“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?
“The World as We Know It” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
How are we to understand the increase of oppressive power and irrational violence around the globe, as well as in our own nation and state? Is change inevitable and at what price? We will welcome Jordinn Nelson-Long, our new Ministerial Intern, and a special offering in support of Carver Dual Language School will be received.
“Longing for the Sea” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
As summer comes to a close, and the ‘real time’ of school and work resume, we cherish the season’s memories by sharing water from our journeys, and look ahead to the coming season. We re-commit ourselves to the work of justice and peace, in our lives, in our state, and in our world.
“Spirituality Is Fantastic” with Barbara Bemis
The essential goal of fantasy is to lead one into greater self-understanding. If fantasy begins in another world, it is in order to reach that mysterious other world of the human soul.
“Come, Come Whoever You Are” with Jane Gilbreath and Kitty Degler
These words from a favorite All Souls song will lead us into Singing Meditation. The goal of Singing Meditation is to create a time and space for our souls to explore their vast potential for spiritual joy. Regardless of our spiritual backgrounds, this interfaith experience can unite us in a community of voices and hearts. So, Come, come whoever you are, and expect music and silence to soothe, energize, delight and move you.
“The Hero’s Journey” with Rev. Diana Hughes
Thoreau wrote that we lead lives of “quiet desperation.” Perhaps that is because we have a sense that we were made of greater stuff, meant for grander deeds. How do we reclaim our authentic path and help those we meet along the way? Sarah LaBarr will inspire us with theme songs of two of our favorite heroic journeys from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Carousel.”
“Lifting the Nuclear Shroud” Rev. Jim Hannah, PeaceWorks
With Aug. 6 and 9 being anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this morning we’ll take the theme, “Lifting the Nuclear Shroud,” or “The Joy and the Oy!” We lift the shroud of mourning to see clearly the possibilities of a nuclear weapons-free world.
“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.”