes and no, but we have a difficulty with “wait.” How do we handle the holding patterns of life?

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:15
Catharine Clarenbach

Our Vision Statements carry the dreams of All Souls, our hope of Beloved Community. Today we reflect on the blessings of abundant life at All Souls through the lens of our shared Vision.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 10:15
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 - 10:15
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 - 10:15
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 - 10:15
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 -
09:30 and 11:15
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 -
09:30 and 11:15
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, April 28, 2013 -
09:30 and 11:15

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 -
09:30 and 11:15
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 14, 2013 -
09:30 and 11:15
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman
Sunday, April 7, 2013 -
09:30 and 11:15
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies
Sunday, March 31, 2013 -
09:30 and 11:15
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 - 19:30
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 -
09:30 and 11:15
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 - 19:00
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 -
09:30 and 11:15
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?

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