All Souls Kansas City

June 2021, Newsletter, The Flame

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Forum & Sunday Services |   From the Minister  |   Religious Education

Things To Do | Get Involved | Attendance

 Adult Education

Virtual Forum &

Sunday Services…

Sunday Service | June 6, 2021 – 11:15 AM – “Born Upon the Fathoms” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons & Rev. Judith Cady

June 6 @ 11:15 PM – 12:15 PM CDT

The Brennan family will gather in Bragg Auditorium to celebrate Zach’s graduation, and we will virtually welcome baby Georgia Griggs with her quilt presentation.  What does it mean to grow up UU in the 21st century, and how do we send our children out into the world with our best love and blessings, especially in such uncertain times?

Sunday Service | June 13, 2021 – 11:15 AM – “Unquiet Streams” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 13 @ 11:15 PM – 12:15 PM CDT

As we look ahead to the next chapter of church life in general, and Unitarian Universalism in particular, we also recognize the 60th anniversary of the consolidation of the Universalist Church of America with the American Unitarian Association in 1961.  This joining created the UUA of today and brought together two traditions that had long celebrated the freedom of personal conscience, and the evolution of religious community.  How do those values continue to inform our institutions, and shape our future?

Sunday Service | June 20, 2021 – 11:15 AM – “You’ve Changed” with Rev. Duncan Teague

June 20 @ 11:15 PM – 12:15 PM CDT

We have survived the US’s Covid-19 worst days, some of us, in time to be vaccinated. If only a hypodermic needle or two could solve it all!  The months of coping with the pandemic have changed not only our individual and family lives but possibly, some cultural and societal norms.  We will attempt with medications to return to our former lives, but what if too much has changed?  Rev. Teague is a longtime lover of American standards, jazz, and blues…

June Sunday Plus

June 20 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

Pesto Chicken Penne with Alfredo

An amazing blend of flavors, this dish was the hit of the pandemic home cooking. Add artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach to the mix and this can’t be beat.

A fresh spring pea salad and dessert of either brownie or lemon cake make this a meal not to be missed. This meal is being prepared by the women of Demeters.

Please support this important group with your orders.

Deadline for June lunch is June 14th, 7 PM. 

Pick-up and delivery will be Sunday, June 20th, between 2 PM – 3 PM.


Sunday Service | June 27, 2021 – 11:00 AM – “National gathering Service” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 27 @ 11:00 PM – 12:15 PM CDT

Join thousands of UU congregations and members from across the country for our shared General Assembly worship service.  We will start a few minutes earlier than our normal 11:15 time frame — tune in at 11:00 to catch the whole program, including fabulous music and inspirational messages from leaders at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis.  These folks have been at the heart of the resistance since the murder of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin, following the call…

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From the Minister. . .

If you have ever wondered about what Unitarian Universalism looks like beyond All Souls — if you think it would be cool to hear our own hymns sung by 3,000 voices, or learn about new technologies, new educational programs, or new justice initiatives from our national headquarters, or celebrate newly founded congregations across the country, or honor retired ministers, or hear what advice Stacey Abrams would like to give to UUs — this year is a great opportunity!  From the comfort of your own computer, you too can be a delegate to the UU Association General Assembly in 2021.

True, you won’t be able to eat in restaurants packed with other UU delegates, or bump into old friends in the hallways, or buy cool chalice merchandise at the display floor, but you *will* be able to witness the historic debate about adding an eighth principle to our national bylaws, committing our associations to becoming anti-racist institutions.  You will be able to hear reports about how our congregations have survived the pandemic, and creative ways in which some of them have responded to its challenges.  You will be able to help decide which initiatives our denomination should invest in so that our faith can have a positive impact on the coming decades.

While we have missed being together in community on a local level over the past year, our larger Association has continued to bear witness to our values in the public square, and to offer stability and support to our UU congregations all over the country.  At our All Souls service on June 13, we will hear more about the 8th Principle Project, and how our Association of congregations is working to identify our communities as part of the struggle for systemic justice and against cultural privilege.  This is the kind of initiative that individual congregations alone cannot accomplish; we need to speak with a larger voice, and work together to create change and new understandings.

