Buildings & Grounds
All Souls church is located at the intersection of 45th Street and Walnut Avenue, nestled between the fabled Country Club Plaza and the colorful Westport district. Directions to All Souls may be found via Google maps.
All Souls Church owns the historic Simpson mansion across the parking lot from our building. Simpson House is used for church activities, as well as being rented for a variety of personal and corporate events. For more information about Simpson House, click here.
Filled with natural light and home to an art gallery, the lobby is where guests are greeted and members can find the latest UU literature. Art exhibits are changed every month and open with a reception on the first Sunday of the month.
Named in honor of renowned past minister, Rev. Ray Bragg, this room is the heart of the building, where the congregation comes together for Sunday morning services, choir rehearsal, community meetings, concerts and other activities. Bragg Auditorium also hosts weddings for both members and others seeking a contemporary venue, as well as memorial services and various ritual events and special occasions. It seats between 180 – 200 people.
Two pieces of art greet the congregation and set the tone for the Bragg Auditorium. The flaming chalice is a symbol of the Unitarian Universalist Association. It is lit at the start of each service. “Chrysalis,” a fiber sculpture behind the pulpit, created by the renowned Kansas City artist Janet Kuemmerlein, represents the emergence of a butterfly from its cocoon.
The family room of the church, Conover Café is a versatile room. On Sunday mornings it functions as a coffee café and meeting space for friends old and new. At least once a month after services, it becomes a dining room for home-cooked meals. Conover Café is attached to a full-service kitchen, making it an appealing space for meetings, parties, dinners and special events.
Several Sunday school classrooms are joined by a colorful hallway downstairs. The end of the hallway opens onto a fenced playground with heavy plastic slides and climbers.
Child care for the very young is conveniently located upstairs next to the sanctuary.
GRACE HILL LIBRARY AND BOOKSTORE
Tucked between Bragg Auditorium and Conover Café, Grace Hill Library is lined wall-to-wall with books published by Unitarian Universalist publishing houses. The library selection includes best-sellers, classics and a children’s section. This is also a good place to check out the latest copy of the UU World or The Humanist magazines.
The All Souls Bookstore is located in the hallway near the library. Many tittles from the Unitarian Universalist Association publishing houses – Beacon Press and Skinner House – are for sale here.