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Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies

Senior Minister

Rev. Rob Hardies, Senior Minister

Responsibilities

Rev. Hardies is the senior minister at All Souls. He is responsible for the “program” side of running the church, which includes worship and the ministries of music, religious education, and social justice.

Biography

Rev. Robert M. Hardies has served as senior minister of All Souls Church, Unitarian, since 2001. Throughout his ministry, he has been a local and national leader for LGBT equality. In 2009, Rob 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, Rob served as a human rights worker among indigenous communities in Guatemala, and later studied with Gustavo Gutierrez, the founder of Latin American Liberation Theology. In DC, Rob has worked with the immigrant community in many capacities, most recently as a leader in the Congregation Action Network. After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in its 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision, Rob helped 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 North Carolina, to combat the wave of voter suppression in our nation. Rob received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University, a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. He lives in DC with his husband, Chris Nealon, a poet and professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, and their seven-year-old son, Nico.

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