Worship at All SoulsSunday worship

Join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11:15 am (during the summer, one service only at 10:15 am). Composed of inspiring words and stirring music, our services seek to provide spiritual sustenance for our living.



VespersOur Vespers services take place on the second Wednesday of each month (September through June) at 7:30 pm. Vespers is modeled after the traditional Taizé worship service which uses silence, scripture, prayer, and repetitive singing of short chants and rounds to quiet the mind and promote deep meditation. The Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in France, was founded in 1940 to promote peace and justice through prayer and meditation. This All Souls Vespers service mirrors Taizé-style attention to silence, holy words, prayer, and singing, but has also evolved to include other meditative traditions such as yogic singing and Buddhist chanting. For more information, please contact Michael Milano (michaelmilano@me.com).

Meet our ministers

Senior Minister
The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

In addition to being All Souls' senior minister, Rev. Hardies is a leader in the Washington Interfaith Network, a coalition of 40 congregations building power to create social change in the city. He is a board member of Clinica del Pueblo, a non-profit health clinic serving DC’s Latino community, and, from 2001 to 2003, he served on DC Mayor Anthony Williams’ Interfaith Advisory Board.

Nationally, Rev. Hardies is a member of the advisory board of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, founded by Rabbi Michael Lerner and Cornell West to counter the power of the religious right. In 2006, All Souls Church hosted the Network of Spiritual Progressives’ national conference. Rev. Hardies’ public affairs commentaries have appeared on the nationally-syndicated public radio program Interfaith Voices, and he has appeared on CNN and CBS to voice his opposition to the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment.

Among his scholarly pursuits, Rev. Hardies edited Blessing the World: What Can Save Us Now (Skinner House, 2006), a collection of essays by the feminist theologian, Rebecca Parker. He is an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Before coming to All Souls, Rev. Hardies served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Oregon and California. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California.

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Associate Minister of Congregational Life and Pastoral Care
Rev. Dr. Susan Newman Moore, Association Minister

Dr. Newman Moore has had a 36-year career as pastor, community advocate, teacher, chaplain, and author. Licensed in the Baptist Church in 1976, Dr. Newman Moore was ordained at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in 1983, where she served as assistant minister. A native of Washington, she is currently a member of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ. Her ministry has focused upon the challenges facing urban America. She has served as the director of public policy at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and senior advisor for religious affairs to the District’s mayor. Hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of the Top Black Women Preachers in America, she has been called “down-to-earth,” “powerful,” “life-changing,” and “a reality check for the church.”

An HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy prevention educator and trainer, Dr. Newman Moore has worked with several community and faith-based groups, including the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Planned Parenthood, and AIDS Action Foundation. She has served in various advisory roles in the DC LGBT community, consulting with Us Helping Us-People Into Living and the Human Rights Campaign. She actively advocates a national coordinated AIDS strategy to reduce racial disparities, lower the incidence of infection, increase access to care, and involve all stakeholders.

In Atlanta, Dr. Newman Moore was senior pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC; she chaired the mayor’s Commission on Community Relations and the governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Welfare Reform. She also served as the executive director of Georgians for Children, a child advocacy organization that monitors and recommends changes in state policies. She is an inductee into the Board of Preachers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College, which honors clergy for their lifetime work in social justice.

Dr. Newman Moore has been the resident chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center; adjunct professor at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; religious coordinator for the Children’s Defense Fund; and chaplain and director of community service at Hood College in Frederick, MD. She has sat on both the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference and its Ministers for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice.

Her several publications include With Heart and Hand: the Black Church Working to Save Black Children; Oh God! A Black Woman’s Guide to Sex and Spirituality; and Your Inner Eve: Discovering God’s Woman Within. Dr. Newman Moore received a BA in journalism from George Washington University, a Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary.

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Sabbatical Minister
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker will be sabbatical minister and theologian-in-resident during Rev. Hardies’ sabbatical. Parker, a noted theologian, educator, social activist, minister, and musician is professor of theology emerita and president emerita of Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. An ordained United Methodist minister who holds dual ministerial fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, her publications include A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the 21st Century, co-authored with John Buehrens (Beacon, 2010); and Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, co-authored with Rita Nakashima Brock (Beacon, 2008) among others.
On her work as a theologian and minister, Parker says "Legacies of violence, terror and trauma continue to bring anguish into the world. Now more than ever, people of conscience and love need to do the hard work of theological thinking that deconstructs religion that sanctions violence. We need to re-dedicate ourselves to the creation of life-giving theologies, justice-making religious communities, and joy-infusing spiritual practices. This is the calling to which my life is devoted."