The 2021 GA won’t be an adventure in travel, but it will be an adventure of the spirit.  If you are able, try being part of it — you might discover a whole new dimension of connection to faith community!

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Religious Education…

All Souls Youth, Pre & Elementary Classes

Fun for our Children and Youth

on June 27

Bring your children and youth and have some outdoor bouncy fun at All Souls on Sunday, June 27. We have scheduled an outdoor ice cream social from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at All Souls. We have scheduled two open-air bounce houses from 1:00 – 5:00 PM on June 27. There will be a Fun Farm Bounce House for the younger children and a Ninja 5 in 1 Combo Bounce House for the older children and teens. Masks will be provided for the children/youth. We will limit the number of children/youth in the houses at one time for social distancing. There will be adult supervision for the houses at all times. Bring your entire family for a wonderful time with our All Souls community!

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Things to do…

Virtual All Souls Movie Group Meets on June 2, at 7:00 PM

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June is graduation month and the movie group theme for the month include some classic Coming of Age stories.

Dead Poets Society 128 minutes 1980
A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams.
Peter Weir directed
Oscar for Screenplay
Nominated for Oscar for best picture, actor and director

Marie Antionette  122 minutes. 2006
Sofia Coppola directed this electrifying yet intimate re-telling of the turbulent life from teenage bride to a young woman and eventual queen of France.
Oscar for costume design

Spider-man, Into the Spider-verse 117 minutes. 2019
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
Oscar winner for best animated feature film

Stand By Me 89 minutes. 1986 
After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to find the body.  Just a lark at first, the boys’ adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.
Oscar nominated for screenplay adapted from other material

Tree of Life 139 minutes, 2014
Oscar nominated for Best Picture, director, cinematography
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings. Jack has a contentious relationship with his father (Brad Pitt), but gets along well with his beautiful mother (Jessica Chastain). As an adult, Jack (Sean Penn) struggles with his past and tries to make sense of his childhood, while also grappling with bigger existential issues.

NeedleHearts Meets every Thursday in June

NeedleHearts will meet every Thursday in June from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Come for just conversation or conversation and stitching. Bring your 7×9 inch blocks for new afghans or bring other projects for our collection of stitching to donate. This is a safe place to reconnect with friends after more than a year of separation. If you are doing your spring cleaning, donations of yarn would be appreciated.

Contact Sue Coy or Sharon Cassity if you have any questions.

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Get Involved…

Good News from Endowment….

It seems windfalls are often a mixed blessing, and our latest one is no exception.  Marvin Goodman, who attended All Souls for many years and had a rich, full life, recently passed away and left the church over $52K!  So, while we are happy to have the gift, we are sad to lose a friend and a good human.  I got to know Marvin when he was involved in Small Group Ministry about fifteen years ago.  I found him to be graceful, kind, charming, interesting, and funny.  Marvin seemed to always have a twinkle in his eye – and he was quite a dancer.  Here is the link to his obituary if you would like to read more about this remarkable man.  Thank you, Marvin, and may you rest in peace.  In accordance with our church policy regarding large bequests, the first $5K of Marvin’s bequest goes to All Souls, and the remaining amount to the Endowment Fund.    

Submitted by Becky O’Connor, Endowment Committee Chair

Want to carpool to 10th Memorial Day rally for a nuke-free world?

Nuclear weapon resisters “die-in” under the eye of KC MO police on Memorial Day 2017. The die-in is on public property, a statement of the lethal consequences of making parts for nuclear weapons.–Photo by Jim Hannah


Started at All Souls in 1982, is holding its 10th annual Memorial Day witness for peace, for a nuclear-weapon-free world, on Monday, May 31. Highlights: 10:30 am walk one mile from Prospect Ave. & Mo. Hwy. 150 to the entry road for the National Security Campus, where parts are made for nuclear weapons. True fact. 11:30 am rally, including talks, a die-in, and two persons crossing the property line and risking arrest–myself and Jim Hannah of Independence; chairs will be available. We’ll wear masks and mind our distance from others. (We may go out to eat in a parking lot of a restaurant afterwards.) Who would like to attend?

