All Souls Kansas City

January 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 | January 3: “Power of Mentoring to Exponentially Expand Multicultural Education in these Pandemic Times” with Diuguid & Tate-Beaver

January 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver, citizen activists and journalists, continue to be creatively and productively involved in making others’ lives more meaningful. They will discuss the broad reach between mentoring and multicultural education. Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives.

Sunday Service | January 3: “Rising” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 3, 2021 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

This new year begins with eager expectations — a change of federal administration, and a corona virus vaccine being distributed. Are we setting ourselves up for unrealistic expectations, and inevitable disappointment? Can we welcome good news and hopeful possibilities without cynicism? What is our role as citizens and people of faith for 2021? Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives.

UU Forum | January 10: “Joint All Souls Forum & All Souls Service” with Rev. Rose Schwab

January 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Rose Schwab, a.k.a., “Reverend Rose,” minister for the Shawnee-Mission Unitarian-Universalist Church in Lenexa, Ks., brings a passion for environmental and social justice to this All Souls joint Forum and Service. Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives.

Sunday Service | January 10: “Bending the Arc” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 10, 2021 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Marilyn Carpenter, winning bidder at the 2019 sermon auction, asks: I would love to hear what you have to say about Dr. Martin Luther King’s paraphrase of the Unitarian preacher’s quote, “ The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.” If it bends toward justice, what makes it bend? At first I believed all the recent protests and demonstrations would make a difference, but lately I feel that it’s losing steam. Click here to watch…

UU Forum | January 17 – Poor People’s Campaign with Rev. Rodney Williams

January 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Reverend Rodney Williams is Co-chair of the Metropolitan Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2) and pastor of the Swope Parkway United Christian Church. MORE2, of which All Souls is a part, “organizes people to create racial and social justice by effectively participating in social, environmental and economic decisions.” Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives.

Sunday Service | January 17: “Wake Up Call” with Rev. Rodney Williams

January 17, 2021 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Before his death in 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and marginalized communities across the country. Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work, understanding that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, and…

UU Forum | January 24: “Missouri Bicentennial” with Michael Sweeney

January 24, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

August 10, 2021, Marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood. Join Michael Sweeney, coordinator of “Missouri 2021,” for an overview of the exciting projects and events happening to commemorate the state’s 2021 bicentennial. In communities across the state, Missourians will showcase the vast geographic and cultural diversity of Missouri, providing opportunities to recognize the similarities that bring us together. Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives.

Sunday Service | January 24: “Preserve, Protect, and Defend” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

January 24, 2021 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

American voters have chosen that a new federal government administration shall begin this past Wednesday. We can and should celebrate, but we should also be struck by the tremendous responsibilities undertaken by our incoming leaders — there is something worthy of reverence in the trust that we offer them, and the duty that they undertake toward us. If either they or we lose this sense of gravitas, the enterprise of government becomes a mere contest for power and advantage. Let…

UU Forum | January 31: “Welcome to K.C.—First Impressions of our City” with Brian D. Platt

January 31, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Brian Platt, formerly City Manager/Business Administrator for Jersey City, N.J., is Kansas City, Missouri’s new City Manager. He arrived in Kansas City in late October. Absolutely, his impressions are in the early stages. (Kansas City’s former City Manager, Troy Schulte, retired in early 2020.) Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 10:00. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives.

Sunday Service | January 31: “Groundhog Day, Revisited. Again.” with Rev. Jill Jarvis

January 31, 2021 @ 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

As individuals, as communities, as a nation, we too often get stuck in the same old paradigms that inform our beliefs and present barriers to creative change. Reflecting on past experience that seems relentlessly repeated can provide valuable insights to help us move forward. But what are the questions we need to ask in our quest to become unstuck? Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives.

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From the Minister. . .

Check it out; our building has a new sense of identity!  Many thanks to facility chairs Chuck Downing and John Maher, and all the generous donors who contributed to our fabulous new All Souls logo signs on both the Walnut and Warwick sides of the north walls.  The next time you’re out for a drive in the area, give it a look; no need to get out of the car!  We are also in the process of reconfiguring some of our storage arrangements in Conover and the kitchen.  We hope to have these upgrades completed by the time it is possible for the congregation to gather in our building once again.

Did anyone besides me used to play the summer sunset outdoor version of hide and seek that featured the loud call “All-ie all-ie income free!” when the next round was set to start?  It was the signal for the good hiders to come out of their clever concealment and prepare to start over with a new go-seeker.  It feels as if we are all waiting to hear that cry of invitation on the warm evening air of a new year, telling us that it is now safe to be together again.  It probably won’t be a dramatic national policy shift; I’m guessing it will be more of a case by case local decision, as different groups have different assessments of the risk factors and the benefits of bringing people into larger assemblies. But, with vaccines and perhaps a more coordinated approach to prevention and care, I think we all are hopeful of having opportunities to be together in person before the end of 2021.

In the meantime, if you are worried about our homeless neighbors in the coldest months of the year, consider helping the Warming Center team to supply small portable propane heaters to unhoused people in our community.  These heaters, designed to be used carefully inside a tent, can provide about 5 hours of minimal warmth from one propane refill, which can be the difference between life and death, or prevent loss of limbs, on a bitter night.  Having reluctantly concluded that it is not possible to open our Emergency Warming Center in the All Souls building this winter without creating additional risk for our local hospitals and health care workers, our team has chosen this project as the most effective alternative for the current winter season.   You can make a designated contribution through the All Souls online giving page, or send a check to the church office.

Finally, please plan to join us for the annual Gratitude Yulebock, following the Sunday morning service on January 10, complete with traditional carol and virtual goat burning.  We’ll learn about the history of the ‘Yul bok’, or goat; watch the Mitten Tree finale, and honor some of our dedicated volunteers who are making the world a better place.  And of course, how can you have a goat-burning without s’mores?  Watch your mail!

Out with ye, 2020!  A better new year to us all!

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Religious Education

All Souls Youth, Pre & Elementary Classes

Attitude of Gratitude Yulebock January 10

Please join us for our annual Attitude of Gratitude Yulebock on January 10 at 12:15 pm. We will be presenting certificates of gratitude to two of our young adults, Tori Jonson and Ethan Robertson. Both Tori and Ethan grew up attending our religious education classes for children and youth at All Souls. We will be honoring them for their commitment and courage in marching in solidarity with our black friends and neighbors through the Black Lives Matter movement. Tori and Ethan are an inspiration to all of us!

Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our virtual mitten tree this year! Your donations have gone to Pride Haven of Safe, Inc.  Pride Haven is an emergency shelter for young people ages 18-24 who are facing homelessness, many of whom are trans or gay. Your donations are providing not only mittens but warm clothing for them during this winter season. And you are warming their hearts with your generosity as well!

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Things to do

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Get Involved

All Souls received an early Christmas gift on the day of the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, 2020

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 November 2020

NOVEMBER 2020NOV 01NOV 08NOV 15NOV 22NOV 29
Sunday Forum Stream2326381330
Sunday Services Stream8586749484

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Adult Education


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