“The Festival of First Fruits” with Barbara Griggs & Tracy Van Quaethem
It’s high summer. The days are long and hot and bright, the nights are filled with the chirp of cicadas; the corn is high and our gardens overflow with the first fruits of the harvest: bumper crops of plump red tomatoes, mountains of zucchini and summer squash; watermelon and peaches and berries. Come to celebrate the ancient festival of First Fruits, or Lughnasadh, with All Souls members Tracy Van Quaethem and Barbara Griggs.
“From Generation to Generation” with Carolyn MacDonald and All Souls Members
Each generation offers special gifts to others. We celebrate the connections between generations through the sharing of stories from All Souls persons representing different generations.
“Flags! Flags! Flags! with Rev. Anton Jacobs
Rev. Anton Jacobs is back by popular demand. You may remember that Anton was a favorite guest speaker a few years back as he ministered to All Souls during a difficult time for us. Anton says, “We’re watching an orgy of flagdom in connection with the World Cup and July 14 is Bastille Day. The gist of what I’ll be doing is affirming that what really counts is not the flag that flies over a land but the reality of freedom, peace and justice in the land.”
“To Boldly Go: A Journey into the Spirituality of Science Fiction” with Zarrin Reynolds
Geeks unite as we examine the spiritual and life lessons to be learned from sci-don literature, movies and television. Certified geekhood not required, but a questing mind and a laughing heart are a must!
“First Freedom – Freedom of Religion” with Barbara Griggs & Friends
What were our Founding Fathers thinking when they forged the First Amendment? What were the religious perspectives of Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Madison; and what did they bring to the creation of the Federal Government’s relationship with religion in our new country?
“Science and Spirit” with Keely Schneider
We kick off our season of summer services with a consideration of how the methods and the discoveries of science can inform our spiritual lives. The meaning we make for living is always shaped by our understanding of what and how the world is, and the stories we tell about what we know for sure. How can science and spirit be partners, rather than contestants for our loyalty?
“Inquiring Minds” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
The tradition of a Question Box Sunday appears to be unique to Unitarian Universalism, but it goes back a long way in our tradition. This is your chance to ask something that you have always wished to hear about from the pulpit; 3 x 5 cards are available in the Communications Center, and you can leave your question in Kendyl’s mailbox, or you can tweet your question to @AllSoulsKC. Kendyl says, “It really is a better experience if I have a chance to put the questions in some sensible order, and think about them for a little while, but I will answer as many as I can in the time available.”
“Are We Post-Racial Yet?” with All Souls Racial Justice Committee
As Barak Obama’s presidency begins its last quarter, what has been achieved for the black community in America? What remains to be overcome? Musical and spoken word artists will help us consider what freedom means for our celebration of Juneteenth today.
“Tolerance, Diversity and other All Souls Myths” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
We take pride in being an open and creedless institution. Can it be, however, that we have a hidden and unwritten dogma that is narrow, exclusive, and intimidating? This auction sermon explores how All Souls might become a more tolerant and diverse church that can better serve current and future members.
“Graduation and Bridging Ceremony” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
As we send our graduates out into the world of their futures, we also welcome the young people who enter the community of their high school years. Celebrate with us the turning of the wheel of time, and the rainbow bridge into maturity, power, and adventure.