Green Sanctuary: The mission of the Green Sanctuary Committee is to educate and encourage action demonstrating our seventh principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.”
All Souls was designated a GREEN Sanctuary in 2008, having met specific requirements on recycling and energy efficiency. Currently the Green Sanctuary committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at All Souls, 5:30 p.m.
The Green Sanctuary committee is continuing to explore the possibility of having a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, program for the members of All Souls to purchase organic, locally grown produce.
Finally, the committee recently provided a state-of-the-art composter for use at All Souls and Simpson House, located in the far corner of the parking lot.
Interweave: is a membership organization affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. It is dedicated to the spiritual, political, and social well-being of Unitarian Universalists who are confronting oppression as lesbians, gay men, bisexual persons, transgender persons, and heterosexual allies. It celebrates the culture and lives of its members.
MORE2: All Souls UU was a founding member of the Metropolitan Organization for Racial Economic Equity in 2004. More2 is an interfaith, social justice organization that works on issues such as Transportation, Education, Economic Development/expanding minority hiring on construction projects, and overcoming the life-time Food Stamp ban in Missouri.
Our local congregation worked with More2 to hold a Racial Profiling Protest/Rally outside of Kansas City MO City Hall to ask for an end to the local police practices of profiling people of color.
More2 sponsored a Lobby Day in Jefferson City on February 28th to address these issues with our legislators and in Washington D.C. on March 4-6th.
Racial Justice Committee: All Souls Racial Justice Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. All who are interested in working on racial justice issues are welcome to attend. We are currently developing our projects for 2012 – come help us prioritize our efforts. In the recent past, we have worked on
- Afraid of the Dark reading circles with the Urban League;
- Tour of the Brown vs. Board of Education Museum in Topeka;
- Tour of the Quindaro Underground Railroad Museum and Cemetary with the Coming of Age Youth;
- Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Service;
- Supported the MLK Marade with our partner church, Bethel AME
Social Justice: Facilitates member hands-on involvement through useful contributions in our larger community such as preparing and serving dinner the third Sunday of each month at reStart homeless center.
Transylvania Partner Church:All Souls supports our Unitarian partners in Transylvania, Romania with a cultural exchange and a financial contribution since 1991. The Partner Church Committee takes the primary role in
implementing this partnership. We have supported our partner church in Transylvania with $1200 per year since 1991. 36 All Soulers have visited our friends in Nyaradgalfalva on 6 pilgrimages to the historic roots of Unitarianism and religious liberty. Roxanna Jones is the current chair of the committee and you can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about the Partner Church program or the planned trip to Transylvania at harvest time, 2013H.
UU Service Committee: Works with our national organization to promote justice globally.
UU United Nations Organization: The new Chair is Sister Pat Kenoyer, and Kathy Butterfield is the Vice Chair and Secretary. Other current members are Dick Dawson, Charlotte Haupt, Louann Stahl, John Allard (Youth Envoy), Manny & Sara Pedram, and Angela Allard. If you are interested in working on international human rights/water rights or other UN issues, please join us at our monthly meeting on the first Saturday of each month, at All Souls, in the Meeting Room, at 1:30.
The upcoming projects for this committee include hosting House Parties to discuss important work that is being done at the U.N., with the goal of building support for the annual convention of G.A.M.E., the Global And Multicultural Education organization, that holds its event in October each year.
In the recent past, the UU-UNO committee sponsored a Sunday Service that highlighted a Kansas City Youth trip to the U.N. To participate in the Commission on the Status of Women and Children. This month, the committee helped sponsor a Sunday Plus lunch to raise money for the group to travel to the U.N. Nine local high school students, leave on 02/25/2012 and will be making a presentation to the U.N. Commission about the Kansas City Roots for Refugee program.
If you have questions about how to get involved, please contact: Sister Pat Kenoyer, email@example.com. or just come to the next meeting! All are welcome.
Westport Cooperative Services: The WCS project at All Souls is undergoing some major changes, due to the fire on Dec. 29th, 2011, at Westport Presbyterian that destroyed the WCS office. They have relocated, but in the meantime, WCS did not miss a single delivery for the homebound through their Meals on Wheels program. The ongoing projects for WCS are the Senior Companion program and Meals on Wheels. Donations are greatly appreciated . Contact Charlotte Haupt, the All Souls Liaison to the WCS by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.