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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

“Who Votes, Who Doesn’t, and Why” with Michael Smith 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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“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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Recent episodes

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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“Introduction to Drawdown” with Emily Libla
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February 6, 2019 | 6:00 pm

A long-time activist for social justice and sustainable living, Emily works with 350KC to create a surge of action to address climate change. She will discuss Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, written by a team of global experts and edited by Paul Hawken.


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“The Forum’s State of the City Address” with Mayor Sly James
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January 30, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Following a quarter-century All Souls Forum tradition, the Mayor of Kansas City, Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr., will deliver an annual State of the City address. He will review the City’s accomplishments and challenges over the past year, and his priorities and expectations for the coming year.


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“Healthy People in a Healthy Community” with Faisal Khan
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January 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Faisal Khan is the new C.E.O. for the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center on Euclid Avenue. He will discuss the Health Center’s role as a community advocate for social justice as well as a public health resource for the community and its members. Mr. Khan has been director of the St. Louis County Public Health Dept.


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Community Media Is the Future
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January 16, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Former FCC Commissioner Clyburn speaks in support of communtiy radio


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Advancing Climate Solutions
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January 9, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Pachamama Alliance's Advancing Climate Solutions through Local, State and Regional Partnerships event on 12/8/18 had their first workshop to present Paul Hawken's radical, emerging new NY Times Bestseller: DRAWDOWN: THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN EVER PROPOSED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING.


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“Orwell’s Version of Dystopia–Jury Still Out” with George Baggett
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January 2, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Recent history invites re-reading of George Orwell’s novels and essays, as well as others who address the consequences of expressing truth to power. Are 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Prince, and An Enemy of the People warnings, or road-maps for authoritarians?


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“Keeping EPA Going Amidst Political Turmoil” with Kerry Herndon December 26, 2018 | 6:00 pm

Kerry Herndon worked for the U.S. EPA as an environmental scientist for 34 years and thrived on work protecting the environment and public health. She will discuss current controversies surrounding the agency, challenges faced by career staff, and potential results from roll backs on environmental policies. She is currently chair for the Kanza Sierra Club.


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“Advocating for a Food & Farm Bill” with Paul Johnson
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December 19, 2018 | 6:00 pm

Paul will cover the disconnect between where taxpayer money should be spent to promote healthy diets and the giant share that goes instead to Big Ag commodities.


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“Our Electrical Grid in Transition” with Bob Solger
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December 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm

Bob Solger is founder of the Solar Design Studio that specializes in photovoltaic design, consulting & financing. He will cover the current transition to a more decentralized electrical grid from increasing production of renewable energy, especially solar, and resulting contentions with the utility industry over grid access and cost.


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