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.

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Senior Minister

Rev Kathleen Rolenz

Main address

1500 Harvard St NW

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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Interfaith Issues (X90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Worship Services

We provide weekly worship services.

Population(s) Served

Since the Supreme Court's ruling in June 2013 eviscerating the Voting Rights Act, a rising tide of voter suppression is restricting voting access for students, immigrants, the working poor, people of color, and the formerly incarcerated. Even as recent court rulings provide glimmers of hope and resistance, our work continues. We kicked off our campaign in August 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Since then, we have registered hundreds of voters and made thousands of phone calls to voters in North Carolina in partnership with local UU congregations and Democracy North Carolina. We have engaged in public witness in support of democracy in the nation's capital -- from a flashmob on the Supreme Court steps to nonviolent civil disobedience at the Capitol. We have marched with the NC NAACP and the UUA. Join us this fall as we carry out Rev. William Barber's call to "revive the heart of our democracy" by mobilizing people of faith to defend the right to vote at the most basic level.

Population(s) Served

A non-profit corporation composed of All Souls members, ASHC seeks to build a healthy, diverse community in our neighborhoods by developing and maintaining affordable housing and services to residents. In 1971, as Change-All Souls Housing Corporation, we helped build Columbia Heights Village on 14th Street, for which we have continuing responsibility. We work with community partners to build and rehab affordable housing units, sponsor information forums, and advocate for the community. Our board meetings are open for all All Souls members periodically after church.

Population(s) Served

Established in 1973 through a generous donation from Earl and Meta Beckner, the All Souls/Beckner Advancement Fund helps make the community around the church more cohesive, attractive, and forward-looking, while fostering human rights and dignity. The Fund supports efforts to advance social justice, distributing over $100,000 in grants annually.

Population(s) Served

Formerly known as the Hiroshima Children’s Drawing Committee, the Heiwa Peace Project carries out All Souls Peace and Reconciliation Ministry. We develop a program of peace activities (e.g., nuclear non-proliferation, refugee assistance) for the congregation that carries forward Rev. Dr. A. Powell Davies' commitment to and philosophy of peacemaking into the present. We create educational resources and opportunities to share the story of the Hiroshima Children’s Drawings and its contemporary meaning beyond All Souls.

We commemorate the annual August anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb with events and exhibits of the All Souls Hiroshima Children’s Drawings. We carry forward a unique interfaith multicultural partnership with Japanese Buddhist Rissho Kosei-kai (RKK) Hiroshima Dharma Center known as the Heiwa Peace Exchange.

Population(s) Served

LGBTQIA Souls is a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, and allies who are a part of the All Souls community.

We are committed to:
•Creating a safe, welcoming and engaging environment for LGBTQIA members, significant others, families, guests, and all who enter our doors or engage with All Souls in the community.
•Supporting issues of equity, equality and justice impacting LGBTQIA people within the congregation, the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, and nationally-- especially those issues impacting the most marginalized.
•Strengthening the bonds of the Beloved Community within and beyond All Souls by hosting fun and educational events.

We are committed to building a community where people can be their full selves by recognizing and honoring the fullness and complexity of identity as it exists at the intersections of racism, homophobia, misogyny, transphobia, ableism, classism and other oppressions.

Population(s) Served

We educate, inspire and create opportunities for All Souls community to lead more environmentally sustainable, just and spirit-filled lives. Environmental and Climate Justice: Activities and issues include participation in rallies/marches and petitions to address global warming, Adult Spirituality Classes exploring ways to protect our planet, supporting DC divestment from fossil fuels, greening our church, zero-trash lunches, fair trade sales, ethical eating, Earth Day events, addressing environmental racism, films, outdoor hikes and kayaking and social activities. We always seek volunteers for activities and leadership roles.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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.

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.


All Souls Church, Unitarian

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All Souls Church, Unitarian

Board of directors
as of 8/6/2020
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Board chair

Ms Libbie Buchle

Libbie Buchele

Erika Landberg

Esther Strongman

John Shuettinger

Robert Jayes

MJ Crom

Joseph Feurer

Neil Manzullo

Cathy Tortorici

Bernard Mustafa

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes