Category Archives: General Events

Vision Task Force Presents Vision Initiatives

The Vision Report Initiatives, created from the small group visioning sessions held earlier this year, was enthusiastically accepted by the Board.  On December 14, 2014 the Task Force and Board Members will be in the lobby before and after the service to answer questions and hear comments regarding the Vision Report Initiatives.  It will be invaluable in the planning and execution of future undertakings as we strive to live our mission to Build – Inspire – Create. Please review the Report, available in the Communications Center or by downloading the following link. Then come December 14th, and when you see Jane Wilson (Co-Chair), Amy Robertson (Co-Chair), Diane Cassity, Angela Allard, Anthony Edwards and Ginger Powers thank them for a job well done and share your questions and comments.   Download report: Vision Initiatives

Blues, BBQ, Brews

Coming in Early December!
Saturday, December 6, 6-9 pm
Entertainment: Danny Cox
Tickets: $20 each; children free
Chefs: Bill Raney, Mark Gibbons and Mike Jones
Fundraiser for All Souls
Contact: Mike Jones

All Souls Annual Auction

A Night In Casablanca

Saturday, March 1, 2014

 

That’s right! The always-popular Annual Auction is almost here. The cost is $25.00, which gets you a great themed meal and the musical talents of Anthony Edwards and Cathy Barnett.

 

The silent and live auction themselves are free, which gets you the professional auctioneering of Doug and Janice Nelson, and of course the fun of the evening.

 

Here are the lists of live auction and silent action items that will be offered:

 

Live Auction 2014

Silent Auction 2014

 

 

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and requires a lot of effort to make it a success.  If you want to get involved you can offer your time and talents doing the many tasks required, you can contribute goods and services, a bottle of wine for the raffle (minimum $10 bottle) and of course you can come and buy.

 

Use this form to submit your goods or services:  Auction Submission Form

 

Extra forms will be available at the Communications Center and the concierge table.  Please submit no later than February 16 to get in the program.  Items submitted after that date will be listed in a supplement available the night of the Auction.

   

Any questions can be addressed to

    Dori Bader or Carrie Bader

Thirty Days of Action to Stand on the Side of Love

STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE

Angela Allard, Coordinator

All Souls is participating in the 30 days of Action to Stand on the Side of Love.  In coming up with the various actions, the planners tried to include many social justice issues and work with as many groups in the church and community as possible.  We started on January 16th with a beautiful service with Congregation Kol Ami, then a raucous Goat Burning Yulebock, and numerous celebrations of MLK’s birthday.  We hope you have kept track of the individual actions that were posted in the Blast, so you are keeping up.  But if not, here is the rest of the schedule. We hope you can join us for some of these.

 

Feb. 2 – Special Offering for Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation, to help fund their “Welcoming” work in the community.

Feb. 3 –  Send a Valentine to a special person in the congregation. DIY

Feb. 4 – Make SSL Heart shaped cookies and birdfeeders as gifts to members.

Feb. 5 – Deliver Bouquets to a few local leaders who have stood on the side of love this past year – Police Chief Darryl Forte, School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green; Mayor Sly James, and Councilman Scott Burnett.

Feb. 6 – Deliver Flowers and Cookies to AS members who aren’t mobile.

Feb. 7 – Advocates for Immigrant Rights & Reconciliation will be hosting a Film Night, showing “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding”.  The reception following will feature a wedding cake, baked by a local immigrant-owned bakery.

Feb. 8 – The Chili Cook-Off contest is being held – and SSL Team will be there to get Postcards signed, asking our Congressman Cleaver to support a Moratorium on Deportations until  Comprehensive Immigration Reform is passed.

Feb. 9 – Sunday Plus Lunch – to raise money for Boston and Celebrate all people with January and February birthdays.

Feb. 10 – “Happy Hour” One on Ones in the Lobby.  BYOB.

Feb. 11 – All Faces, All Races:  an Immigration Panel  hosted by ASUUC, MORE2, and Community Christian.  Public Event  6:30 – 8pm  Reception following.  205 West 65th St., KCMO.

Feb. 12 – All Souls Delegation to Congressman Cleaver’s office to talk about Deportation  Moratorium.  Please Call your Congressman, sign a postcard or come with us!

Feb. 13 -   Gifts for Caretakers of our Buildings.  DIY – Send a note of gratitude for all they do.

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Dance, open to the public.  Tickets $10.00 to help fund the youth trip to Boston this summer.

Feb. 16 – Share the Love Service – with Courageous Love awards being given and a special music Sunday service.

 

All Souls Annual Auction

A Night In Casablanca

Saturday, March 1, 2014

 

That’s right! The always-popular Annual Auction is almost here. The cost is $25.00, which gets you a great themed meal and the musical talents of Anthony Edwards and Cathy Barnett.

