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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

Fly Kites, Not Drones 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 their. In this special forum, we will air remarks from many of the participants.


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Recent episodes

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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“Kansas City’s First Black Professional Theater Company” with Damron Armstrong
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May 11, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Veteran K.C. actor Damron Armstrong’s plan is to present plays specific to the African American community but which hold universal appeal. In this post-Ferguson era, the new theater aims to bridge the gap between the reality of the black experience and the sometimes incomplete picture the media has presented.


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“Climate Change Threats to National Security” with Dr. Chris King
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May 4, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Retired Brig. General, Dean of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Dr. King serves on an international military advisory council on climate change. Dr. King will discuss the impact that water scarcity and other environmental issues have on national security and international stability.


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“Cuba/United States Opening Doors” with Lewis Diuguid and Bette Tate-Beaver
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April 27, 2016 | 6:00 pm

The process of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba is ongoing. Lewis W. Diuguid, Kansas City Star journalist, and Bette Tate Beaver, Regional Director at the National Association for Multicultural Education, recently visited Cuba. They will be sharing their observations of Cuba today and changes that opening doors may bring.


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“The Decline in Middle-Skill Jobs” with Jon Willis
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April 20, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Jon Willis is an economist at the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank who studies employment trends. His recent finding: Middle-skill jobs are vanishing, polarizing the workforce and worsening inequality. He will discuss this development, and workers’ responses.


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