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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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July 2017

Service: “Freedom in the Web of Life” with Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

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

Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer once said: “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” On this July 4th weekend, join the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon from the UU Church in Columbia, Missouri to explore how freedom and responsibility intertwine and what collective liberation has to do with the interconnected web of life.  

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Service: “Good Without God” with Rev. Kent McKusick

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

In a world full of unsettling challenges and questions, many people find answers through belief and faith in the divine and religion.  It has been reported that half of the US population holds prejudice against non-believers.  Living an ethical life as a good person is difficult with or without God. What might non-believers find in a search for commonality with others and something to believe in?  How might a belief in life before death make a difference? Rev. Kent McKusick…

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Service: “The Dance of Diversity” with Rev. Jim Eller

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

What a gift a diversity of culture and perspective can be.  For many years Unitarian Universalism claimed “tolerance” as one of our highest values, but we found that people of “difference” wanted to be more than just tolerated. Now we have come to realize the value and depth that can be reached by true and creative interchange. Jim Eller is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister and the clergy spouse of Rev. Jeannie Himes, the United Methodist minister at St. Stephens…

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Service: “The Power of Prayer (Yes! For Humanists, too)” with Keely Schneider

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

We consider how prayer can help us to connect with one another, unveil the Divine, and cultivate love and bravery within ourselves - two of the most powerful gifts we as Unitarian Universalists can bring to the world. Keely J. Schneider has been a member of All Souls UU Church since 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Trustees.  She has been actively involved as a choir member, music committee member and a volunteer reader for services.  Keely has…

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Service: “When Our Bleeding Hearts Won’t Save Us: Problems, Accountability, and the Empathy Myth” with Rev. Jordinn Nelson Long

July 30 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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August 2017

Service: “Amen! Bow Wow!” with Zarrin Reynolds

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

A service for dog lovers with lessons learned in the company of canine companions.

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Service: “Expanding Our Reach” with Rev. Duncan E. Teague

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

Rev. Teague is following the calling to take our movement to the West End community of Atlanta, GA. What do we risk to take our faith to new places? Several good people believe we must.   Teague, a KC native, is now leading an emergent congregation in the West End community of Atlanta-- Abundant LUUv, Unitarian Universalist Ministries. He has been recognized by the Georgia House of Representatives for his community work, and was a 2015 inductee into the Morehouse College's…

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