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December 2017

Forum: “The All Souls Forum pauses for the holiday”

December 24 @ 9:00 am - December 30 @ 5:00 pm

Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you.

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Service: “The Giver and the Gift” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

December 24 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

A Humanist perspective on the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the meaning of Christmas in a secular society.  Charles Dickens was a Unitarian, with a shrewd understanding of human psychology, and the transformation that occurs in his Christmas ghost story is anything but supernatural.  This morning will be a time for thoughtful reflection amid the bustle of the season.

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Service: “Christmas Eve Celebration for All Ages” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

December 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Share the magic of story telling, carol singing, candle lighting, and Christmas joy with friends and the whole family. Perhaps Santa will even stop by.

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Forum: “Soap Box Sunday” with the All Souls Members & Friends

December 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Forum for New Year’s Eve will feature as many All souls talkers and speakers and maybe even singers and poets as we can fit into our 57 minutes. Choose your 4 to 5 minute gift for us, and contact and name it to our organizer, Linda McNicholas at by the 27th of December—earlier if you can.

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Service: “Golden Oldie:  Glass Ceilings and Locker Rooms”

December 31 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

This sermon was first preached on October 16, 2017, and was chosen by popular vote for repeat as this year’s Golden Oldie. Our next presidential election, in 2020, will mark the hundredth anniversary of women being able to vote in the U.S.  The current one is the first in which a woman has been a major party’s nominee for president.  A wave of revulsion and revelation has been sweeping the country in reaction to comments about how it is appropriate…

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January 2018

Forum: “Kansas Politics without Brownback” with Paul Johnson

January 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Paul is a keen observer of the Kansas legislature,  having served as lobbyist for the Kansas Rural Center and other non-profits for many years.  Paul will consider new possibilities opened up by the 2016 election of several moderate Kansas legislators and by the pending departure of Gov. Sam Brownback--especially those for public education, public safety and social services.

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Forum: “Disability Rights and Civil Rights” with Lon Swearingen

January 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Lon Swearingen has been a special education teacher for 25 years, board member and president for Whole Person, and a member of ADAPT, a grass roots disability advocacy organization.  Mr. Swearingen, arrested thrice at disability rights demonstrations, will speak on the history of and his experiences with advocacy for Disability Rights in the U.S.

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Forum: “The Forum’s State of the City Address” with Mayor Sly James

January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Following a quarter century All Souls Forum tradition, Mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, will deliver an annual, state of the city address.  He will review the City's accomplishments and challenges over the past year, and his priorities and expectations for the coming year.

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Forum: “From Urban Site Renewal to Good Jobs” with Richard Mabion

January 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Richard is President of the Wyandotte County NAACP and a community activist focused on environmental education and urban renewal.  He will discuss how a Brownfield to Healthfield EPA program can provide useful job training and placement benefits for inner-city, low-income residents.

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