Washington D.C.

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Spirit of St. Louis
Spirit of St. Louis, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Satellite, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Satellite, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Troop casting, World War II Memorial
3D Troop casting, World War II Memorial
Birds of the World War II Memorial Towers
Looking up, World War II Memorial Towers
Texas, World War II Memorial
Texas, World War II Memorial
American Red Cross National Headquarters
American National Red Cross Headquarters
Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
White House ready for Easter
White House ready for Easter
So close and yet so far away!
So close and yet so far away!
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The District

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All Souls Church, Unitarian
All Souls Church, Unitarian

Driving into Washington, D.C., is a daunting task at best, but when one is on a schedule it’s even more so for those not accustomed to the city.  Luckily for us last Sunday, providence was on our side as we drove up to the historical All Souls Church, Unitarian, and easily slid into on-street parking directly across from the church’s side entrance–easily arriving on time and on point to our latest location.

Settled in the pews of the sanctuary, we all rose as the choir and Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Robert M. Hardies, entered the current sanctuary with song–a sanctuary built in 1924, and the third location for this congregation founded over 190 years ago on November 11, 1821.

With an amazing history, and one that is dotted with famous patriots like President William Howard Taft, and founding members President (then Secretary of State) John Quincy Adams, and Vice President (then Secretary of War) John C. Calhoun, the three locations of All Souls Unitarian have been used for a multitude of community and social progress events from serving as a Civil War hospital, to the current Green Souls, and as part of the Washington Interfaith Network.

All Souls Church courtyard
All Souls Church courtyard

On this Sunday, Rev. Hardies’ sermon focused on resilience itself and our personal ability to find faith in those things that we may draw on in times of need.  It is the act of finding beauty, beauty as the Reverend would jokingly describe for himself as “shiny objects,” but more seriously in what brought him to our faith, the ability of UU’ism in finding “human beauty at [the] intersection of our vulnerability and our strength.” A compassionate humanism and a faith that leads us to be able to continue to grow and exist, even after death and pain have altered our lives’ paths and thrown us into the turmoil of the unknown and self-dependence.  It is the ability to draw on the flame within ourselves that keeps us moving forward, progressing and helping those in our community to also find and walk this path of resilience and beauty.

For more information on attending All Souls, visit: http://all-souls.org/

All Souls Archives and History: http://all-souls.org/archives

To learn more about the Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN): http://www.windc-iaf.org/

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Thank you for visiting our site!  We are now in preparation for our January 1st launch on a year long journey to every state, Washington D.C. and Ottawa, Canada, in search for the true identity of modern Unitarian Universalism.

We hope to see you in our travels!