All Souls Kansas City

April 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…

UU Forum | April 4, 2021: “On the Frontline of Kansas City’s Black Lives Matter Uprising” with Stacy Shaw

April 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT

Lawyer Stacy Shaw rose as a leader of Kansas City’s racial uprising after the killing of George Floyd that rallied thousands, black & white, to a renewed call to action.  Shaw looks at what was accomplished, where we’ve fallen short, and what needs to happen now.  

Sunday Service | April 4, 2021: “Good Thing Out of Nazareth” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

April 4 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm CDT

When Jesus was executed by Roman authorities, the discussions of exactly who he was, and what it meant to be loyal to him, only intensified among his followers.  The pictures most familiar to us today may not be the best representations of his beliefs, or his life.  What value might there be for Humanists and free thinkers to take another look, while we celebrate the age-old resurrection story of spring? Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at…

UU Forum | April 11, 2021: “The Paris Climate Agreement” with Bryce Reeder

April 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT

Bryce Reeder, Assistant Political Science professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will be speaking at the All Souls U.U. Forum about the macro-elements of the Paris Climate Agreement, which was recently signed by President Biden.  Dr. Reeder will focus on issues such as how the agreement was designed, what it looks like in the context of international law, and how the structure of the agreement will shape behavior.  He will also discuss whether the goals in the agreement are achievable. (Follow-up with micro-elements of the agreement will…

Sunday Service | April 11, 2021: “How to Politely Talk About Politics And Religion” with Pulpit Guest: Rev. Shawna Foster

April 11 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm CDT

Now, more than ever, the option to keep things civil by foregoing talk about politics and religion is not something we can choose. It hasn’t been an option for many people who rely on a functional government and a pluralistic society. How can we have these crucial conversations, especially as it is clear how racism shapes both politics and religion? Join Rev. Shawna Foster, former intern minister at All Souls and National Faith Engagement Director of the Pete Buttigieg campaign…

Virtual Sunday Plus Lunch | April 11, 2021

April 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CDT

In April, Grill Master Bill Raney is cooking again. He will be preparing some fabulous smoked chicken. His grill can accommodate a certain amount of birds, so order early. Dinners for 2 will get half a chicken along with Au Gratin potatoes, salad and a dessert of brownies, cookies, or Rice Krispy treats.

We will also have chicken tenders and drumsticks for those who prefer or don’t get their order in early. Single meal orders will receive the tenders or drumsticks.

For the vegetarian we have a Farro Skillet with zucchini, corn, peppers and beans.

Pick up at 2:00 P.M.

To order: April Sunday Plus order form

UU Forum | April 18, 2021: “The Institute for Local Self Reliance” with Brenda Platt & Neil Seldman

April 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT

Brenda Platt and Neil Seldman will speak about finding end-uses for materials separated from the waste stream, and the urgency of developing these business opportunities as China is refusing to continue taking portions of the waste stream like plastics.  As these outlets for these materials disappear, we may be forced to send them to landfills.

Sunday Service | April 18, 2021: “A House of Welcome” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

April 18 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm CDT

We are all hoping that we are in the fourth quarter of our pandemic separation, although it’s not quite over yet.  But it is worth asking, when we do come back together, what are our hopes for the kind of community we will be seeking, and offering?  How do we keep our connections strong, both before and after we are back in person?  Our special collection will support the AIDS Services Foundation. Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday…

UU Forum | April 25, 2021: “The 2020 Oscars” with Brian Mossman

April 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT

One of the traditions for the All Souls’ Forum has been having a movie themed Forum on the day of the Academy Awards ceremony.  In the last year we have missed seeing movies in theaters and many of us have filed our hours at home by streaming movies and other content. One of the favorite venues we have missed is the Fine Arts Theater Group owned by Brian and Ben Mossman. Their theaters, the Glenwood and the Rio, were the…

Sunday Service | April 25, 2021: “This Land is Whose Land? Earth Day 2021″ with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

April 25 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm CDT

The famous naturalist John Muir was one of the prominent founders of the Sierra Club, and an early environmental activist and hero.  Yet his attitude toward black people, women, and especially Native Americans, is troubling from today’s perspectives.  How do the issues of white supremacy, climate change, and the oil economy invite us to respond on this Earth Day celebration?   Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and…

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From the Minister. . .

All Souls members are missing each other!  The opportunity to be together in person that we took for granted before the COVID 19 pandemic seems like such a delicious privilege after a year of isolation.  We are starting to have a significant percentage of our congregation having received vaccinations, and completed the two week waiting period; these folks feel immunized, and want to gather.

