All Souls Kansas City

Flame– January 2016

Table of Contents: ( Click to go to that section)

Sunday Services     Minister’s Message     Religious Education     Adult Education

Committee on Ministry     Caring Connections     Relational Groups     Auction

Financials & Attendance     Fundraising Events     Opportunities to Help


Renovation Project

ASUUC Warwick View1Save the Date! Sunday, January 31, Service and Celebration Be sure to join us for a celebration and festive brunch to kick off our Capital Campaign to support the building renovation project. The choir will sing, we’ll remember the past and welcome the future. And share a wonderful catered meal as we thank each other for our commitment to this community.




Sunday Services


Forum: “State of the City—Kansas City, Missouri” with Mayor Sly James

Forum: “The Origins of Industrial Agriculture in the US” with Craig Volland

January 24 @ 10:00 am

Craig Volland is Agriculture Chair of the Kansas Sierra Club. He will discuss how the Post WWII “Feed the World” political and economic paradigm transformed America’s food system from diversified & high quality to high tech & low quality.

Service: “To Accept the Universe” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 24 @ 11:15 am

Ours is not the first generation to find itself struggling against the systemic injustices of unconscious privilege. Back in the days of our Transcendentalist ancestors like Emerson and Thoreau, one brilliant woman tried to call America’s attention to the plight of Native Americans, revolutionaries in Europe, and, of course, women. Her life was brief but illuminating; we know her as Margaret Fuller, author of Women in the 19th Century.

Forum: “Where is Public Transportation Headed in Greater Kansas City?” with Ron Achelpohl

January 31 @ 10:00 am

MARC, KCATA and other partners are updating the Smart Moves plan. RideKC will provide better transit access to jobs, support development in activity centers and corridors, and provide intra-city mobility—suburbs and core—throughout the region. Ron Achelpohl, MARC’s director of transportation and environment, will discuss the RideKC plan to redefine transit in the region.

Service: “Things that Last, Things that Matter” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 31 @ 11:15 am

Today we celebrate the formal beginning of our first capital campaign in 20 years, to ensure the future of our congregation, and the hospitality of our building. As we each consider the form of our legacy, to the world and to this community, what kind of lasting impact do we hope to make, and what is it that most deeply matters about our contributions? The choir will sing, and the service will be followed by a festive catered brunch.

Minister’s Message


Kendyl’s Column: Adult Religious Education Series on Islam

It is not true that all religions are in some sense ‘really’ the same. The diversity of the human spirit is larger than that. What is true, in my observation, is that all religions deal with many of the same dilemmas of the human condition, and wrestle with the same questions. But the answers they […]


Return to the top of the page


Read Sunday Sermons here or pick them up in the lobby. 



Welcome to Tom Everitt!!

Our newest member. 


Religious Education

Rev. Judith Cady


A Joy and a Privilege-Help the kids on Sunday Morning- Time, Talent

A Joy and a Privilege Do you want to experience more joy in your life? Come help with our religious education programs for an hour on Sunday mornings. Contact Rev. Judith Cady to explore how you can experience the joy and privilege of spending time with the wonderful children and youth of All Souls.



Boston or Bust! You Can Help!!! – Treasure

Our Coming of Age youth are raising funds for a trip to Boston to learn about our UU faith and heritage. You can help by providing financial support for our youth. Make checks payable to All Souls COA.  or Click here to make a one-time, online contribution. Put All Souls COA in the Designation line.   […]


Religious Education Board

The Religious Education Board, along with the minister of religious education, Rev. Judith Cady, supports and supervises the programs for children and youth.  The Board meets the third Sunday of the month, at 12:45, following the Sunday Plus Lunch in the Library.  Visitors, parents and interested church members are welcome to attend.


Children & Youth Sunday Morning Schedule
10:00—12:15 Nursery service is provided for babies and toddlers.
10:00—10:30 Children’s Choir, grades 1-6, lower level
10:00—11:00 A time of creativity, conversation, and community for all ages
11:15—12:15 Sunday School classes for all ages to explore our Unitarian Universalist faith and principles through storytelling, discussion, creative experiences, and service projects

Return to the top of the page

Adult Education 

A Conversation on Race

January 17 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm
Calling all Members and Friends of All Souls to join us on January 17th and again on February 28th for a Conversation on Race. There will be discussions and activities to challenge each of us.


