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.

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Forum: “Where is Public Transportation Headed in Greater Kansas City?” with Ron Achelpohl
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February 10, 2016 | 6:00 pm

MARC, KCATA and other partners are updating the Smart Moves plan. RideKC will provide better transit access to jobs, support development in activity centers and corridors, and provide intra-city mobility—suburbs and core—throughout the region. Ron Achelpohl, MARC’s director of transportation and environment, will discuss the RideKC plan to redefine transit in the region.


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“The Origins of Industrial Agriculture in the US” with Craig Volland
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February 3, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Craig Volland is Agriculture Chair of the Kansas Sierra Club. He will discuss how the Post WWII "Feed the World" political and economic paradigm transformed America’s food system from diversified & high quality to high tech & low quality.


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“State of the City—Kansas City, Missouri” with Mayor Sly James
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January 27, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James will speak on The State of the City at the U.U. Forum at All Souls. This continues a long-standing tradition of a Forum presentation by the Kansas City mayor each January.


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“What Happened at the Paris Climate Conference?” with John Kurmann
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January 20, 2016 | 6:00 pm

John Kurmann is lead coordinator for 350KC, part of at the 350.org global climate action movement. He will report the good, bad, and ugly results of the recent meeting of 194 nations in Paris addressing the climate crisis—and what we need to do next.


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“Divisions” with Airick Leonard West
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January 13, 2016 | 6:00 pm

America is as divided today as it was throughout much of the civil rights movement: we’ve intentionally chosen the American Dream over King’s dream of a more equitable America.


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“The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate” with Alan Proctor
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January 6, 2016 | 6:00 pm

Bruce Proctor’s journey—from top secret Pentagon war-policy insider to American deserter— was harrowing. Bruce’s brother, All Souls member Alan Proctor, compiled his brother’s correspondence and recollections of his exile.


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“KCMO Culture & Creative Services: One Year In” with Megan Crigger
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December 30, 2015 | 6:00 pm

Megan Crigger is the inaugural Director of Creative Services for Kansas City, Mo. Megan came to Kansas City just one year ago from a comparable position with the City of Austin, TX. She will describe her anticipation, expectations, and actual experiences since arriving on the Kansas City creative scene.


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“Managing Kansas City, Missouri” with Troy Schulte
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December 23, 2015 | 6:00 pm

Kansas City City Manager since 2011, Troy Schulte is responsible for making city government run efficiently and economically—advising and serving the City Council and the KC Mayor. Mr. Schulte has an impressive background in economics and will discuss current Kansas City development issues.


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“Seriously Ironic” with Isaac Wilder
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December 16, 2015 | 6:00 pm

Wilder, who works in internet security and peoples’ networks, asks the question: How can one live a good life in a society that’s so bad? Is the hour already too late to save humanity and its home? In a world without privacy, meaningful political agency, or effective outlets for dissent, what can we do?


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“The Missouri Death Penalty” with Cynthia Short, J.D.
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December 9, 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.


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