Vision Task Force Presents Vision Initiatives

The Vision Report Initiatives, created from the small group visioning sessions held earlier this year, was enthusiastically accepted by the Board.  On December 14, 2014 the Task Force and Board Members will be in the lobby before and after the service to answer questions and hear comments regarding the Vision Report Initiatives.  It will be invaluable in the planning and execution of future undertakings as we strive to live our mission to Build – Inspire – Create. Please review the Report, available in the Communications Center or by downloading the following link. Then come December 14th, and when you see Jane Wilson (Co-Chair), Amy Robertson (Co-Chair), Diane Cassity, Angela Allard, Anthony Edwards and Ginger Powers thank them for a job well done and share your questions and comments.   Download report: Vision Initiatives

UU Forum, December 7, 10:00 am

“Why Charles Dickens Wrote A Christmas Carol” with  Andrea Warren

Dickens wrote highly entertaining novels that deeply influenced Victorian society. Andrea Warren, author of the best-seller Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London, will discuss this complex man, his motives, and his beloved ghost story. Books will be available for sale.

Service, December 7, 11:15 am

“To Your Health” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
When the English Puritans tried to shut down the celebration of Christmas, it was rowdy holiday, celebrating what an agricultural community owed to the earth, and what people owed to each other in economic equity.  By turning it into a sentimental, family-centered holiday, the Victorians diminished its social justice dimension, and some of its earth connection.  Let’s reconsider, shall we?

Service, November 30, 11:15 am

“From You I Receive, to You I Give” with Barbara Griggs and Jane Gilbreath

The simplest and quietest of sacraments is to pass from one person to another a bite of bread, an answering yes. In mainline churches, this is called Communion. There is no mystery in the sharing of bread, as our UU hymn says “From you I receive, to you I give.” Join Barbara and Jane as we continue the All Souls after-Thanksgiving tradition of breaking bread together in community.

UU Forum, November 30, 10:00 am

“How To Not Be Ferguson”  with Major Anthony Ell, KCPD

How does our city’s police department approach the challenges that led to such disastrous results in Ferguson this summer?  What can we as citizens do to support law enforcement and hold it accountable? What do our children need to know?  Major Ell is an engaging representative of the KC Police Department, who will also address our teens following this Forum.

Service, November 23, 11:15 am

“Covenant, Gratitude, and Reverence” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
As we approach the historical secular holiday of Thanksgiving, we consider the legends & uncomfortable truths about how this nation took form.  What does it mean to be part of the covenant, or not?  We will welcome new members to All Souls, new Chalice Lighters among our youth, and the choir will sing.

UU Forum, November 23, 10:00 am

“Expose and Close – Outrage in Artesia” with Panel

The Obama Administration is holding about 700 Central American women & children in a small desert town in New Mexico under poor conditions and without due process. Volunteers who traveled to Artesia to provide legal services will update us on progress in getting the families released and the facility closed.

Blues, BBQ, Brews

Coming in Early December!
Saturday, December 6, 6-9 pm
Entertainment: Danny Cox
Tickets: $20 each; children free
Chefs: Bill Raney, Mark Gibbons and Mike Jones
Fundraiser for All Souls
Contact: Mike Jones

Service, November 16, 11:15 am

“Nothing will Halt the March of Truth”  with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Nov. 15 is the traditional date for the death of Francis David, one of the founders of Unitarianism.  His preaching lifted up the idea of god’s unity, and the importance of freedom and reason in religion.  He died in prison in Transylvania for the crime of ‘religious innovation.’  Today we will celebrate the memory of our European ancestors, and our continuing commitment to the principles they advocated.  A special collection in support of our Partner Church in Nyaradgalfalva will be received.

UU Forum, November 16, 10:00 am

“Kansas City Mental Health Initiatives” with Theresa Reyes-Cummings & Jennifer Wilding
Theresa is Dir. of Program Development, Jackson Co. Community Mental Health Fund and a specialist in training for Mental Health First Aid.  Jennifer is the organizer of KC’s Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health.  They will cover KC area mental health initiatives and pressing issues, including social perceptions of increased violence, availability of care and Medicaid expansion.