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

“Asthma, An Urban Public Health Issue” with Erica Forrest 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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“Confronting the Vicious Cycle of Mental Illness“ with Stephanie Boyer 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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Recent episodes

“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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“The Presidency–What It Was, and What It’s Become” with Max Skidmore
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February 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Max Skidmore, U.S. Presidents expert and UMKC's Thomas Jefferson Fellow, Distinguished & Sr. Fulbright Lecturer and Scholar, will discuss the phenomenon of the new U.S. President. The title says it all.


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“The Forum’s State of the City Address” with Mayor Sly James
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February 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Following a quarter century All Souls Forum tradition, Mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, will deliver an annual state of the city address. He will review Kansas City, Missouri's accomplishments and challenges over the past year, and his priorities and expectations for the coming year.


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MLK’s Beloved Community
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January 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm

The annual MLK Forum, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, recorded on the afternoon of Martin Luther King Day, 2017 at Friendship Baptist Church prior to the mass celebration.


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“There’s Nothing Fake about Real Journalism” with Yael Aboulhalkah
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January 18, 2017 | 6:00 pm

More than ever, the public needs research and factually oriented journalists to inform them about politics. Newspapers are being decimated; still, they and other platforms are providing excellent content for people to read and use. But in a nation where people too often believe fake news and increasingly don’t trust the media, what can be done?


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