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December 2016

UU Forum: “Affirmative Apathy: I’m Already Doing What I Can”  with Bill Mullins

December 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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The Black Lives Matter movement raises visibility about the continuing impact of gross inequality and discrimination in America.  Thoughtful writers note that privileged Americans face several stages of internal self-examination and that too few make it far enough.  We will hear how wealth privilege, gender discrimination and systemic racism--in concert--hold change back.

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Service: “Of Destiny and Detrivores” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

December 4 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Oct. 16

Issues around the Dakota Access Pipeline remind us that while some progress has been made, our  ‘first world’ culture is addicted to fossil fuels.  And like an addict, we arrange our world around keeping supply available.  What would recovery and a return to health look like for a society?  The choir will sing, we will honor the spirituality of indigenous peoples, and the offering will support Artists Helping the Homeless.

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UU Forum: “UMKC–An UrbanUniversity Looks into the 21st Century” with Barbara Bichelmeyer

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Kansas City native Barbara Bichelmeyer took over as Provost of the University of Missouri--Kansas City in 2014, after 19 years at Indiana University.  She chose to return because of the opportunity she saw at UMKC.  A year and a half into her tenure, she describes her expectations and aspirations going forward.

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Service: “Broken Promises” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

December 11 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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As the protests at Standing Rock continue to unfold, it is important to see them in context of both western culture’s dependence on fossil fuels, and the specific national history of suppression of indigenous peoples and repeated betrayals of treaty agreements with Native American nations.  In a way similar to the warped logic of addicts, old traumas seek protection from the pain of the past by creating new injustice.  How might healing begin?  We will share the joys and concerns…

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