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May 2018

Service: “Music Sunday” with Anthony Edwards

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

Music Sunday! The All Souls Choir and Music Director Anthony Edwards will present Dream of Freedom, a choral suite featuring the works of Langston Hughes (1902–1967). Langston Hughes, born in Joplin, MO, was an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. He continuously fought for social justice and racial equality through his literature. The Offering will benefit Music and RE. Click here to watch streaming video on…

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Forum: “Poor Peoples Campaign 101” with Michael Enriquez

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

Mike is Executive Director of Stand Up KC.  He will lay out the new Poor Peoples Campaign: National Call for Moral Revival, a multi-racial effort to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King's vision to eradicate the "triple evils" of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism.  Learn how you can help.

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Service: “Love, Power, and Fear” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

We honor Mother’s Day with our traditional UU flower celebration, and reflections on the perception of powerful women in the history of our culture.  Mother love can be a subversive force, challenging the suffering of the status quo, but a culture’s capacity to tolerate the exercise of power by women is never a given.  The image of the witch reflects and informs this ambiguity, even in our own day. Be sure to bring a flower, from the garden or the…

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Forum: “Reality Speaks: Factual Inspiration for Difficult Times” with Rev. Michael Dowd

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

Described as an eco-theologian and pro-science evolutionary evangelist, Rev. Dowd teaches that "evidence is modern-day scripture, and ecology must be the heart of theology."   He will discuss our sacred responsibility to future generations and how to become ever more resilient in chaotic and challenging times.

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Service: “Changing Church” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

Religious communities are often eager to change the world, to make it better for future generations, and more reflective of either the will of the gods that created it, or the good that is possible in human nature.   Yet when the church itself is asked to change its customs or ideas, it rarely does so without conflict and struggle. How does our congregation encounter change, and what changes might be asked of us as the generations shift?  The choir will…

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Forum: “Chaos or Continuity? The United States in an Age of Disruption” with Burdett Loomis

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Donald Trump ran for president as a disruptive force; he built his candidacy and administration on years of partisan attacks on government.  Nevertheless, presidents are not kings, and our public and private institutions continue apace.  Is our disruption personal or profound?  Disastrous or distracting?  K.U. professor and political writer, Dr. Burdett Loomis, will offer thoughts and hope to encourage conversation.

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Service: “Spring Awakenings” with Jack Gaede

May 27 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it becomes essential to have open and honest discussions about consent, sexuality, and relationships. Every culture has specific (usually implicit) codes for dating, sex, and intimacy, and these codes are changing and adapting. Our lives also are an ever-evolving journey of awakenings, and we regularly emerge into new ways of being as do our partners, family, and friends. How do we realize and express these emerging desires in mature and healthy ways? Click…

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June 2018

Service: “Arise, All Souls 150th Anniversary Celebration” with 150th Anniversary Committee

June 3 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

As we approach the end of our 150th year, we also begin to see the outline of our building renovation project come into focus. Today we will hear stories from the past, visions for the future, a new hymn composed for this occasion, and a special greeting from UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick Gray. We will dedicate new features of our front patio and back garden, draw the winners of our quilt raffle, and share ice cream. The Choir will…

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Service: “To Learn the Future” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 10 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The class of 2018, at Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School and elsewhere around the country, has called attention to the power of youthful vision. How can people of all ages offer both support and guidance to those hoping to change the tragic inequities of the world they have inherited? We will celebrate the graduation of our All Souls seniors with the traditional Rainbow Arch, and the collection will help support the Coming of Age trip to Boston. Click here to…

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Service: “A New and Unsettling Force” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 17 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Half a century ago, Rev. Martin Luther King called for national accountability not only for racism in America, but for systemic poverty and foreign policy built on the premise of war. A century before that, word of their emancipation reached the enslaved peoples of Texas, more than two years after the proclamation freeing them was issued. What Dr. King called ‘the distorted moral narrative’ continues to shape our culture and our awareness, our news and our policies. We will reflect…

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