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March 2017

UU Forum: “Confronting the Vicious Cycle of Mental Illness“ with Stephanie Boyer

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

For people apparently suffering mental health problems, the sobering and stabilization units of the Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center offer a healthy option to jail and/or emergency rooms. Stephanie Boyer, LMSW and program manager for the K.C. Assessment and Triage Center in operation since late 2016, will discuss the program and its potential.

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Service: “Developing Lay Leadership at All Souls”

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

MidWest Leadership School (MWLS) is part of the UUA's nationwide network of leadership schools, offering adult and youth curriculum, which includes UU history and theology, leadership, group & system dynamics, and developing personal belief statements, as well as preparing and presenting meaningful worship.  Since 1986, dozens of All Souls members have participated; some of these alumni will reflect on what impact our time at MWLS has had on us individually, a congregation and a denomination.  Is it in your future to…

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April 2017

UU Forum: “Affordable Senior Housing: Challenges and Trends” with Kimber Myers Givner

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

As the Boomer Generation fully enters the traditional retirement years, this group faces both anticipated and unanticipated challenges. Kimber Givner, J.D., M.S.W. and Executive Director for Phoenix Family, will review the current scene to aid understanding of what present developments suggest about future housing options.

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Service: ” Make a Joyful Noise” with Anthony Edwards and the All Souls Choir

April 2 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Have we not sung your favorite hymn in a while? Here’s your chance. We’ll be celebrating favorites from our two hymnbooks. Grab a gray and/or teal hymnbook and find your favorite hymns and readings. The hymnbooks are currently on the cart in Bragg. We will hand them out on April 2nd. Get ready to MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!

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UU Forum: “Aid in Dying” with Ann Allegre and John Carney

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

What are your options when dealing with serious illness and do not want to prolong your dying?  There's hospice and palliative care, and seven states now allow physicians to help people end their lives.  Ann Allegre is a retired hospice physician, and John Carney is CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics in K.C.

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Service: “Living Between the Times” with Tex Sample

April 9 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “while the arc of the moral universe is long, it bends toward Justice,”  Tex will consider the time living between now and that justice toward which the universe bends, suggesting a role for us to play during that time. Tex Sample is the Robert B. And Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at The Saint Paul School of Theology where he taught for 32 years.

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UU Forum: “Homeland $ecurities: Policing for Profit” with Jon Adams

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Former federal law enforcement agent, Jon Adams (MBA), discusses his experience and philosophy on the state and history of U.S. incarceration. From his unique experience as an Immigration Agent and Deputy U.S. Marshal to his time working with offenders as an undercover inmate, Jon provides insight to the current state of law enforcement and to the dangers of proposed government policies.

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Service: “Practice Resurrection” with Rev. Lisa Friedman

April 16 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The ancient story of Easter still speaks to us today — new beginnings emerge with fresh possibilities, even in those moments when it seems that all is tragically lost. As Unitarian Universalists, how do we honor the wondrous power of resurrection and renewal in our lives and in our world? Rev. Lisa Friedman is the Minister of Congregational & Community Engagement at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul.

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UU Forum: “UMKC Lessons in Community Project Engagement” with Tony Luppino

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

UMKC faculty, staff and program offices represent a large resource of knowledge and expertise from which community efforts might draw.  Law Professor Luppino's experience with such inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional engagements provides insights about the challenges of such collaborations.

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Service: “Earth Day” with Gaia Community

April 23 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

All Souls "Daughter Congregation", Gaia Community, will present a service in song, shared &performed, featuring the Voices of Gaia choir.  We will ponder the current state of our tenancy on the planet, and recommit to helping and healing the earth.  All Souls children and youth will be given flowering plants.

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