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.

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“A New Generation Addresses our Environmental Crisis” with Megan R, Payton T, & Sasha B.
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April 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Megan Rush, Payton Templeton, and Sasha Bornstein are students in K.U.’s Environmental Studies Program. They will discuss their interest in protecting the environment, our most pressing issues, and what stands in the way of solving them. They will also address barriers to solutions and the scientific and ethical issues surrounding humans’ place in nature.


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“Foster Parenting and Foster Children” with Kristy Blagg
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April 10, 2019 | 6:00 pm

The phrase “foster family” is surrounded by culturally influenced impressions that are loaded with emotional connotations. But foster families are real families with real people with hugely varied needs and commitments. Kristy Ann Blagg has experienced foster parenthood and has recruited families for family care in northwest Missouri.


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“Hatebusters -Bringing People Together” with Ed Chasteen
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April 3, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Teaching and emeritus status at William Jewell College have provided a base from which Ed Chasteen has led Hatebusters for more than thirty years. His sharing among diverse people across the region and the United States has been facilitated by people oriented, long distance bicycle tours. Ed is a Ph.D in Sociology.


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“Effectiveness of the K.C. Metro Vote” with Reps. Judy Morgan and Barbara Washington
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March 27, 2019 | 6:00 pm

The odds are stacked against our Jackson County representatives in Jefferson City, Missouri’s State House. Voters elect people trusted to represent us. But are representatives and voters spinning our wheels? Representative Barbara Washington has been representing Jackson County’s District 23 for three years; Representative Judy Morgan, representing District 24 for eight years.


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“From There to Here” with Leonard Zeskind
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March 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Our move from community to polarization is well-illustrated by anti-immigrant policies, white nationalism, male chauvinism, racist authorities, and anti-Semitic killers. Leonard Zeskind, author of Blood and Politics, will explain how we got to this point and what we need to do to begin to get out.


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“Local News Coverage” with Spencer Graves
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March 13, 2019 | 6:00 pm

As print media companies combine, and broadcast companies expand their holdings, local news media are shrinking, like Kansas City's own Star. Spencer Graves suggests that the future of our democracy depends on the quality of news coverage. If we don't find ways to pay for better news coverage, we will pay indirectly with governmental policies that are less responsive to the needs of most citizens.


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“Live Theater at Live Theaters” with Cynthia Levin
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March 6, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Cynthia Levin, in her 40th season with the Unicorn Theater, has been director, actor, designer or producer for over 300 productions. She is committed to inclusion and diversity without limits on topics. Producing Artistic Director for the Unicorn Theater, Cynthia will discuss its success and its connections to other theaters.


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“Freeloading vs. Civic Duty” with Rex Archer February 27, 2019 | 6:00 pm

“We all need to protect our most vulnerable residents from vaccine preventable diseases.” Why are U.S. Americans skipping out on vaccines? Why and what are consequences for this? Rex Archer, MD, M.P.H. and Director of Health, Kansas City, Missouri Health Department will address this issue.


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“Who Votes, Who Doesn’t, and Why” with Michael Smith
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February 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Michael Smith, Ph.D., professor of Political Science and chair at Emporia State University, will discuss why for every ten U.S. adults, six vote and four don’t. What separates them? What difference has this made in our current state of affairs? Are we better or worse off without these folks?


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Two Rare Speeches February 13, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Two speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1. On The Power Of Peaceful Persuasion June 24, 1957
2. The Future of Integration June 1961


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