About Us

Bound not by creed but by our shared commitments to love and justice, All Souls , a Unitarian Universalist congregation on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is a community of Open Hearts and Open Minds. From our Sunday services filled with world-class music and gifted speakers, our wide variety of spiritual and educational programs for all ages, to our community service projects, we believe you’ll find a place and a purpose with us at All Souls.

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Our Core Principles

As Unitarians we strive to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.

Our Values

We strive to create the world that ought to be:

  • Gathering people with diverse perspectives to engage issues that challenge us to think.
  • Demonstrate the vitality of faith in our lives.
  • Promote and develop Unitarian Universalism in our city, nation, and the world.
  • Serve our neighbors in need.
  • Partner to create a more just and compassionate world for all.

The Living Tradition

The living tradition we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil  with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Come Join Us!

We have services every Sunday at 11:15am, preceded by Adult Education and followed by Coffee Hour. Click the link below to learn about the speakers and new sermons planned for each week.