Occupy Kansas City: A Hope for Democracy

Program for Sunday, January 1, 2012
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Participants and friends of Occupy Kansas City discussed and shared their experiences with the movement. They shared their ideas for coming actions and their hopes for coming years.

Here are some links that were part of the discussion:
Capitalism vs Climate by Naomi Klein
The Future of the Occupy Movement
Occupy the Dream

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Freethought and Christmas

Program for Sunday, December 25, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Individual members of Community of Reason talked about their own sources of joy, inspiration and the guidelines they use as the basis for action in their life.

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The Workings of Common Sense

Program for Sunday, December 18, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Dr. Hiten Soni,   Psychiatry Residency Program, UMKC. (His primary interest in addiction medicine and critical thinking.)

Dr. Soni  examined the mental processes that lead to the subjective feeling of what we consider as “common sense,” the factors that influence our belief in our own common sense and common cognitive traps that lead us to irrational decisions.

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What the Pro-Choice Movement is Doing Wrong

Program for Sunday, December 11, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Rev. Rebecca Turner,    Minister of Disciples of Christ Church and Executive Director of Faith Aloud (whose mission is to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion and sexuality). Her spiritual abortion counseling has been featured on PBS’ “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly”, in CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” and in three documentaries.

The Pro-Choice Movement has lost a lot of ground in the past 10 years. The stigma surrounding abortion is increasing instead of decreasing. Some of that backward motion is because of our own messaging. Learn what we’re doing wrong and how to start changing our messages.

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The Benefits of Planting and Caring for Trees

Program for Sunday, December 4, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Kevin Lapoine,   Kansas City Forester, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department

Kevin stressed the social, community, environmental and economic value of trees.  There is a need to appreciate trees and prevent their removal.

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Morals Through Reason

Program for Sunday, November 27, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Sarah Hargreaves,   Kansas City Atheist Coalition President and Adam Brown, K.C.A.C. Marketing and Public Relations Director

Founders of the new group K.C.A.C described their premise, “Being good without God,” and the mission of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition (K.C.A.C.). 

For more information, Kansas City Atheist Coalition

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Puerto Rico: Past, Present and Future

Program for Sunday, November 20, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Eric Dollard,   Self-made scholar with a long-time interest in geography in general and a special interest in Puerto Rico

Eric discussed the  political and economic problems of Puerto Rico.

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Remembering Selma 46 Years Later

Program for Sunday, November 13, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Sister Rosemary Flanigan,   March 10, 1965 St Louis delegate to Selma, Alabama

It is apt that Kathryn Stockett’s first novel, The Help, became an overnight sensation when it was published in 2009 and then made into a major motion picture because it revived memories of the Civil Rights struggle in the South in the 1960’s.  So did a documentary, “Sisters of Selma,” which aired on PBS in 2007.  Sister Flanigan was one of the six nuns in the St. Louis delegation that went to Selma on March 10, 1965, the week following Bloody Sunday.  That delegation was featured in the documentary.

Let us use this tiny window from our past to serve as a reflection point on our present.

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Creating an Oasis in Urban Food Desserts

Program for Sunday, November 6, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Robyne Stevenson Turner,   Ph. D. Political science, (Department of Public Administration)  Rutgers University and  Adjunct Faculty, UMKC

We have a national epidemic of obesity and diabetes which are food related diseases.  The cure for this is fresh whole foods which we are not supplying to the people in the urban core.  Understanding how food gets from farm to market and how we can get food markets available will allow us to create new, urgently needed public policies.

Click here for more information about the Viable Third Community

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John Emerson Roberts: How I did the Research on His Life and His Work

Program for Sunday, October 30, 2011
1:00 pm till 3:00 pm, at UMKC, Room 301, Haag Hall

Ellen Roberts Young,   Author of John Emerson Roberts: Kansas City’s “Up-To-Date” Freethought Preacher

Dedicated  in memory of Woody Williams, local Freethought Advocate.

Kansas City’s All Souls Church has a long, rich history that extends back to the nineteenth century.  John Emerson Roberts was minister to All Souls Unitarian Church in the 1890s, and later, leader of the Church of This World.  His descendent, Ellen Roberts Young, is an independent scholar and member of the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society and the American Society of Church History.  She will discuss discoveries made during the research for her biography of John Emerson Roberts, which has recently been published.

To order the book,  email the author at EllenPeter@cs.com

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