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.
“RevolveKC: Getting Kansas Citians on Bikes” with Elizabeth Bejan June 3, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Revolve is a non-profit that believes the bicycle is the simple solution for healthy lifestyle and affordable, earth-friendly transportation.
“Assessing Suicide Risk” with Stanley Edlavitch May 13, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Dr. Edlavitch, Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at UMKC School of Medicine, in collaboration with Drs. Fred Newman and Bill Geis, has established links between negative thought patterns (like hopelessness and sense of failure) and clinical symptoms as indicators of acute suicide risk. This can guide not only health care professionals but also friends of suffering individuals.
“Lifting Up Community Voices” with Ira Harritt May 6, 2015 | 6:00 pm
We can overturn the austerity myth. The American Friends Service Committee’s Move the Money Listening Project heard from 46 community leaders discussing community needs, budgeting and tax cutting, military spending and better priorities for our community. Ira Harritt will highlight the project’s finds and discuss ways we can shift the debate from austerity to investing in our future.
“PTSD: Navigating Life after Combat” with Tiffany Prowant April 29, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Tiffany Prowant, Caregiver Fellow at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, has been a full-time caregiver for her husband, Jeff, since his return home from Iraq in 2010. For the past four years, she has volunteered numerous hours each week as an advocate for veterans and their caregivers. She engages the public through writing, social media, and public speaking to raise awareness about the transition issues for combat veterans.
“The Lake Wobegon Effect” with Bill Mullins April 22, 2015 | 6:00 pm
“…where all the women are strong…, and all the children are above average,” says Minnesota humorist Garrison Keillor. The preference to see our kin as “above average” can subtly create a need to point to the “below average.” Bill Mullins, Regional Community Advocate, reflects upon a recent MARC Education Report.
“Trauma Sensitive Schools: Resilience for Teaching and Learning” with Beth Sarver April 15, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Beth Sarver, who coordinates Truman Medical Center’s Resilience Incubator, describes the trauma spectrum and how mindful teaching and learning harness the native resilience in all of us.
Forum: “Privatizing Government Services” with John Sharp April 8, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Cities across the country are laying off municipal workers to contract with private, for-profit firms to furnish municipal services, encouraged by the American Legislative Exchange Council and others such as the Heritage Foundation. Water service, ambulance billing, jails, and building and event security are examples. Kansas City Councilman John Sharp, a frequent critic of privatization, explains the issue.
Forum: “Antitrust Law and Policy at a Crossroads” with Ann Marie Marciarille April 1, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Can a firm be “too big” in a culture that values efficiency and scale? Has Antitrust Law Policy lost the necessary vocabulary even to consider the issue? Ann Marie Marciarille, who teaches Antitrust and Fair Competition Law at UMKC School of Law, will discuss the implications of this dilemma for the republic and our common good
AFSC’s Listening Project Report March 25, 2015 | 6:00 pm
We'll hear from American Friends Service Committee, who released a report based on their listening sessions at an event at the KCMO Health Department to stimulate more debate and dialogue about budget and revenue policy and to organize community action.