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January 2020

January 26: “What’s Philosophy Got to Do with It?” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

The Society of the White Rose, a resistance organization of college students under the Nazi regime, consciously framed there calls to the conscience of the German people around the work of the great philosophers of their culture. They cited figures like Schiller, Fichte, and Goethe to help them understand what was happening in their nation, and what they needed to do. Do we have a similar intellectual basis for our own resistance today? Do we need one? The offering will…

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February 2020

February 2: “Empowering African Communities with Solar Energy” with Mark Hannifan

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

Mark is President of Sun Partners International, a KC based not-profit that helps implement community solar electrification projects in developing countries. He will discuss the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on Africa & how SPI's projects provide clean water, refrigeration, lighting and communication to impoverished villages.

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February 2: “The Conspiracy of Trees” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

February sometimes seems like the most endless segment of winter, but in reality there is much going on beneath the frozen surface. Ancient pagan tradition celebrated the holiday of Imbolc, the start of the lambing season and new milk. Judaism recognizes the Birthday of the Trees, and Christianity honors Candlemas, beginning the approach of Lent and Easter. What wisdom might the leafless trees have for us, as we confront the devastation of our planet? The choir will sing, and the…

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February 9: “Oscar Sunday” with All Souls Movie Group

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

Members of the All Souls Movie group resume the annual Oscar forum. Robert Butler isn't available, but members of the All Souls Movie group have knowledge of and passion for movies. They will share insights and give the audience opportunities to vote for Oscar nominated actors and films, anticipating Sunday night's awards ceremony.

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February 9: “To Be Living Now” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

The holiday of Imbolc, or Candlemas, celebrates the beginning of a new farming season. The Buddhist tradition would remind us that each new season, and each new day, comes with potential opportunities for either suffering, or serenity. This meditative service offers an invitation to let go of our destructive passions, to be able to embrace time from a clear and centered awareness, so as to live with integrity, compassion, and tranquility. The Bell Choir will offer a sound meditation, and…

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February 16: “The Long Kurdish Struggle” with Gary Hobin

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

Kurds are a distinct ethnic group with unique language and culture. Their homeland is the mountainous region that borders Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. Gary Hobin (cv USArmy) will discuss the complexity and simplicity of the Kurds story, investigating who they are, what they believe, and their views of their place in the region.

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February 23: “Working Together for Kansas City, MO” with Alissia Canady

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

Kansas City is composed of diverse residents with many different backgrounds and views. Alissia Canady will share thoughts on ways that we can recognize differences, listen to each other, then collaborate on making Kansas City a city that serves all of its residents. She is managing attorney of Canady Law Firm and formerly a Jackson County assistant prosecutor. She served from 2015 to 2019 as 5th District Councilwoman and was appointed Chair of the TIF Commission.

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