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February 2019

Forum: “Freeloading vs. Civic Duty” with Rex Archer

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

"We all need to protect our most vulnerable residents from vaccine preventable diseases." Why are U.S. Americans skipping out on vaccines? Why and what are consequences for this? Rex Archer, MD, M.P.H. and Director of Health, Kansas City, Missouri Health Department will address this issue.

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February 17: “On Creating a Soulful Universe” with Keely Schneider

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

Exploration of the integration of science and spirit. Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives. General Budget is the recipient of the February 2019. Click here and Select Contribution/Donation/General Budget to support ASUUC.

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Forum: “Live Theater at Live Theaters” with Cynthia Levin

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cynthia Levin, in her 40th season with the Unicorn Theater, has been director, actor, designer or producer for over 300 productions. She is committed to inclusion and diversity without limits on topics. Producing Artistic Director for the Unicorn Theater, Cynthia will discuss its success and its connections to other theaters.

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February 24: “One Molecule of Mercy” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

“Yeah, we’re all a messy mix of good and bad, flaws and virtues. We’ve all been mean and petty and cruel, but (and here’s the important part) we’ve also been soft and forgiving and kind. Hopepunk says that kindness and softness doesn’t equal weakness, and that in this world of brutal cynicism and nihilism, being kind is a political act. An act of rebellion.” Might these also be acts of faith? What can the newly defined literary genres of ‘grimdark’…

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March 2019

Forum: “Local News Coverage” with Spencer Graves

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

As print media companies combine, and broadcast companies expand their holdings, local media is no longer locally owned. Spencer Graves suggests that the future of local news coverage may be up to all of us using the Internet, Social Media, and WIKI.

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March 3: “Houses Divided” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

March 3 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The decision this week by the Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to affirm and reinforce policies prohibiting GLBTQ clergy from serving churches, and all clergy from officiating at same-gender weddings, is an occasion for dismay far beyond that one Christian denomination. Many of our United Methodist neighbors, friends, family, and colleagues are in a state of shock and grief, and feel deeply betrayed by their religious community. What do we, as sympathetic observers, need…

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Forum: “From There to Here” with Leonard Zeskind

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Our move from community to polarization is well-illustrated by anti-immigrant policies, white nationalism, male chauvinism, racist authorities, and anti-Semitic killers. Leonard Zeskind, author of Blood and Politics, will explain how we got to this point and what we need to do to begin to get out. (also, see http://www.IREHR.org)

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March 10: “Ascending From Chaos” with Taryn Strauss

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

We are living through of an apocalyptic crumbling of dominant powers- the #metoo movement, and other apocalyptic moments across the world are causing crisis in a number of institutions, including, most recently the United Methodist Church.  How can Unitarian Universalist theology respond, calling us to ascend from chaos and build a bridge, not a wall, to what lies beyond.  Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives. Partner…

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Forum: “Effectiveness of the K.C. Metro Vote” with Reps. Judy Morgan and Barbara Washington

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

The odds are stacked against our Jackson County representatives in Jefferson City, Missouri's State House. Voters elect people trusted to represent us. But are representatives and voters spinning our wheels? Representative Barbara Washington has been representing Jackson County's District 23 for three years; Representative Judy Morgan, representing District 24 for eight years.

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March 17: “It Gets Better” with Rev. Judith Cady & Anthony Edwards

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

Love comes in many varieties, not all of which conform to traditional roles. Anyone who grew up ‘different’ -- in terms of sexual identity, religious identity, racial identity, or gender identity, or physical or mental ability, to name only a few examples, -- has probably had the experience of prejudice and rejection. It is important for all of us to remember that we can find acceptance, community, and pride as we learn to appreciate the uniqueness and integrity of every…

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