Sermons and Messages

Every week our ministers and guest speakers wrestle with important issues of life and death, faith, hope, and love. Listen or watch one of our messages. Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes. 

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Upcoming Sermons, Services, and Talks

Sunday, August 20


10:00 a.m. Traditional   |    11:30 Humanist

The Gift of Imperfection

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar 

A close friend once said, “I’d rather be a sinner in the hands of an angry God than a sinner in the congregation of the over-righteous.” As the school year begins and the rhythm of Autumn approaches, it’s a good time to consider the gifts of imperfection.  It seems that when we spend energy and effort trying to prove that we “have it all together,” we don’t have much to offer. When we try to appear good, wise, and well-adjusted, it can make others feel like they don’t belong because they are not as good. When we are too invulnerable, we can seem hard to relate to - although we are taught hide our imperfections. It is often these imperfections that connect us and make us easier to love.  

In the Traditional Service we will be blessing the students returning to school and commissioning our Sunday School teachers.


See you Sunday,



11:30 a.m. Contemporary

Cosmic Optimisim

Rev. Barbara Prose

Christianity, the Enlightenment, and Transcendentalism are the three major tributaries that flow together to create the liberal religious tradition we call Unitarian Universalism. Henry David Thoreau, who became famous only after this death at 45, is a great example of someone who transcended his own time. In the 19th century, he resisted the social and religious demands of his day and insisted on finding his own way forward.


Who was this man whose heart led him to seek communion with God in the woods, and whose conscience led him to fight openly for the abolition of slavery? How did he find the courage to say “No” to the world’s demands and “Yes” to the invitations of the Spirit?  


This Sunday, we’ll apply the wisdom of his life to our own spiritual journeys as we navigate our increasingly complex world.


See you in church,


Monthly Themes

Though All Souls is active year round, from September through May, our congregation is organized around nine theological themes.

These themes provide a shared focus, giving our congregation the opportunity to gain greater clarity, meaning, and depth. Seriously engaging in these themes could transform your life!

Go deeper with our three year cycle of themes:

  1. Don’t miss your favorite service on the First Sunday of each month. A minister will introduce the theme. Additional services throughout the month may deal with different aspects of the theme as do our weekly Children's Chapel services and Children's and Youth programs.
  2. Attend our adult programming classes and events, Wednesday ConnectionsOnce a month our ministers hold a "Theme Talk" where they will offer their insights into to the theme and invite conversation.
  3. Check out All Souls exclusive blog, Engage in religiously liberal content curated from the heartland.  

Check out the UUA's article, Monthly Themes Help the Congregation Go Deeper about All Souls.