Religion, Spiritual Development

All Souls Church, Unitarian

A diverse, spirit-growing, justice-seeking community

Washington, DC

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To build the Beloved Community, All Souls Church cultivates and celebrates… …spiritual growth and transformation as we question, learn from others, and seek lives of meaning and reverence. …a welcoming, diverse, and vibrant community where we love, respect, and care for one another. …service and prophetic action to move the world toward justice, healing, and sustainability.

Founding Year


Senior Minister

Rev Robert Hardies

Main Address

1500 Harvard St NW

Washington, DC 20009 USA


religious organization, social justice





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

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“Let them be remembered in the Church of All Souls with him who took his place among the lowly and went about doing good.” – Frederick Douglass, 1892 All Souls Church Unitarian was founded on November 11, 1821, as the First Unitarian Church of Washington. The church evolved out of the Unitarian Society of Georgetown, which had been meeting since 1815. John Quincy Adams, John C. Calhoun, Charles Bulfinch, William W. Seaton, and Richard Wallach were among the church's founding members. From its opening days, the church has answered a call to serve others and to offer a prophetic voice for justice in the nation’s capital. At the dedication of the congregation’s first church building on June 9, 1822, the Rev. Robert Little (1821-1827) called the members to service with these words: These walls will, I trust, bear witness that our lives have not been altogether useless to mankind. Some I hope may be better and wiser for our exertions in the cause of truth.

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Our programs

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Worship Services

Reeb Project for Voting Rights

All Souls Housing

Beckner Advancement Committee

Heiwa Peace Project

Rainbow Souls

Green Souls

Where we work

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To implement anti-racism tools and practices toward institutional cultural change that best supports “a journey toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse, multicultural ‘Beloved Community’ that dismantles racism and other oppressions. In a challenging climate of fear and confusion, the Reeb Project for Voting Rights will resist voter suppression campaigns aimed at people of color, youth, and naturalized citizens. We will mount a massive campaign of love in action. All Souls is deeply committed to supporting social justice for all people, including asylum-seekers, refugees, and all others fleeing political, religious, or other persecution at the hands of a foreign government or entity. To love, empower, respect, and care for cis-women and girls, and trans*/non-binary people in our church and in our community as they make their own choices about their bodies, their sexuality and childbearing, and as they strive to raise children in safe, healthy, supportive communities.

Reproductive justice encompasses a more nuanced and intersectional approach to addressing reproductive rights. As a reproductive justice congregation we educate our congregation about the reproductive justice framework. We support our community and promote healthy sexuality and bodily autonomy. We leverage our unique history, DC location, and influence within Unitarian Universalism to Increase voter turnout in specific communities by working in solidarity with local UU congregations and progressive partner organizations that center the leadership of people of color. All Souls Church offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and tutoring for adults each week in small classes and one-on-one to a wide range of new comers. Grounded in commitment to social-change philanthropy, the Beckner Advancement Fund distributes nearly $100,000 each year to support efforts that advance All Souls’s social justice mission.

With a congregation of 1200, 50 Covenant Groups, 30 Committees, a Board of 9 Trustees, Officers, Co-Moderators, and a staff of 20 including 2 full-time and 2 part-time Ministers. Many of Washington DC's professional musicians attend and play together forming a robust music and arts ministry with 5 diverse ensembles including, a drumming group, jazz ensemble, jubilee choir, All Souls Choir, Blue Grass Ensemble and a 70+ children's choir- an active social justice ministry with diverse community partnership- we have all we need and we welcome everyone who wants to build the Beloved Community. Children's Religious Education and Adult Spiritual Development weekly classes. Leadership for a New Era: Developing Leaders for All Souls Church: “Leadership for a New Era: Developing Leaders for All Souls Church” is designed to explore leadership through an intentional process of transformative discussions and workshops thereby securing and strengthening the future of our congregation.

Every Sunday: Encourage and support our children’s spiritual and ethical growth; Provide an open, safe, and compassionate community; Offer young people a place to explore Unitarian Universalism and other faiths; Support a natural development of religious faith based on direct experience. All Souls Adult Spiritual Development program brings people together in different places and formats, like different threads. Through the All Souls Housing Taskforce and the All Souls–Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), the church works on socioeconomic issues in Ward 1 and joins 40 other WIN congregations in this citywide network to organize communities on an array of issues.participates in the WIN Neighborhood Investment Fund and joins 40 other WIN congregations in this citywide network to organize communities on an array of issues. Thanksgiving collection. Every year, the church assembles over 500 dinners for those in need.

2020: All Souls Church is the venue selected for the annual Revolutionary Love Conference, which brings together religious leaders from all over the country in a secular discussion of social justice issues. 2018: Reeb Project volunteers make thousands of calls with Democracy North Carolina to learn more about how to get voters to support voting rights and other progressive issues. 2016: Seventy-five member All Souls delegation, including Youth Group, travel to Raleigh for the Moral March and team with UU Fellowship of Raleigh for voter registration drive. 2015: Reeb Project joins NC NAACP for a massive teach in and Raleigh in Winston-Salem, NC to mark start of trial of Monster NC Voter Suppression law. Peace. In 1948, inspired by the sermons of the Rev. A. Powell Davies, children at All Souls collected school supplies to send to Hiroshima, Japan. Major activities include sponsoring visitors from as far away as Japan to learn about the drawings; sharing the story with other congregations through a traveling docents program; arranging traveling exhibitions; and building relationships with Japanese and other U.S. partners in peace activities.

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