Wednesday at 6:00 pm

All Souls Forum

The All Souls Unitarian Universalist Forum, Kansas City’s longest ongoing conversation, has offered a platform for the discussion of significant issues since 1943. Guest speakers typically focus on issues of political, social justice, moral, educational and artistic significance. Each presentation is followed by questions and discussion.

Upcoming episodes

“Homeland $ecurities: Policing for Profit” with Jon Adams April 26, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Former federal law enforcement agent, Jon Adams (MBA), discusses his experience and philosophy on the state and history of U.S. incarceration. From his unique experience as an Immigration Agent and Deputy U.S. Marshal to his time working with offenders as an undercover inmate, Jon provides insight to the current state of law enforcement and to the dangers of proposed government policies.


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Recent episodes

“Aid in Dying” with Ann Allegre and John Carney
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April 19, 2017 | 6:00 pm

What are your options when dealing with serious illness and do not want to prolong your dying? There's hospice and palliative care, and seven states now allow physicians to help people end their lives. Ann Allegre is a retired hospice physician, and John Carney is CEO of the Center for Practical Bioethics in K.C.


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“Affordable Senior Housing: Challenges and Trends” with Kimber Myers Givner
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April 12, 2017 | 6:00 pm

As the Boomer Generation fully enters the traditional retirement years, this group faces both anticipated and unanticipated challenges. Kimber Givner, J.D., M.S.W. and Executive Director for Phoenix Family, will review the current scene to aid understanding of what present developments suggest about future housing options.


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“Confronting the Vicious Cycle of Mental Illness“ with Stephanie Boyer
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April 5, 2017 | 6:00 pm

For people apparently suffering mental health problems, the sobering and stabilization units of the Kansas City Assessment and Triage Center offer a healthy option to jail and/or emergency rooms. Stephanie Boyer, LMSW and program manager for the K.C. Assessment and Triage Center in operation since late 2016, will discuss the program and its potential.


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“Asthma, An Urban Public Health Issue” with Erica Forrest
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March 29, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Inner city residents are particularly at risk for asthma due to poor indoor and outdoor air quality. Erica Forrest, Training and Education Supervisor for the Environmental Health Dept. at Children's Mercy, K.C., is a registered respiratory therapist, certified asthma educator and certified healthy homes specialist. She will assess the scale of this problem in our metro area, and what is being done to address it.


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“The Climate Emergency: The Case for Immediate Action” with Craig Wolfe
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March 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Craig Wolfe, President of the Heartland Renewable Energy Society, recently received intensive training from Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. He will discuss why we should consider the climate an emergency, and how we can and must respond in the current state of our politics.


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“What Now?” with Burdett Loomis
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March 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Burdett Loomis, professor of political science at the University of Kansas, will share with us some ideas on where the "Trumpification" and national and local politics may be leading us. We will be discussing what our government now looks like and what parts we may be able to play in the future.


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Billy Bragg’s FAI Keynote Speech
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March 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm

British Folk Legend Billy Bragg was in town last month for the Folk Alliance International Conference last month. He rocked the Westin Crown Center with his fiery plea for compassion and solidarity.


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Bernie Sanders in Kansas
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March 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Riding an unexpected wave of grassroots enthusiasm, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders electrified crowds during the 2016 presidential primary and easily won the Kansas democratic caucus with 67% of the vote. Join us at 6 pm for a very special broadcast of Sander’s February 25 keynote address to the annual meeting of the Kansas Democratic party in Topeka.


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“Political Cartoons: No Laughing Matter“ with Lewis Diuguid & Bette Tate-Beaver
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February 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm

A political cartoon can make people think about current events and tries to sway opinion. Lewis Diuguid, former columnist and editorial board member at the Kansas City Star, and Bette Tate-Beaver, executive Director of the National Association for Multicultural Education, will lead this discussion.


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“Senior Co-housing: Building Community Where You Live” with Gayl Reinsch
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February 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm

To side-step institutional living or loneliness, some seniors are banding together in condominiums or houses for community and mutual support. Gayl Reinsch, founder of the Kansas City Co-housing Coalition, will share some examples and introduce three residents of a "golden girls" home sharing community.


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