Worship

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.

 

Vespers

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

Rob Hardies has served for 15 years as senior minister of All Souls Church Unitarian. Founded in 1821 by John Quincy Adams, All Souls is a dynamic, multicultural congregation in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Throughout his ministry, Rob has been a local and national leader for LGBT equality. In 2004 he testified at Senate and House hearings against congressional attempts to pass a so-called Federal Marriage Amendment to the United States Constitution. In 2009, he helped lead the struggle for the District of Columbia to become the sixth jurisdiction in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. DC’s mayor signed that historic civil rights legislation in the sanctuary of All Souls Church.

Before entering the ministry, Rev. Hardies served as a human rights worker among indigenous refugees in the Guatemalan jungle, where he first worked with grassroots communities rebuilding their lives after a long civil war. Later, Rev. Hardies studied with Father Gustavo Gutierrez of Peru, the leading scholar-practitioner of Liberation Theology. At All Souls, Rev. Hardies has served as a trustee of La Clinica del Pueblo, a community health care provider, and has championed All Souls’ robust English as a Second Language ministry.

Rob’s first career was with Habitat for Humanity building affordable housing. At All Souls he has continued the church’s long-time commitment to this issue by helping lead a campaign for code enforcement in low-income apartments around the church. As a leader of the Washington Interfaith Network, Hardies fought to establish DC’s Neighborhood Investment Fund, which provides millions of dollars annually for affordable housing and neighborhood investment.

After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in its 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision, Rev. Hardies launched the Reeb Voting Rights Project in honor of All Souls former minister James Reeb, who was martyred in the 1965 voting rights struggle in Selma. Since then, All Souls has worked with many partners, including the Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP, to combat the wave of voter suppression laws in our nation.

All Souls Church has grown and thrived during Rob’s ministry. The church has been featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and in the 2005 book Worship that Works (Arnason and Rolenz). In 2005 the Unitarian Universalist Association recognized All Souls as a “Breakthrough Congregation,” and in 2014 Washington’s City Paper named All Souls DC’s “Best House of Worship” and Rev. Hardies its “Best Religious Leader.”

Rob received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University, a Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the editor of Blessing the World (Skinner House, 2006), a collection of essays by the feminist theologian Rebecca Ann Parker, and the author of a forthcoming book about the spiritual practices of Emerson and his circle of Transcendentalists (Skinner House, 2018.)

Rob lives in DC with his husband Chris Nealon, a poet and professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, and their five-year-old son Nico.

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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."

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