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.
“Beyond Our Borders: Four Kansas City Partitions” with Ron Jones November 25, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Ron Jones is KCUR Director of Community Engagement. He will discuss how the partitions of Troost, State Line, the Wyandotte-Johnson County line and the Missouri River affect the KC experience.
“The Missouri Death Penalty” with Cynthia Short, J.D. December 2, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Cynthia Short, with Investigating Innocence, has spent years as a public defender with much effort devoted to death penalty cases. She will discuss the state of the death penalty in Missouri.
“Reforming the Criminal Justice System” with Jolie Justus November 18, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Jolie Justus will discuss issues of criminal justice reforms for our nation which jails citizens at the highest rate in the world.
“Crunch Time in Kansas Politics” with Paul Johnson November 11, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Paul Johnson is a lobbyist for the Kansas Rural Center and reports to the Kansas League of Women Voters. He will discuss state budget issues and problems of Agriculture, water and the environment
“Kansas City: Metropolis or Zoopolis” with Julie Urbanik, PhD November 4, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Since its fur trading and livestock days, animals have been central to KC’s identity and landscape. Formerly a professor of geosciences at UMKC, Dr. Urbanik will examine the past and present connections between KC’s human and non-human inhabitants.
“Changing American Families” with Deborah B. Smith October 28, 2015 | 6:00 pm
As American society changes, so do American families. So why does the image of the white picket fence with breadwinner father and homemaker mother persist? Prof. Smith, Dir. UMKC’s Family Studies, will provide a bit of history of the American family and offer TWO new definitions of “family” to ground our understanding as we move forward into the ever-changing nature of American families.
“The Laws of the Bomb” with Robert Del Tredici October 21, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Robert Del Tredici, founder of the Atomic Photographers Guild, will share nuclear photographs and stories of what was required to get them. His nuclear journeys have included Hiroshima, Rocky Flats and Semipalatinsk. His experiences have enabled him to formulate his “Laws of the Bomb,” six universal principles that describe the place of the bomb in our collective awareness
Forum: “Homelessness Task Force” with Evelyn Craig October 14, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Evie Craig is president and CEO for reStart, an organization with which All Souls has been involved for over twenty years. Ms. Craig, having received contracts from the Veterans’ Administration & numerous awards, will discuss the extensive and growing program for impacting homelessness in Kansas City.
“Chronic Illness, Anxiety and Bowen Family Systems Theory” with Kathleen Riordan and Everett Murphy October 7, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Understanding the impact and relationship of anxiety and chronic illness is crucial for managing both. Kathleen Riordan, LSCSW and Everett Murphy M.D. will explore what this means for all of us.
“Capitalist Decline and a Way Forward” with Richard Wolff, economist September 30, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Capitalism is relocating to new centers in China, India, Brazil. In its old centers like the U.S., economic prospects darken. Worker incomes stagnate. Multinational businesses force governments to lower their taxes and then either raise personal taxes, cut public services or both. Decline results, but alternatives exist. Changing the organization of our enterprises offers a way to a better future.
“Tiny Houses: An Idea Whose Time Has Come” with Joshua Farmer September 23, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Kansas City is on the cutting edge of the Tiny House movement. Local activists, including Joshua Farmer of the Tiny House Collective, are working in partnership with KCMO officials and bringing the sustainable and adaptable model to life. From low income to uber luxury, Tiny Houses solve many problems vexing today’s municipalities. Come learn more.
Nuns on the Bus September 16, 2015 | 6:00 pm
Nuns on the Bus, a project of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice lobby. Led by Sister Simone Campbell, this group of nuns is travelling around the country holding town hall meetings about social justice. KKFI was on hand to record the event at Community Christian Church in Kansas City