Adult Spiritual Development

Join us on a lifelong journey to deepen our connections to the sacred.

Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.
Margaret Fuller

At All Souls we believe that every human being is of inherent worth and dignity and that each of us is endowed with what our forebears called “powers of the soul.” We hold within us the power to imagine and create, to discern what is worthy of our devotion, to make meaning of our lives, and to build profound connections with others.

Deepening our connection the sacred, and becoming more fully aware of the expanse of our own souls, is the work of Adult Spiritual Development.

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Courses, events, and retreats support and challenge us as we explore and expand our Unitarian Universalist identity, integrate spirituality and justice work, and work to build the beloved community. In the process we grow closer to one another, and closer to that “transcendent mystery and wonder” that is at the core of human existence.

Our offerings are designed to meet a variety of needs, interests, and learning styles. We are eager for feedback and suggestions and look forward to hearing from you.

Coming Up

All Souls is excited to bring two new opportunities for spiritual growth and development! First, we are offering a workshop with educator and member Shige Sakurai on pronouns, gender inclusion, and you. In addition, we are partnering with the Washington Improv Center, to bring you a free Improv for All workshop!

And, don’t forget the weekly gathering with Finding the Sacred in Contemporary Poetry, every Wednesday, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, except 2nd Wednesdays (Vespers service).

Interested in creating and/or leading a course at All Souls? Contact Rev. Kathleen Rolenz ( We’d love to hear your ideas!


LGBTQ+ Inclusion at Church

Saturday, May 15, 9:30 am-12:00 noon
Facilitator: Shige Sakurai
Open to all. $10 fee, but can be waived. Register here.

Open to anyone involved with All Souls Church in DC, as well as other Unitarian Universalists and all those embracing a theology of radical love. Supporting LGBTQ+ congregants means supporting our liberation in the greater world, but also within our churches and congregations. While we must constantly develop ourselves and our spiritual communities, what fundamental knowledge and practices will ground us in LGBTQ+ liberation, through inclusive practices?

This workshop will help us deepen our thinking around personal practices – such as understanding privilege, using the right pronouns/names, and using inclusive language – and also around our institutional practices. How do we make liberation and empowerment part of our culture and ways of being and doing, beyond the superficial?

About the Facilitator: Shige Sakurai (they/them) is a trans person of color and social justice leader, educator, administrator, and consultant with over two decades of community and professional experiences. They are a Unitarian Universalist, the founder of International Pronouns Day, and the author of


Improv for All

Sunday, May 16, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Sign up here

Is improv as fun as looks? You betcha! Bring your friends or make new ones! In partnership with All Souls, Washington Improv Theater is offering a free improv workshop via Zoom!

Upcoming Classes and Events

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Ongoing Groups and Events

Philosophical Souls

Honoring Socrates’ belief in the rewards of the examined life and the Unitarian Universalist commitment to a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” Philosophical Souls holds monthly discussions that tackle big questions in small settings. To participate, you only need what is available to us all—an open and inquiring mind. Join us for one gathering or many! No need to register. Contact John or Sara.

Individual Exploration

For those seeking insights and fresh perspectives on questions of individual interest or concern, we offer two opportunities. (Please note: These offerings are not meant for those seeking pastoral, medical, or mental health care, or those experiencing acute personal crisis.)

Clearness Gatherings. Drawing on the Quaker tradition, a small group of fellow travelers will gather to support you with their honest and open‐ended questions as you listen to the voices of your inner teachers. Learn more here.

Larger Questions: Philosophical Counseling. Individual congregants partner with a counselor to explore their most important questions through a breadth of philosophical perspectives and clarifying dialogue, in a relaxed and confidential environment. Contact ASC member and certified counselor John Tambornino or visit his website: Free/no fee.