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November 2017

Service: “(Trans)gressing Boundaries” with Jack Gaede

November 5 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Boundaries can be good. They provide necessary structures on which we build meaning, community, and resistance. However, some boundaries are restrictive, oppressive, and unhelpful. When is it important to transgress boundaries? And how do we respond to the way that other folks transgress boundaries that we hold dear? Regarding the topic of “transgressing” boundaries of sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression, we will explore how we as a congregation can commit to being (and remaining) a radically welcome place for…

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Service: “The Promise and the Practice” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

November 12 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Last April, the national Unitarian Universalist Association invited all UU congregations to create a ‘teach-in’ event around issues of white supremacy and the challenge of dismantling structural racism.  All Souls was in the midst of a schedule of sabbatical services that was not flexible, and so we were among the half of UU congregations that for a variety of reasons did not participate.  This fall, Black Lives UU -- a coalition of members and leaders of color within the UUA…

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Service: “Words That Come Before All Else” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

November 19 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The Thanksgiving Address is a tradition from the Native American Haudenosaunee Confederation -- a litany of gratitude, it opens all meetings and gatherings, much like a UU Chalice Lighting.  What does it look like, and what might it mean, when a culture begins all human connection with an expression of appreciation for the gifts of the natural world, life itself, and community?  At this service we will welcome new members, and the choir will sing.

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Service: “Creation of a Free Space” with Rev. Jill Jarvis

November 26 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Theologian Henri Nouwen wrote that hospitality means primarily “the creation of a free space where the stranger can offer them space where change can take place.” But the human tendency is to view strangers as potentially threatening or challenging on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. To truly welcome the stranger is a radical, intentional act that may require more than a change in perspective.

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December 2017

Forum: “White Privilege: Motives, Expectations, and Bettering Early Literacy” with Mullins & Norton

December 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Literacy emerges from a broad range of factors that include early childhood learning opportunities, development stages at which children are ready to learn abstract skills, and the flexibility of schools and teachers.  Rita Norton will describe one white child’s decades long route to reading proficiency.  Bill Mullins will discuss winning the literacy battle in several local, contemporary primary schools.  

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Service: “Requiem” with All Souls Choir and Music Director Anthony Edwards

December 3 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
All Souls UU Church, 4501 Walnut
Kansas City, 64111 United States
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We begin the holiday season with an opportunity to recall our own lost loved ones, and a moving performance of Robert Schumann’s inspiring Requiem. The offering will support our Music & Religious Education programs.

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Forum: “To Help K.C. Area Refugees—and Why” with Sophia Khan

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

KC for Refugees is a Kansas City organization for helping find homes, language skills, employment, education and transportation for refugees in the Kansas City area. Central to this busy organization, Dr. Khan, an M.D. and U.S. citizen for several decades, is an activist for justice and the U.S. tradition of welcoming refugees

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Service: “Who Would Do That” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

December 10 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

As women (and men) once again try to break through the silence surrounding sexual harassment and abuse in our culture, how do we learn together what constitutes appropriate, or unacceptable, behavior?  Have the rules really changed, or were there ever really rules?  Some vintage ideas about ethics might help us unravel this dilemma.  We will share Joys and Sorrows.

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Forum: “Good Governance vs. Gimmickry in Kansas City, MO” with Patrick Tuohey

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Patrick Tuohey is the Director of Municipal Policy for the Show-Me Institute, a Missouri organization that promotes responsibility market solutions for Missouri public policy. He will speak about good governance versus gimmickry and about several Kansas City issues including KCI and the misuse of tax increment financing.

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Service: “Seasons of Candles Holiday Service for All Ages” with KG, JC, & JG

December 17 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The human impulse to turn toward light in the darkest part of the year, and to come together in the cold season, appears to be universal.  The solstice fires, the Hanukkah lamps, the Advent candles, all beckon us to be part of a larger community, and to rejoice in our connections, as nature settles in to dormancy.  Let us take a clue from the old stories, and celebrate together, even as we renew our commitment to the ancient dream of…

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