Who wants to carpool? Please contact me to request a ride, to offer to drive others, or just to say you want to attend. Henry Stoever,

Dear Mark, Carol,

Fletcher, and Cheryl,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your leadership this past year in getting food into the hands of those who needed it. I know you’re aware of some of the impact you’ve had in leading our congregation – in supporting the work of Free Hot Soup KC you’ve been able to witness it’s effects first-hand – while at the same time you’ve provided a way for so many of us to stay connected with our beloved community. Your crew of heavy lifters who have consistently shown up to pack and serve, the unseen heroes who have quietly provided the financial support to fill in holes, and those of us who have simply been able to drop off supplies from time to time have all been able to feed our own souls because of your leadership. What is perhaps less visible to you is the impact your extra support has had to a handful of families outside of Free Hot Soup.

One of these families has had seven or more people living under their roof this past year. Their primary income was lost near the start of the shut down and has yet to come back. The mother (of 4) has been working two jobs trying to keep things afloat. The food we’ve been able to access for them has made a substantial difference in their quality of life and for a few months (which I didn’t learn about until almost after the fact) our support plus that of a program in Gladstone was their food. But for most of the time we’ve been the buffer that has allowed their kids to feel secure. I’ve been able to experience some fun highlights from this support.

One time, I grabbed a bottle of salad dressing for them from the church “pantry” and received a text saying the kids were jumping up and down with joy. It had been months since they’d had any. The week of the Super Bowl, Mark handed me some little smokies to pass along to them. The thrill of this took me by surprise. I knew they watched every Chief’s game together but I didn’t know that every year little smokies had been the star of their Super Bowl! They were ecstatic that this year would be no different! One cold, dark January night, I got a text saying that a can of Pringles had become the most prized possession of the household and the kids had played games to fight over it all evening. Another time their teenage girl was brought to tears over a Starbucks cake pop. She had had one as a birthday gift the year before and was missing her friends. Having a teen birthday during the Pandemic has been as hard as you would imagine. This past week their oldest boy turned 16 and he had asked his mom for a slow cooked corned beef. Guess what was in their box from church? Enough roast for the entire family!

I know we all wish this work wasn’t necessary and it’s hard to take joy in the necessity of having to work so hard to help keep the people living on our streets from starving or freezing to death. But you do. I appreciate that even with that work you’ve found the energy to support these families as well.

I honestly think that we need to take moments to share these stories so that we can get up again tomorrow and make yet another pot of soup, or stop at CVS and lug more donated box Twizzlers into Conover, or load the tables, once again, to take to the park, or drive to one more house with a gallon of milk. I share this with you in the spirit of one of my favorite hymns, “ours is no caravan of despair…”

Thank you, Lynisa

Call for Amigos Old and New!

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Carver Dual Language School needs volunteers for the following:

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade Field Day on June 4th. This event is located at Carver from 9:30 – 12:30. Volunteers will be helping to run stations that students will rotate through….outside and masked.

3rd-6th Grade Track Meet on June 8th. This event is located at East High School from 9:30-3:30. Volunteers will help run events like high jump and softball throw, time race finish line, monitor students in the stands.

To learn more or volunteer for either or both, contact Carol Cowles at

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Caring Connection

Do you know an All Souls member or friend who could use some extra attention and support — someone who’s had surgery, is ill, or is coping with another challenge? If so, alert Bonnie Schwarzenholz, chair of the
Caring Connection.

Do you need or know of an All Souls member or friend who could benefit from a supportive Caring Circle? If so, call Dori Bader, Caring Connection volunteer, for information on Caring Circles and how to initiate one.

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Virtual Attendance Figures for

April 2021

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Adult Education…

Jan. 27th – June 9th | How Christianity Took Over

January 27 @ 7:30 PM – June 9 @ 8:30 PM UTC+0

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If Wednesday afternoons are a good time for some stimulating thought and connections at All Souls for you, consider joining our ongoing history of scripture Adult Religious Education series.

We have looked at the origins of both Jewish and Christian literature, and this season we will begin to consider the growth of the Biblical tradition in How Christianity Took Over, starting as a cult in the Roman Empire, and eventually dominating Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire. It’s an amazing story, full of colorful characters and amazing tales.

Click onto the Zoom Room from the All Souls website for check in at 1:00, and class discussion at 1:30.

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