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Who are UU? What am I?

We are so glad you found us in your free and responsible search for meaning. Please take a moment to watch this short video for an idea of who we are, what we believe individually, and how we act on our shared values. Click to jump to transcript of the video. If this video describes […]

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NOW AVAILABLE for $15–Tending the Flame: A history of Liberal Religion in Kansas City

Tending the Flame: A History of Liberal Religion in Kansas City is a comprehensive history of All Souls UU Church —  the years of success and the  years of disaster (natural and man-made); the ministers — much loved and respected, and others largely forgotten. You can pick it up at church for $15 or if you […]

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“Words That Come Before All Else,” November 19th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Click here to start at the sermon.   We gather this morning on the eve of Thanksgiving; A holiday both simple in its premise, and complex in the history of our nation and culture. Gratitude for an abundant harvest is one of the oldest motifs in religious imagery; It is found in both pagan and […]

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“The Promise and the Practice,” November 12th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

How can we learn to stop putting white consciousness and comfort at the center of our common life, and become intentional about lifting up the voices and experience of people of color? What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might […]

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“(Trans)gressing Boundaries,” November 5th, 2017, with Jack Gaede

I wonder what strength has it taken for you to be you? What fences have you busted out of? What voices did you refuse to listen to? What was keeping you small? You might not know what strength it takes to be me, but what about you? Click here to start at the sermon.   […]

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“Immunities,” October 22, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

I want to propose that what we do, right here in this religious movement, and this very church community, is to try to build those immunities.  If we are effective in what we are attempting, both in our religious education program, and in our mission and covenant work as a whole, we would make the […]

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“Paths of Resistance,” October 14th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

For if we can be faithful to what this one day offers, and what it asks of us, and if that day serves to bend the arc of justice and in some way redeem the suffering of the world, that is as much as anybody needs to pray for. Click here to go to the […]

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“Looking Backward or Moving Forward?” October 1, 2017, Jack Gaede, Intern Minister

In my study of Unitarian Universalism, I have often been left in awe at our ability to encounter and accept revolutionary ideas. And yet I have also been consistently surprised by the history of our own self-centeredness. Click here to jump to the sermon. Picture it with me…the year is 1543. The printing press has […]

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“As We Were Saying…,” September 24th, 2017, with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

Religious community is a powerful force, but it has its limitations.  It cannot hold back the hurricane winds, or stop the slow grinding of tectonic plates that makes for earthquakes.  It cannot change the outcome of past elections, nor prevent the misuse of power by corrupted souls.  Some would say that the gods can do […]

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