Adult Education Classes

Adult Sunday School: Sunday mornings, 10-11, Library: “The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions,” from the BhagavadGita through the Lakota philosopher Lame Deer. Facilitator: Lee Ann Bergin

Keeping the Sabbath: Due to popular request, this gathering has become a weekly event (except during Church Chats), Sundays, 12:30—1 pm, Bragg, All spiritual traditions honored through prayer and meditation. Facilitator: Rev. Diana Hughes

HUUmanist Book Club: Monday, Jan. 12, 7 pm, Library. Text: The Marriage of Sense and Soul by Ken Wilber, Contact Greg Brown, Gnawing for Knowledge: Wednesdays, noon: philosophical discussion. Agnostics AA Meeting: Thurs, 7-8 pm, Tues, 7-8 pm, Lower Level and Fridays noon, Mtg Rm Movie Group: Wed, Jan. 6, 7 pm, “Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “Danish Girl,” Starwars” and “Trumbo.”

Return to the top of the page

Event Calendar

Chili marquis (2)4th Annual Chili Cookoff at All Soul’s UU Church

$10.00 for individuals and $20.00 for families

January 23 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Tickets to Eat: Individual $10 and Family $20 (libations extra) Tickets sold in advance and available the night of the event at the door. Credit Cards accepted at the event.   There will be 3 categories of chilis: Best Meat/Red Chili Best Vegan Best Chicken/White/Green Chili Along with a 1st place in each category above there will be 3 other prizes: Hell Fire Judge’s Choice Peoples Choice (Citizen United) Award The People’s Choice Award will go to the team which receives the most…

BBWBlues, Brews and BBQ

January 30 @ 6:00 pm9:00 pm

$25 per person Children Free (Drinks extra) Danny Cox and Bob Walkenhorst

Return to the top of the page

Hospital PlantCaring Connections Workshop

January 16 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm

     Visits to hospitalized or home bound church members are important activities for our community. Join us for a mini workshop to hone our listening and comfort skills and to learn who to turn to if a visit brings up concerns. Mark Richards is currently a Chaplain Resident at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. If you have questions e-mail

needle heartsNeedleHearts

January 9 @ 10:00 am11:30 pm

Join us to knit, crochet and visit. We are currently working on blocks for our first lap afghans. We are making afghans and teddy bears for donations to the community. If you are interested in learning how to knit or crochet, we will have yarn and needles and hooks and can give you a brief lesson. In the Meeting Room

Return to the top of the page


November 2015- Financials, Attendance, Solar Panels

November 2015 Pledged Income is $49,277—$25,027 over budget (103.2%). Total Donation Income is $52,429 ‐ $25,387 over budget (93.9%). Total Income is $59,721 ‐ $27,967 over budget (88.1%). Total Expenses are $39,992 ‐$87 over budget (.2%). Total Income exceeds Total Expenses by $19,729—$27,880 over budget. Year to Date: Pledged Income is $130,397 ‐ $9,247 over budget (7.6%). Total Income is $222,204 ‐ $11,236 over […]


 Return to the top of the page

Opportunities to Help

pot of gold

Volunteer for the 2016 Annual Auction March 12- Time, Talent, Treasure

Get lucky by volunteering! Contact Carrie Bader or Dori Bader at More information on the bulletin board.


Event Calendar vs. Building Use Calendar


The Calendar that you have been used to is still here. It is now called the Building Use Calendar. This calendar contains all space reservations for the church building and Simpson House even space rentals and Lobby tables on Sunday. This can be a bit overwhelming if you are just trying to confirm the date of the Auction or a Sunday Chat.

The Event Calendar is new to our website. This calendar has every event that has been submitted to the Flame (and the Blast???). Last minute events submitted to the Blast will be entered at the Office’s discretion.  So your monthly Committee meeting isn’t going to be on this calendar, but the Chili Cook Off and the Religious Education Class on Islam will be.

 Return to the top of the page

4501 Walnut, Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: 816-531-2131 Fax 816-756-5651 Website:
Minister: Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, 816-531-2131, x 101
Board President: Ruth Robarge,
Intern Minister: Jordinn Nelson Long,
Religious Education: Rev. Judith Cady, Minister
Administrator: Rev. Diana Hughes,
Accountant: Alice Ross, (Thursdays and Sundays only)
Office Associate: Sherry Anspach:
Scheduling: Sue Trowbridge,, 816-518-0925 (cell)
Music Director: Anthony Edwards,
Facilities Mgr: Charles Dickinson,
Custodians: Elsafi Ahmed, Miho Komatsu

 Return to the top of the page