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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.

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“The Climate Mobilization: The Case for Immediate Action.”
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July 20, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Recorded on Sunday, July 10th at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. John Fish Kurmann, Josh King, and Craig Wolfe presented "The Climate Mobilization: The Case for Immediate Action." KC Climate Coalition sponsored the event, with Heartland Renewable Energy Society as co-sponsor. Great crowd with great conversation.


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Leymah Gbowee
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July 13, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Leymah Gbowee (pronounced beau we), 2011 Nobel Peace laureate and Liberian peace activist, received the 2016 Community of Christ International Peace Award on Saturday, June 4 during the Community of Christ World Conference.

Ms. Gbowee was honored for organizing Christian and Muslim women, empowering them to join in prayer and public protest. Her efforts played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003.


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Doubleheader
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July 6, 2016 | 6:00 pm

On this special addition of The Forum, we present two eloquent speakers:
First we'll hear First Lady Michelle Obama's Commencement Address to City College of New York.
Then, we'll hear Chris Hedges talk at the Left Forum, also in NYC.


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Fly Kites, Not Drones
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June 29, 2016 | 6:00 pm

In April, area peace activists gathered at Whiteman Air Force Base to witness against the drones operated out of there. In this special forum, we will air remarks from many of the participants.


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Confronting Extremist Violence, the Refugee Crisis, and Fear: Faith Responses
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June 22, 2016 | 6:00 pm

On May 19th, the American Friends Service Committee, the Greater Kansa City Interfaith Council, & the Kansas City Public Library hosted a forum to discuss the following questions. Should our response to extremist violence be violence or are there others ways to respond? Should we welcome refugees from Syria or close our borders? Hear faith leaders discuss these and other issues challenging us at home and abroad.


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“Challenge, Intellect, and Rhythm” with Joseph Davis
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June 15, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Regular attendees who have been around All Souls for ten years or so know Joseph Davis for the periodic, original poetry he offers at occasional services. All of that poetry is the sort that knocks ours socks off with its poignancy and its fresh perspectives about human issues.


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“Plans for the American Jazz Museum” with Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner
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June 8, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Ms. Kositani-Buckner is the new executive director of the American Jazz Museum located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District in Kansas City. She will lay out her plans to promote and enhance the entire experience that one can enjoy from both the exhibits and associated musical performances.


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“The Future Path of the Supreme Court?” with Prof. Edward Cantu
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June 1, 2016 | 6:00 pm

The Supreme Court is balanced between conservative and liberal wings and the current vacancy has already created 4 - 4 deadlocks. Dr. Cantu is Associate Professor of Law at UMKC Law School and will discuss the standoff between the President and Congress and possible outcomes.


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“Ethics in International Finance” with Dr. Kara Tan Bhala
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May 25, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Dr. Bhala is President of the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance & Ethics, and editor of Moral Cents: The Journal of Ethics in Finance, covering topics of banking regulation, global financial collapse & Buddhist ethics in finance. Her new book is International Investment Management: Theory, Ethics & Practice.


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“Impact of Industrial Agriculture on Rural Communities” with Prof. Donald Stull
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May 18, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Don Stull is professor emeritus in anthropology at K.U. He writes about the consequences of the meat industry for farmers, workers, and communities that host their plants: Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America, and (co-editor) Any Way You Cut It: Meat Processing and Small-Town America.


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