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May 2017

Service: “Music Sunday!” with All Souls Choir and Anthony Edwards

May 7 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Music Sunday presents SING FOR THE CURE, a choral work with powerful readings and breathtaking music dedicated to those affected by breast cancer, specifically breast cancer survivors and their families and friends. Join the choir and soloists, Katie Karel, Sarah LaBarr, Shanna Jones and Lana Dealy for this very special musical event. The Offering will benefit All Souls Religious Education and Music programs.

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UU Forum: “Arts Arrive! K.C.“ with John Hoffman

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Enjoying arts, architecture and historic neighborhoods in KC, John will discuss his program, “Arts Alive,” its events discovering art, artist workshops, and the many art-connected businesses and organizations, as well as creative work being done to enhance development with grace and beauty in Kansas City. 

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Service: “Having the Awkward Conversation” with Rev. Diana Hughes

May 14 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

We begin the service with a ceremony honoring our mothers.  Then we will consider what W. Kamau Bell, creator of the television docu-series “United Shades of America,” says is essential for building bridges among Americans: having the awkward conversation. How do we heal the divide, not only in our politics, but within ourselves, and among our co-workers and families?

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UU Forum: “Modern Dystopia”with George Baggett

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Baggett is a long-time observer of the art of propaganda with experience as an environmental activist and a corporate-employed scientist.  He will discuss how modern techniques in mass media and internet have created more effective propaganda platforms from the right and the left--used to polarize our society. 

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Service: “Bringing Your Gifts” with Board of Trustees

May 21 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The Board of Trustees invites you to rejoice and celebrate financial giving. An inspiring service of music, testimonials, and a pledge card ceremony will bring us together.

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UU Forum: “The Soil Will Save Us” with Stan Slaughter

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Humanity is losing the race against global warming.  But sequestration of carbon in the soil can absorb enormous quantities of greenhouse gases.  Award winning educator and composting expert, Slaughter, will explain.  Last year, Stan was invited by Prince Charles to speak on this topic in England.

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Service: “Armed to the Teeth and Praying For Peace” with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan

May 28 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Rev. Sarah’s husband and aunt experienced the same fatal shooting at an elementary school in Goddard, KS. Now, they are activists trying to keep guns off college campuses and to gain better control of where and how guns show up in our communities. This spring she took five high school students to the UU United Nations Office Spring Seminar "Arm In Arm: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet." From the interpersonal to the international, join us in exploring violence and…

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June 2017

Service: “Go Out Swinging” with William Trowbridge and Bob Walkenhorst

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

An enjoyable and moving Sunday service interwoven with poetry and music. William Trowbridge, former Poet Laureate of Missouri, just published his seventh poetry collection: Vanishing Point, from Red Hen Press. He has given readings, lectures, and workshops throughout the United States, and his work has appeared in over 40 anthologies and textbooks. Bob Walkenhorst is a musician, songwriter, painter, who is a founding member of the U.S. roots rock band The Rainmakers. The group has recently returned from one of…

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Service with Rev. Marlin Lavanhar

June 18 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

A lifelong UU, Marlin grew up in suburban Chicago. During 5 years abroad he lived in Kyoto, Japan and traveled the world by bicycle. A graduate of Tulane (1990) and Harvard Divinity (1999), Marlin was called to All Souls in 2000. The church has doubled to over 2000 adults and has grown in diversity. The church has plans to relocate and expand by its centennial in 2021

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“The Strange Ritual of the Red Heifer: Non-Rational Commandments and the Role of Ritual in Judaism” with Rabbi Doug Alpert

June 25 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

As a behavioral-based theology Judaism is imbued with rituals as a means to create and strengthen relationships. Exploring ritual and prayer can be a means to connect with the other, and inform our ethical behavior. Rabbi Doug Alpert is the spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami-Kansas City’s Urban Progressive Synagogue. He is also the C-Chair of MORE2-the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, and serves the Worker Rights Board, as well as the boards of MO Jobs With Justice,…

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