“The Border Children – Why Do They Come?” with Judy Ancel
Judy Ancel is President of The Cross Border Network which has been doing human rights work in Honduras since the 2009 coup. She’ll talk about the children on our doorstep and why this is blow-back from decades of disastrous U.S. policy.
“Global Marketplace: UN Sunday” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Despite current headlines, it is not impossible that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the era of the nation-state as the locus of international power. For good or ill, it is important to begin to imagine a world in which international corporations are the entities that make the decisions that affect us most. The United Nations Global Compact invites businesses to commit to a set of core ethical values.
“Some Surprising U.S. Presidents” with Max Skidmore
Conventional impressions of presidential history–Lincoln was superb, Pierce was disastrous–hold up to scrutiny. Others, not so well. Were Presidents of the Gilded Age subjugated by Congress? Did Reagan end the Cold War? Was “Obamacare” rammed through without Congress reading it? Some surprising answers. Dr. Skidmore, UMKC Professor of Political Science, Fulbright Scholar & Lecturer, relishes questions.
“Where to Find Confidence” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
In June, at the Question Box sermon, I promised to follow up on two provocative questions. This is the second of those questions: where can UUs look for the kind of confidence that more conventional believers enjoy? On the one hand, there are certain types of confidence, like personal immortality, that liberal religion per se may never be able to offer. On the other hand, there is something trust-worthy about a faith that, in Emerson’s words, “receives new truth as an angel from heaven.” The choir will sing.
“The Brownback Referendum” with Burdett Loomis, PhD
This November election in Kansas is the most important in the past half-century or more. Dr. Loomis is Professor of Political Science at KU and will give us some late-campaign analysis.
“What to Do about Guilt” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
In June, at the Question Box sermon, I promised to follow up on two provocative questions. This is the first of those questions: what can UUs do about guilt? I submit that there are several types of guilt, which call for several different responses. Let’s sort it out. I will bring greetings from our Partner Church in Galfalva, and we will share flowers of caring and celebration.
“Media, Capitalism and the Environment” with David Barsamian
Threats to the planet are growing in spite of legislation like the Clean Water Act and an agency named for Environmental Protection. As global warming accelerates and carbon-fueled capitalism shows itself incapable of making necessary changes to protect the planet, we need to think about a different economic system. David Barsamian is the founder of Alternative Radio, a progressive, international public affairs program.
“Violence Seen as an Infectious Disease” with Rex Archer N.D, MP H Director of the Department of Health, Kansas City, Mo.
Should violence be viewed as a contagious disease? This is the contention of some experts in the field. Dr. Rex Archer will discuss how violence is spread from one person to another, how violence fits the basic infectious disease framework and how our understanding of this is leading to better strategic for reducing violence in Kansas City.
“Something Wicked This Way Comes? Spiders, Shadows, and Engaging our Theological Diversity” with Jordinn Nelson Long
As we move into the Halloween season, our intern, Jordinn Nelson Long, invites us to consider what spooks us. From spiders to things that go bump in the night, humans are wired to pay attention to what might harm us. Does that same wiring affect our responses to theological diversity? And do our first reactions matter?