 

The silent and live auction themselves are free, which gets you the professional auctioneering of Doug and Janice Nelson, and of course the fun of the evening.

 

Here are the lists of live auction and silent action items that will be offered:

 

Live Auction 2014

Silent Auction 2014

 

 

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and requires a lot of effort to make it a success.  If you want to get involved you can offer your time and talents doing the many tasks required, you can contribute goods and services, a bottle of wine for the raffle (minimum $10 bottle) and of course you can come and buy.

 

Use this form to submit your goods or services:  Auction Submission Form

 

Extra forms will be available at the Communications Center and the concierge table.  Please submit no later than February 16 to get in the program.  Items submitted after that date will be listed in a supplement available the night of the Auction.

   

Any questions can be addressed to

    Dori Bader or Carrie Bader

Holiday Events

  Sun, Dec. 15, 11:15 am:

Solstice Celebration with the legend of Santa Lucia; adult and children’s choirs and our youth participate

  Christmas Eve:

5—6 pm Soup & Salad

6:30 Candlelighting Service

7:30 Cookies and hot chocolate

 

Redeem the Dream in 2013

August 28 was the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.  To mark this historic date, and to help a new generation understand what the promises of that event really mean, All Souls partnered with The National Peoples Movement and other area churches to sponsor Redeem the Dream in 2013.
Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons was one of the speakers at the kick off community assembly at Second Baptist Church, preceding a march to the Spirit of Freedom fountain at Brush Creek.  She was asked to offer the Prayer of Community.  Click on the following to read the text of her prayer: Prayer for Community Redeem the Dream

Highlights from the 2013 General Assembly

From Promise to Commitment – 2013 UUA General Assembly (“GA”)

Over 3300 Unitarian Universalists gathered in Louisville, KY, for five days of     worship, witness, community, and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)      business.  As delegates we elected a new Moderator (Chief Governance Officer of the UUA)—Jim Key—and examined and renewed our covenant to one another.

If you haven’t been to GA it’s hard to imagine the excitement, inspiration, music and community generated, but it’s all there.  Workshops and worships explored the kinds of promises our congregations are called to make as we seek to live out our UU values; how we make them, with whom, and how we hold ourselves and each other accountable.

 

We demonstrate our institutional commitment at GA to these values by:

  • actively working toward making GA more environmentally sustainable,
  • practicing care and concern for the issues related to accessibility, anti-racism, anti-oppression, multiculturalism
  • supporting a local service project
  • encouraging multigenerational inclusion

On an individual basis, one workshop offered practical tips for awaking our  awareness to our “commitment to the earth.” For example,

  • Try walking everywhere you need to go for one day
  • Once a month go to bed at dusk and get up at dawn
  • Don’t eat for 24 hours once in a while
  • Disconnect from the internet periodically
  • Once a week don’t spend any money, i.e. don’t consume

 

Several workshops discussed investment/divestment of fossil fuel companies.  Others were on “Growing Campus Ministry,” Leadership/Governance, the           environment, stewardship – 66 workshops in all to choose from.

Other highlights include seeing 250 youth actively participating, and hearing Eboo Patel present the Ware Lecture.

 

Learn about these and other events at General Assembly (GA) this year at http://www.uua.org/ga/justice/index.shtml, and come to the service on August 25.

 

“8″: A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality

 

Dayna Deck, director of "8"

In November, 2008 California voters passed Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to ban marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

A gay couple and a lesbian couple then filed suit against Proposition 8 in Federal Court. Opponents of marriage blocked broadcast of the 2010 trial, in which the judge found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional.

Later transcripts of the trial were released, and the play “8” by Dustin Lance Black is drawn from the actual testimony at the trial.  All Souls was pleased to be part of the nationwide staged readings of this play on marriage equality, helping bring this previously blocked information to a wider audience.

Joseph Davis and Matthew Westra in "8"

Proponents of Proposition 8 have continued their battle, appealing the decision. In March, 2013 the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the case, and their ruling is expected to be announced near the end of this month, June, 2013.

 

Editor’s Note: The All Souls Interweave Committee will host a gathering at the church on the day the U.S. Supreme Court announces its decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 at the end of June.  Stay tuned to this website for further details.

“Nuts and Bolts and More (Oh, My)”

How to Get It Done

Saturday, May 22, 9- 11:30, Bagels at 8:45

 

Is committee service a spiritual practice?  How do things work around here?  Have things changed lately?  Can I make my service easier and more rewarding?

Whether you are new to All Souls or have been here forever, you will learn from this updated refresher course.  We will address topics ranging from how to reserve a room to the care and feeding of volunteers.

 

Introduction by Rev. Kendyl Gibbons.  Discussion leader, Rev. Diana Hughes.

Sponsored by the Leadership Development Task Force.