We come from a family of protestors who challenged the status quo and were part of Christ’s transforming work in the world 500 years ago. Join us in 2017 as we remember our roots and explore how Christ is reimagining the church today.



The New Reformation Series: Is the Bible Still Relevant? How to Read this Weird, Wonderful, Old Book
Jan. 15 – Feb. 26
500 years ago, the Bible was translated from Latin into multiple languages so that everyone could read the word of God. 500 years later, how many of us actually read this holy book and do we still believe it’s applicable to our modern world and lives? Our sermon series helped address the confusing, boring and inspiring aspects of the best-selling book of all time.


“The Word Throughout the Word” Bible Display
The Protestant Reformation created a huge demand for the Bible written in the local languages people spoke and read, rather than in Latin, Hebrew or Greek. As Second commemorates the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, we are displaying Bibles that have become important to some members of Second.

Reformations: Then and Now Series
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Room
This four week study considered the Reformation movements of the 16th century, what they were about, and how they might speak to us in the 21st century church. We looked to understand the world of the 16th century on its own terms and asked about the significance the various reformation movements might have in a very different context today. Led by Dr. Jim Brandt.

Feb. 5 | Contexts: Then and Now
We looked at some salient elements of the late Medieval world in Europe that set the stage for the Reformation movements and considered some elements of religious life and church in 21st century North America.

Feb. 12 | 16th Century Reformation Movements and Their Legacy Now
We looked at the similarities and differences among the main Reformation movements and considered ways in which these traditions are alive and well in our present context.

Feb. 19 | Reform of Church and Doctrine
We considered the central doctrinal developments found particularly in the Lutheran and Reformed traditions: justification by grace through faith, the priesthood of all believers, the centrality of Scripture and preaching and ways in which these doctrines are significant today.

Feb. 26 | The Genius of the Reformed Tradition
We considered the character of the Reformed tradition with particular attention to the importance of confessions of faith, the notion of on-going reformation, and representative forms of church government and the significance of these characteristics today.

Dr. Jim Brandt is Professor of Historical Theology and Director of Contextual Education at Saint Paul School of Theology in Leawood, KS. He is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

All-Church Reformation Potluck
Feb. 12 | Sunday Lunch
Join us after 10:15 worship.
Blessing of the Bibles for 3rd and 4th graders
Third and fourth graders received Bibles during 10:15 worship.


“We’ve Always Been Asking Questions” Event with Dr. Amy Oden
Feb. 13 | 6 p.m. in Westminster Hall
We engaged the voices of women in church history who asked great questions, many of which we’re still asking today.
Dr. Amy Oden is a professor of early church history and spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University.


A Conversation with KC’s Catholic Bishop
Feb 27 | 7 p.m. | 416 W. 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64105
Join us for conversation with Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Come with questions about what the Reformation means for Protestants and Catholics today.

Flatland Article Chronicles Second’s Visit with Bishop Johnston
Bill Tammeus writes about our congregation’s recent visit with Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. and Father Paul Turner. Check out the Flatland article here.

Reformation Art Tour at the Nelson-Atkins
Feb. 26 | 1:30 p.m.
This tour was led by NAMA docents Bill Dickinson and Barbara Loots. Attendees learned about how the Reformation influenced European art. As a follow up, several people had interest in viewing the following video about Lucas Cranach’s role in the Reformation as Luther’s friend and business partner.



“Reformed and Always Being Reformed”
Mar. 5 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Room
Rev. Kristin Riegel will lead a discussion about what it means to be “reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God.”

Galatians Sermon Series
After having talked about how we read the Bible, we’ll spend the season of Lent putting our knowledge into practice by reading through Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia together. Every week in worship, we will focus on a different key theme or passage.

C3 Small Groups: Galatians
Meet new people. Share conversation. Build community.

