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September 2018

Forum: “Update on the U.S. supreme Court” with Bob Eye

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

A prominent civil rights attorney in Kansas, Bob Eye, will update us of the changing balance on the United States Supreme Court and possible effects on our civil liberties

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Service: “Ingathering” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

Bring water that you have saved from any place that was special to you this summer -- including your garden or the kids’ wading pool -- or that represents whatever touched your heart during this past season. It doesn’t take much; six ounces or so is plenty. As we bring together this water that is a metaphor for our lives in community, we will consider the power of metaphors to shape how we know the world, and what gives us…

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Forum: “The Rent’s Too High… Kansas City Housing Policy Options” with Jennifer Tidwell

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

Every day in K. C. about 42 poor tenants are evicted--they can't afford the rent. The lack of affordable housing is a national epidemic. City Housing Department Deputy Director Jennifer Tidwell will preview what might go into a City Hall plan, and ask you to be part of the conversation.

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Service: “Something Better than Comfort” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

One of the traditional expectations of religious community is that it should be a place that offers us comfort when our lives are full of struggle, and that is a great gift. Yet “all comfort all the time” is a recipe for a lop-sided community that will never change the world, or transform its members. How can we build a covenant that goes deeper than trying to feel good, and instead helps us to create change and grow in the…

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Forum: “Keeping the EPA Going Amidst Political Turmoil” with Kerry Herndon

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Kerry Herndon worked for the U.S. EPA as an Environmental Scientist for 34 years and thrived on her efforts to protect the environment and public health.  She will discuss current controversies surrounding the Agency, challenges faced by career staff, and potential results from roll backs on environmental policies.  After retiring, Kerry was elected to the Kanza Sierra Club Excom serving as Chair for the past two years.  

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Service: “A Time of Awakening(?)” with Ministerial Intern Rebecca Gant

September 30 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

For people who are dedicated to affirming the dignity of every person, caring for the earth, and using democracy as a tool of justice, these are trying times. The results of the midterm elections, however, and the growing crowds of people showing up to protest inhumane policies provide some hope that things are changing. Is this a period of awakening? If so, what is it that we still need to wake up to? And how can we help to wake…

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October 2018

Forum: “Immigration!” with Angela Ferguson

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Austin & Ferguson, L.L.C. is a full-service, immigration law firm with a heavy caseload on the deportation defense side, and with lots of advocacy within the community on immigration issues. Angela Ferguson is well known in the All Souls community for her endless energy and passion for social justice.

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Service: “Something Better than Hate” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

It has always seemed clear to me that the only antidote to the tribalism and violence of bad religion, is the spiritual growth to which we are summoned by healthy religious community. Sociological research is showing us that identity and belonging, as well the satisfactions of narrative and adrenaline, are cravings of the human condition, for good or ill. Can love and idealism ever hope to satisfy them as effectively as hate and vengeance do? Click here to watch streaming…

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Forum: “What do you know about Africa?” with Tom Crane

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

During Vietnam involvements, Tom Crane joined the Peace Corps as a medical technician in Malawi, using opportunities to travel widely in Central Africa. After further government service with the ACTION Agency, he earned an M.A. in International Affairs with African focus. A co-founder of KKFI Radio and Friends of community Media, Tom hosts World Sound Radio, Sundays on KKFI.

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Service: “Dimensions of Queer” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

Unitarian Universalists have been among the earliest communities to accept gay and lesbian people as members and leaders in our congregations, as well as advocating for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Now we begin to confront in earnest the next level of complexity as we move away from a hetero-normative culture -- thinking outside the binary boundaries of male/female, and how to reconstruct interactions with people who don’t find themselves authentically represented on either side of that divide. On this…

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