Author Archives: Diana

October 2014 Flame

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Forum, October 5, 10:00 am

“Violence Seen as an Infectious Disease” with Rex Archer N.D, MP H Director of the Department of Health, Kansas City, Mo.


Should violence be viewed as a contagious disease? This is the contention of some experts in the field. Dr. Rex Archer will discuss how violence is spread from one person to another, how violence fits the basic infectious disease framework and how our understanding of this is leading to better strategic for reducing violence in Kansas City.

Service, October 5, 11:15 am

Something Wicked This Way Comes? Spiders, Shadows, and Engaging our Theological Diversity with Jordinn Nelson Long
As we move into the Halloween season, our intern, Jordinn Nelson Long, invites us to consider what spooks us. From spiders to things that go bump in the night, humans are wired to pay attention to what might harm us. Does that same wiring affect our responses to theological diversity? And do our first reactions matter?

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.

Service, September 28, 11:15 am

“Sharing the Journey” with Coming of Age Youth
As Unitarian Universalists, we are challenged to search for our own truth and meaning. Our Coming of Age program is a launch pad to the lifelong process of building a personal faith and a life practicing that faith. Our COA youth will share their personal beliefs at this stage of their life journey of discovery.

Forum, September 28, 10:00 am

“Rails Risky Business” with Mike Hendricks
Mike Hendricks has been a columnist and reporter for the Kansas City Star for nearly 30 years, covering business and agriculture. He will update his extensive reporting on the dangers of lightly regulated railroad traffic through Kansas City, potentially exposing adjacent neighborhoods to toxic chemicals.

“The World as We Know It,” Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, September 14, 2014

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Service, September 21, 11:15 am

“Harvest Home” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Today summer officially ends; the earth balances on daylight and nighttime, and the autumn’s advancing darkness begins to gather.  What does harvest actually mean to us, here in America’s heartland, now that Missouri has “the right to farm,”  especially to those of us who are city dwellers?

Forum, September 21, 10:00 am

“The Future of Books” with Crosby Kemper
We live in a time of change for those who care about books. The publishing industry consolidates. More blockbusters, but fewer distinct titles get into print. Bookstores and publishers wrestle Amazon. eBooks abound. Are all these changes making us more literate and better read? Kansas City Missouri Public Library Directory, Crosby Kemper, surveys the future of books.

“Spirituality Is Fantastic,” Barbara Bemis, August 31, 2014

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