“Why so few Americans Read Poetry who Aren’t Assigned to” with William Trowbridge
Why is the American audience for poetry so small and what’s being done – and might be further done – to change this? William Trowbridge is finishing his term as Missouri Poet Laureate. He also will be reading some poems from his new book, Put This On Please: New and Selected Poems.
“Be It Resolved” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
We like to think of All Souls Church as a beacon for social justice. What are the issues that the UU denomination will be considering at its upcoming General Assembly in June, and how do they reflect the struggles that are shaping our world today?
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“Seeing in the Sacred Manner” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Only rarely do the celebrations of Earth Day and Easter intersect, but it makes perfect sense when they do. Easter, as its name suggests, is at its heart a pagan holiday, and our modern urban cultures need all the help they can get to stay connected to the planet that makes our lives possible. Children will participate in the annual Easter egg hunt, and the choir will sing.
“A Look at KC School Reform from Inside” with Katie Boody
Katie Boody will speak of her experience as a fourth generation Kansas Citian, a charter corps member for Teach for America in Kansas City, a founding teacher of Alta Vista Charter Middle School, and a founder of an Education Startup based in KCMO.
“In the Garden” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
Palm Sunday, with its vivid portrayal of the pitfalls of celebrity, is a more UU sympathetic observance than we often recognize. A visiting flute, and a lovely sunrise story for the children, set the tone for this contemplative consideration of what Jesus might represent in the modern imagination. The children will receive their annual gift of a living plant, and a special collection to support GreenWorks KC will be offered.
“Computational Thinking or Mindful Computing?” with Bill Mullins
Digital technology devices seem to appear much faster than we can evaluate their utility. Their capabilities often far exceed the needs or wants of users. Is this extravagance a hazard? Bill Mullins, Independent Community Organizer, reflects on his experience with some KCPS Charter School 3rd Graders during a recent introduction to the “practice of computer coding.”
“The Solution to Dollarocracy Is Democracy” with Robert W. McChesney
McChesney, Gutgsell Endowed Professor, Dept. of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, will be speaking about his recent books, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America, coauthored with John Nichols, and Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. Further discussion & book-signing following at Simpson House.
“The Good Samaritan” with Rev. Bob Francis
By using the New Testament passage from Luke 10: 25-37, Bob will show the difference between belief and action.