“From Kansas City KS to Tanzania” with Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal
Our speaker will share her journey from growing up in KCKS and membership in the KC Black Panther Party to a life as a community activist, musician, poet, and artist in Tanzania. She and her husband Pete run UAACC, the United African Alliance Community Center. (Historical note: Pete O’Neal, then leader of the KC Black Panther Party, spoke May 25, 1969 at the All Souls Forum on Why Revolution?)
“‘Tis the Gift Best of All” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
To be simple, to be gentle, to be loving; these are gifts that we have the opportunity to give each other, and also to receive, in community. How do we make it happen? Some thoughts about our commitment to respectful communication practices. The choir will sing.
“Embodying Humanism” with Rev. Jim Parrish
The origins of Humanism had a heady start, an intellectual exercise that sometimes struggles to find its spirit. In UU Theologian Anthony Pinn’s work “The End of God Talk” he explores African American Humanism, where the embodiment of becoming human gives rise to the Humanism of Frederick Douglas and others. Let’s explore Humanism as an embodying religious “theology.” Rev. Jim Parrish is currently serving as the Interim Minister of our neighbor congregation, the UU Fellowship of Topeka.
“School Board Candidates’ Forum” with KCMO School Board Candidates
On April 8 the Kansas City School District voters will elect new Board members. Should the State take over the District? Is the Superintendent’s claimed come-back genuine? Hear what each candidate has to say, and then ask them your questions.
“Mere Words and Symbolic Gestures: Pope Francis and the New Catholic Message” with Mary O’Halloran
Mary O’Halloran, media consultant and panelist on KCPT’s “Ruckus,” is our presenter. Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope in March, 2013. What has happened during his first year? How is he seeking to change the Catholic Church? Is the Church ready for a break with tradition or reform of the Vatican’s governance and public policies?
“Eternal Flame” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Our generous member Jack Jonathan purchased a second sermon at last year’s Talent Auction, and has asked for a reflection on the historical origins of religious prejudice, especially anti-semitism in the Christian tradition. As religious liberals have rediscovered over the generations, theological innovation is always a tough sell. Must we really, as Voltaire advised, strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest? The choir will sing.
“Above Average” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
UUs often ponder why we don’t have more economic and class diversity in our congregations. Might it be that our insistence on human agency and reason does not speak engagingly to those who fare less well in life’s various lotteries? We will share joys and concerns as part of this service.
“Why We Need Alternative/Community Radio” with Bill Clause
Bill Clause, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at KKFI 90.l FM Community Radio, will discuss how KKFI fits into the space between internet information anarchy and the corporate media giants.
“Our Saving Role” with Bruce Knotts
Bruce Knotts, director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, will lead us to consider the meaning of salvation, and the role UUs have in saving the world from injustice. We’ll consider the evolution of our understanding of human rights.