Ministerial Transition

Rev. Robert Hardies, who has served as senior minister at All Souls since 2001, will move on to the next stage of his life and career in June 2020. And so the church, led by our Board of Trustees, will begin the search process for, first, an interim minister and, eventually, for a permanent minister.

Please return to this page for regular updates on the process and other resources, which you’ll find below.

Dear All Souls,

I am writing to let you know that after nineteen years as your senior minister, I have decided to step down from my position in June. My last Sunday in the pulpit will be June 7, 2020.

Friends, I am so grateful to be your minister. For nearly two decades, I have felt deeply honored to be invited into your lives, to share in your joys and sorrows, and to accompany you through so many significant life transitions. The hardest part about leaving All Souls will be saying goodbye to all of you.

I’m not leaving All Souls for another church, or because I’m unhappy being your minister. I love being your minister! I love worshipping with you on Sundays. I love praying and studying with you. I love marching with you in the streets. I love coming to work every day with our talented and committed staff.

I’m leaving because, after nearly two decades of leadership, I feel a deep need for a period of rest, renewal and discernment about where my vocation will lead in the future. I also believe that All Souls will be well served by new leadership as the congregation enters its third century of ministry.

I am announcing my decision to leave early in the church year in order to give the congregation and its leadership ample time to make thoughtful decisions about All Souls’ future.

This Sunday in worship, I’ll talk some more about my decision to leave. In the coming weeks, the Board will share with you a road map for ministerial transition. The Unitarian Universalist Association is prepared to support All Souls through this transition.

In the meantime, I am very much committed to being your pastor through June, and am excited for what lies ahead this year: from celebrating the holidays, to hosting the Revolutionary Love Conference in April, to honoring all we’ve accomplished together and saying “goodbye” as June 7 draws near.

In closing, I want to say that I believe in this church with all my heart, and in its mission to build the Beloved Community.

I have great faith in All Souls’ future, and I have great faith in all of you.

Serving you as your minister has been, and remains, one of the great gifts of my life.

With deep love and gratitude,