Mark Twain in Earnest: A Reformation Story
Mar. 19 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Class
He told tall tales, but he also told the truth, mainly. He was funny and irreverent, but you could also say he was God-stricken, a man whose life and work were indelibly marked by the Reformed Tradition. Led by Doug Hundley.

The Forgivable Sin of Huckleberry Finn

Mar. 26 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Class
According to biographer Ron Powers: “No reading of Mark Twain’s literature can miss the inexhaustible evidence of the Bible as a source.” We’ll explore this insight, the Biblical concept of sin, and Twain’s text. Led by Doug Hundley.


Unsung Heroes of the Reformation: Persistent Women
Apr. 2 & 9 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Room

Apr. 2 | Persistent Women in the 1500s
Mary Jorgenson will share about the women who helped to lead the Reformation in the 1500s. 

Apr. 9 | Persistent Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Mary Jorgenson will share how women have shaped, struggled with, and led the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  




Visit by Rev. Jan Edmiston, General Assembly Moderator
Apr. 22-23
PC(USA) General Assembly Co-Moderator Jan Edmiston will visit Second to speak about the ways Christ continues to shape, reform and transform the Presbyterian Church to make us a more faithful witness in the world. Moderator Edmiston will at the 10:15 a.m. worship service.

Rev. Edmiston’s reflections from “Reimagining the Church” on April 22, 2017.

Not as the World Gives: The Essays of Marilynne Robinson
Apr. 23 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Class
Of John Calvin she writes: “People know to disapprove of him, though not precisely why they should….” She writes to remind us, as Calvin did, as the Psalmist did, that though we are fallen creatures, we are only “a little lower than the angels.”

Bach Lunch at the UMKC Conservatory
Apr. 28 | 12 p.m. at Grant Hall, Room 122 (5227 Holmes St. Kansas City, MO 64110)
Bring your lunch and enjoy some Bach! The performance will include a brief scripture reading and information about Reformation theology in verses. For more information, visit the link here.

Grace in Gilead: Three Novels by Marilynne Robinson
Apr. 30 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Class
In Gilead, Home, and Lila, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author explores the Christian concept of grace from three perspectives: aging pastor, wayward godson, and homeless woman who learns that the best things that happen she’d never have thought to pray.


Always Reforming: Reimagining the Church Today
May 7, 14, 21 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Class
Join us as church leaders and community innovators speak about how Christ is transforming the church today.


Rally Day
Aug. 20 | 9 a.m.
Join us as we kick off a new year of learning and growing together.

September – October

Questions for the Next 500 Years
Sept. 10 – Oct. 15 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Class
This series will explore questions that Protestants wrestled with 500 years ago and that we continue to wrestle with today. Using the Reformers’ words as a spark, we’ll explore these questions in conversation with one another. Come for one or all six discussions about God’s continuing reformation of the church and the world.

Sept. 10: In Praise of Criticism
When should I say what I really think?

Sept. 17: Alone in Sola Scriptura
Why is the Bible a book for me?

Sept. 24: You Remind Me of Mother
Who has helped me become who I am?

Oct. 8: Hiking in the Catechisms
Where will I find joy?

Oct. 15: The Paradox of Being Free

What do we do next?

Brian McLaren at Second
September 16-17 (more details to come!)
Brian McLaren, one of the most influential Christian leaders in America, will visit Second in September. McLaren has written extensively on the emerging church, and we look forward to hearing his thoughts about how God is re-shaping the church. Save the date for this special weekend, and stay tuned for more information.

Scotland Pilgrimage
Sept. 24 – Oct. 7
Second members will travel to Scotland to learn about our Presbyterian roots, meet fellow Presbyterians in the church of Scotland and experience Celtic spirituality on the Isle of Iona.



Scotland Trip Reflections
Nov. 5 and 12 | 9 a.m. in the Witherspoon Class
Pilgrims from the Scotland trip will share reflections on their journey.

Reformation Sunday
Oct. 29
Join us as we celebrate how God is continuing to reform the church.