“The Political Season” with Linwood Tauheed
The “political season” encompasses upcoming and crucial elections, the determination of a community to make changing Kansas City schools educate, and the aspiration to compel community economic development. Dr. Linwood Tauheed, assistant professor of economics at UMKC, brings academic economics to urban education and community building.
“Keeping Food out of the Landfill” with Steve Fishman
Steve is a waste management specialist in the Air and Waste Management Division of EPA Region 7 in KCK. He will describe an interesting new program they are working on to salvage food that normally goes to a landfill. US EPA has initiated a Food Recovery Challenge. They are recruiting partners to minimize loss, increase donations, and find ways to recover the energy in organics.
“Ethical Eating” with Tracy Van Quaethem
The UUA calls for ethical eating–“to choose foods that minimize harm and are protective of the environment, consumers, farmers, and all those involved in food production and distribution.” As we’ve become separated from the production of our food, we’ve sometimes assumed that the F.D.A. protects food and its production. It’s not that simple. Tracy Van Quaethem—an “urban vegetable cultivator,” a teacher using food ethics as a research focus, and All Souls Green Sanctuary Committee chair—will discuss some of the practical applications of ethical eating.
“Freedom Seekers and Quindaro” with Gary Jenkins and Jimmy Johnson
The former town of Quindaro, located in what now is Kansas City, Kansas, was established by abolitionists in 1856. Local filmmaker Gary Jenkins will show the Quindaro section of his latest documentary, Freedom Seekers: Stories from the Western Underground Railroad. Archaeologist Jimmy Johnson, whose great grandfather escaped from a Platte County farm through Quindaro, will talk about the archaeology of the site. The full length documentary: Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m., Bragg.
“Memory and Meaning” (Memorial Day Sunday) with Rev. Jennifer Brooks
In his poem “The Young Dead Soldiers,” Archibald MacLeish gave voice to soldiers killed in battle. He imagined them saying: “Our deaths are not ours; they are yours; they will mean what you make them.” This weekend America remembers those who gave their lives in military service. What meaning do we make?
“The Softest Voice” with Rev. Jennifer Brooks
Patricia Shuttee writes, “In the human world, abundance does not happen automatically. It is created when we have the sense to choose community.” In this service preceding the All Souls congregational meeting, Rev. Jennifer reflects on the ways that people “choose community.”
“Notes on the Nature of God” with Rev. Jennifer Brooks
We UUs are seekers. We covenant to encourage one another to spiritual growth. It’s the differences in our points of view that make conversation about the nature of “God” stimulating and growth-provoking. Rev. Jennifer shares perspectives that offer all of us an opportunity to deepen our thinking about the universe, our lives, and our relationships.
“Music Sunday” with Anthony Edwards and the All Souls Choir
Every year our Music Program celebrates music in the life of our congregation by offering large choral works. This year we explore the life and poetry of Virginia Hamilton Adair and the music of Gwyneth Walker in “An Hour to Dance.” The offering will benefit the LRD and Music Programs.