Upcoming Events

Contemplative Prayer Group

Our new Contemplative Prayer Group is meeting on Wednesdays from 12-12:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Join us each week for a short scripture reading followed by 20 minutes of silent prayer and meditation. Bring a brown bag lunch if you would like to join others for lunch afterwards. For more information, contact Susan Ray at

Reformation Art Tour at the Nelson-Atkins – Back by Popular Demand!

Did you know that Martin Luther and artist Lucas Cranach were best friends? See how the Reformation influenced European art on Sunday, June 25. Join us for lunch at 12:15 p.m. in the Nelson’s Rozzelle Court or come just for the tour at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Welcome Desk. Please let us know you’re coming by signing up at the link here.

Ramadan Fast-Breaking Dinner at Second

You’re invited to a Ramadan Fast-Breaking Dinner on Monday, June 19 at 8 p.m. in Westminster Hall. Come to meet local Muslims, learn about Ramadan, and share a meal together. This event is kid-friendly and families are especially encouraged to attend. The event is co-sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church, The Open Table, and the Dialogue Institute Southwest. All are welcome. Interested in attending? RSVP using the online form here.

Second Friends Group Picnic and Washers Tournament

Second Friends Group invites all to attend a picnic and washers tournament from 4-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the home of Lydia and Dave Jeter (4404 SW Hickory Ln. Blue Springs, MO 64015). The Jeters will provide the meat and drinks, and all other items will be potluck.

Save the Date for Brian McLaren: September 16-17

We are excited to share the news that Brian McLaren, one of the most influential Christian leaders in America, will visit Second the weekend of September 16-17.

A former college English teacher and pastor, McLaren is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous and working with people of all faiths for the common good. A frequent guest on television, radio and news media programs, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, On Being, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time, Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and many other print media.

Continuing our year-long commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, McLaren will share his thoughts about the emerging church and how God is re-shaping the church today. In preparation for his visit, everyone at Second is encouraged to read his latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian. Copies are available for $15 and can be picked up in the church office. In late August, Second will offer small groups for people to meet and discuss The Great Spiritual Migration. Are you interested in leading or being a part of one of these groups? If so, contact Rev. Kristin Riegel at

The Open Table

Second’s new community of hospitality and conversation gathers from 6:30-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays each month around shared meals, songs, and short topical discussions about how spirituality and life intersect. All are encouraged to participate, from contributing to the meal, assisting with setup of our common spaces, or leading a short discussion/experience. For more information, please visit