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December 2018

Service: “George Bailey and the Radical Resistance” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

December 23, 2018 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is of course about family, and the importance of an individual life of integrity, but it also has a radical political subtext. In today’s climate, it is worth taking another look at Old Man Potter, and how Bedford Falls is itself a kind of character in the story. What do our own civic spaces have to teach us about the holiday spirit? Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at…

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Christmas Eve Service: “Lights of Christmas Eve” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons & Rev. Jill Jarvis

December 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Candles and carols, harp and drums, cookies and soup -- a chance to reflect on the traditional tales of the season, and what they mean for us today. We will begin with a light soup supper at 5:30, followed by a candle lighting service, with safe lights for the little ones at 6:30, and then cookies with Santa in the foyer. It’s a lovely, liberal way to let the festivities begin! Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings…

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Forum: “Soapbox Sunday” with Jack Phillips

December 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The annual, holiday event that gives All Soulsers the opportunity to sound-off publicly about things that fancy their imaginations includes a musical introduction (at least) from our own minstrel, Jack Phillips. Set you minds to a 4 or 5 minute speech and contact Theo Schubert at 931-7770 (or Rita Norton) soon, so that we can fit as many of you as possible into the Forum's 55 minute time slot.

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Decmeber 30: “Changing Church (Golden Oldie)” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

December 30, 2018 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

This year’s selection will be made from among three nominated sermons that members have recommended we should hear again. We will also observe the Kwanzaa holiday, and take a deep breath as we await the beginning of 2019. What might the new year bring us? Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives. All Souls General Budget is the recipient of the December 2018. Click here and Select…

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January 2019

Forum: “The Neighborhood around All Souls with Laura Burkhalter, et al

January 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Laura Burkhalter, President of the Southmoreland Neighborhood Assn., will, with others, bring an update of what is happening in the All Souls area. Among the projects are current and planned construction at K.C. Art Institute, closing and major renovations at Holiday Inn, and changes at the Westport High School building.

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January 6: “Putting Up with Each Other” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 6 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

People sometimes suppose that something is not working right about their church community if they find some of their fellow members annoying. In point of fact, the only people presently available for creating human relationships are people who are irritating, and that includes you. Yet we increasingly understand that exactly those relationships are indispensable for healthy lives of joy and meaning. How do we learn to put up with each other? Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings…

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Forum: “Healthy People in a Healthy Community” with Faisal Khan

January 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Faisal Khan is the new C.E.O. for the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center on Euclid Avenue. He will discuss the Health Center's role as a community advocate for social justice as well as a public health resource for the community and its members. Mr. Khan has been director of the St. Louis County Public Health Dept.

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January 13: “The New Jim Crow, Still” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 13 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

This year’s auction sermon topic, purchased by Butch Murphy, lifts up the work of the ancient Roman poet Lucretius, presenting Epicurean philosophy to Roman intellectuals in the first century BCE. This text, lost for a time after the fall of Rome, describes the elements of a good life before the rise of Christianity, and offers a vision for our own time, including the claim that the chief enemy of pleasure is not pain, but delusion. How might these ideas inform…

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

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Following a quarter century All Souls Forum tradition, the Mayor of Kansas City, Sylvester "Sly" James, Jr., 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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January 20: “Chaos and Community” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 20 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

In the last book completed before his assassination, Dr. King suggested that America faced a choice, between chaos or community. In this last grand expression of his vision, he put forward his most prophetic challenge to the powers that be, and his most progressive program for the wretched of the earth. In the half century since Where Do We Go from Here? was published, both of those possibilities have come to pass. Where does that leave us today? Click here…

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