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February 2018

Forum: “Artistic Excellence Threatened by Death of Professional Criticism” with Paul Horsley

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The marketplace corrodes artistic performance--live theater, music, dance--into a marketable commodity. Media's role in holding it accountable for something more is in decline. Journalist and professor Paul Horsley is the performing arts editor for The Independent in Kansas City, and former music and dance critic for The Kansas City Star.

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Service: “Giving and Receiving” with Jack Gaede

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

In what ways do we give to the church? In what ways do we receive from the church? Giving and receiving are primary goals and ways of being in the context of church life. There are so many things that contribute to a strong church community: shared meals, listening, sharing, justice work, and volunteer service. How do we celebrate the social bonding that takes place when we interact together in a covenantal relationship of giving and receiving? Click here to watch streaming video on…

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Forum: “Policy Themes of the New Tax Law” with Nick Bjornson

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The new federal tax law makes huge changes.  It will affect income inequality, health care, affordable housing, education and social safety net services.  University of Kansas law student Nick Bjornson will discuss the new law and its consequences.  

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Service: “The Heritage of Trauma” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

Our physical and emotional coping mechanisms enable human beings to survive an incredible variety of traumatic experiences, from wars and natural disasters to intimate violence and cultural racism. Yet those mechanisms are not always well understood, or appreciated, and those who do survive devastating events don’t always receive the most helpful care or responses from others. From PTSD veterans to sex trafficked women to abused children, how can knowing more about trauma make us a more caring and compassionate society? We will welcome…

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March 2018

Forum: “90th Academy Awards” with Robert Butler

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Movie critic Bob Butler will be returning for his annual Oscar Forum presentation. He will be giving us his predictions for the most unpredictable Oscar season in years. He will also be canvassing the audience for their favorite choices and best guesses.

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Service: “To Weigh a Life” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

March 4 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The poet Edgar Lee Masters and the playwright Thornton Wilder invite us to imagine what ordinary lives might look like to the people who lived them after they are dead.  The writing of these two authors creates an opportunity for us to examine our own narratives as they continue to unfold.  What might the story of your life look like, if you could reflect on it after it is done?  We will share joys and concerns, and the offering will…

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Forum: “Undocumented Lives” with Alex Martinez, Ramon Valdez & Diana Martinez

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Diana Martinez, current dreamer and community organizer; Alex Martinez, co-founder of Kansas-Missouri Dream Alliance; and Ramon Valdez, organizer with Innovative Law Lab—talk about getting to and being in the United States.

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Service: “Learning to Swim in Discomfort” with Jack Gaede & Rhonda Brown

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

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates says that the beginning of education is often our discomfort and the ways in which we confront our own innocence and our own rationalizations. In this context, I wonder how we react to discomfort when we experience it. Why is it that so many of us run from discomfort, and what might we gain from learning to get more comfortable with discomfort?

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Forum: “War as the Default Setting: Personal Cost of U.S. Wars” with Robert F. Sommer, PhD

March 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Robert F. Sommer is author of Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home.  Through his own tragic experience with the cost of the wars in Iran and Afghanistan, Bob exposes the disconnect between the world of war and the universe of no-war in a nation that often seems preoccupied only with amusing itself.  

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Service: “To Be Shaped” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

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

Unitarian Universalists often wonder if there is any real meaning to the concept of ‘worship’ in our creedless tradition. This is a question that has intrigued me since I was a child growing up in a UU community. For some folks, the word is indelibly connected with boredom and oppression, badly done, worship can be all of that. But as the season turns from winter to spring, let’s take another look. The choir will sing, and the offering will support…

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