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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“Direct Democracy in Action” with Winston Apple
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December 7, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Mr. Apple, founder of Populists in Action, will present an overview of how the ballot initiative process can be used by citizens in Missouri (and 23 other states) to pass legislation without going through the state legislature.


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A Drone Specialist Speaks Out
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November 30, 2016 | 6:00 pm

ian Westmoreland, a former member of the US Air Force, helped build the communications infrastructure for the drone program in Afghanistan. He has signed an open letter to President Obama proclaiming that US drone attacks, which have killed thousands of civilians, have served as recruitment tools for ISIS and other terrorist groups rather than curtailing wars.


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“City Performance–By the Measures” with Kate Bender
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November 23, 2016 | 6:00 pm

CSTAT is a data driven, public-facing initiative focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of city services, monitoring progress toward the City Council's Strategic Priorities elaborated in the Five-Year Citywide Business Plan since 2014. Kate Bender will describe how results are assembled and reviewed by top City Officials.


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“Penetra􀆟ng the Rhetoric on Key Elec􀆟on Issues”
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November 16, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Among the most conten􀆟ous issues in the presiden􀆟al campaign are interna􀆟onal trade and Islam. Rakesh 'Raj" Bhala is Assoc. Dean, Int’l. & Compara􀆟ve Law, KU Law School and also trained in economics. He will cut through the par􀆟san rancor and offer insights about interna􀆟onal trade agreements and Islamic Law (Shari'a).


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Kansas City Public Schools
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November 9, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Dr. Bedell comes to KC with a diverse background and explicit commitment to being in, and of, the KCPS community. He will share his aspirations and his expectations for community support.


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“Eastside Fighting for Economic Renewal” with Prof. Karen Curls
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November 2, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Although Kansas City's Eastside has been hit hard by job loss, historic racism, and a catastrophic housing crash, the City's redevelopment initiatives have mostly passed it by. Eastside leaders are challenging that, starting with a proposed 1/8 cent sales tax dedicated to renewal. Eastside leader Prof. Karen Curls and her colleagues explain the case.


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Community Health Improvement Planning & Engagement
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October 26, 2016 | 6:00 pm

The 2016 five year health plan (“CHIP”) addresses factors with direct impact upon the wellness of KC, targe􀆟ng health deficits by way of broad, mul􀆟‐disciplinary & neighborhood‐level stakeholder engagement. Health Commissioner Robinson will describe the development, goals & implementa􀆟on of CHIP.


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“Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies” Aaron Barnhart & Diane Eickhoff:
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October 19, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Barnhart and Eickhoff, founders of Quindaro Press, publish interes􀆟ng books of history for young adults and older readers. They will discuss their work in general, with emphasis on Tanya Anderson's upcoming book Gunpowder Girls, about the girls and young women who were vic􀆟ms.


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“Aging with Grace” George Bagge􀆩 & Camilla Huet‐Derrosse􀆩
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October 12, 2016 | 6:00 pm

With an aging popula􀆟on, the goal is an end of life with as much grace as possible, with minimal impact on those who provide support. George, who recently completed this process with his parents, and Camilla, Marke􀆟ng Director of Carondelet Home Care Services, will share their experiences.


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Reproductive Rights: Tension between State Power and Individual Rights
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October 5, 2016 | 6:00 pm

The Supreme Court's recent Whole Women's Health decision limits states' restric􀆟ons on abor􀆟on rights. The Court's balancing of compe􀆟ng interests of reproduc􀆟ve rights and legisla􀆟ve power sets the stage for further conflicts over access to abor􀆟on care. Bob represents Planned Parenthood and Trust Women in ongoing Kansas proceedings


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