As frustrating as it is, we need to recognize that not everyone has equal access to the opportunity to be vaccinated, and that the virus continues to throw off potentially dangerous variants.  As an official body, we are not ready to re-open church meetings or in person public worship; there would be too much risk for harm to people we care about.  The hope at this moment is that we will be able to offer some informal outdoor activities for the whole congregation this summer, and plan to start multi-platform worship, including but not limited to in-person worship in the building at *some* point after Labor Day.  These are not commitments, only hopes, and we will continue to be guided by the reason and science to which our Principles and Sources refer us.  To the best of our knowledge, so far no one has contracted the corona virus at All Souls, and none of our members has died of this disease.  Let’s maintain that record by being careful for a little while longer.

In the meantime, we still want to stay connected.  Look for a mailing in the next weeks that contains a stamped postcard, pre-addressed to another All Souls member.  At our on line Sunday service on April 18, we will be invited to write a brief note on that postcard, and put it in the mail the next day.  It may turn out to be addressed to someone you have never met, or it may be someone you have known for years.  Either way, your message will brighten somebody’s day, and remind them that this community is still here for all of us.  If you can join us on the 18th, hang on to your postcard until then, and we will do it together.  If you can’t, do still send a caring note that day, or as soon as you are able.

We continue to be shocked and grieved by new outbreaks of toxic entitlement in the form of gun violence, which has taken the lives of 18 innocent people in Atlanta and Boulder in the past 10 days.  These kinds of events are a national outrage, and repeatedly illustrate the necessity to protect ourselves and our neighbors from weapons of mass killing in the hands of irresponsible people.  

Meanwhile, locally, thoughtful and courageous young students of color worked hard together on a video project for Black History Month at Van Horn High School in Independence.  The result, “The Unfiltered Reality of Black America Through the Eyes of Us” was edited a number of times to respond to input from the school administration.  Even so, the day before it was to be shared at a school assembly, the showing was abruptly cancelled, because ‘its content would make some staff and students uncomfortable,’ according to school authorities.  You can view the video for yourself here: 

And you can read more about the students’ disappointment, and the process of making the video, here:

I hope that our members will choose to view the video, and sign the petition to support the young people in the Black Student Union, as part of our work to dismantle privilege and advocate racial justice.  This is an opportunity to lift up the struggles of young people of color in our own community, who are seeking to create change and build a better world for all of us.  Let’s have their backs!

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Religious Education…

All Souls Youth, Pre & Elementary Classes

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Things to do…

Contact Diane or Sharon Cassity for more information.

Have you ever wanted to visit Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2021 is for you! 4 Alaska UU congregations invite you to experience our unique environmental and spiritual tour program this summer, when it will be safe to travel again. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and awe-inspiring tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, sea lions, etc.  Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. WhaleCoast Alaska is an inspirational way to visit our beautiful state.

Complete info at:

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss!

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Get Involved…

Congregational Notice

for Annual Meeting 5/16/2021

Remember back in May 2020, when we had our first-ever virtual Annual Meeting? It seems so long ago, doesn’t it, back when everyone was just getting the hang of doing things virtually and wondering how long all this was going to last? Well, that time of year has come around again and most of us have gotten a lot more comfortable with Zoom rooms for meetings and presentations and YouTube Live. Unfortunately, it’s still not feasible to meet in person yet – though we’ll hopefully be able to start seeing each other at some events this summer before having services in person this fall!

 Therefore, the Board is calling for our Annual Meeting to be held on May 16th, 2021 at 1pm, using the church’s Zoom room, to undertake the annual business of the church. Voting members (those congregation members who have made a financial contribution of record in the last 2 years) will approve the minutes of last year’s meeting, vote on the proposed budget for the 2021 – 2022 church year, and vote for elected leadership positions, such as members of the Board, and Audit, Endowment, and Nominating Committees. If you aren’t sure if you qualify as a voting member, please contact the church office for help.  As we get closer to the Annual Meeting, an email will go out to qualified voting members with instructions for voting via electronic ballot, just like last year.   Your current Nominating Committee has submitted the following list of candidates for those positions: 

For Board:

  • Alex Westerfelt for Treasurer (1 yr).
  • Richard Thompson for Assistant Treasurer (1 yr).
  • Bonnie Postlethwaite for Secretary (1 yr).  
  • Andrea Jonson (3 yr, 2nd term).
  • David Robinson (3 yr).
  • Cheryl Westra  (3 yr, 2nd term).    

For Nominating Committee:

  • Dave Black (2 yr, 2nd term)
  • Marilyn Carpenter (2 yr)
  • Anita Malott (2 yr)

For Audit Committee:

  • Ruth Robarge (3yr)

For Endowment Committee:

  • Jamie Koelsch (3 yr, 2nd term)

We’ll also recognize Board members whose terms are ending and congregation members for annual awards, such as Outstanding Group Effort, Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Care. 

 If you are the chair or head of a committee, team or group, look for further communication from a Board member about submitting your annual report for the 2020 – 2021 year. We ask that all annual reports are submitted by April 30th in order to be included in the materials available for the congregation. 

Scott C. England, member, Board of Trustees

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

February 2021

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Adult Education…

25 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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