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Tom Poe, A ‘Quiet Force’ In Kansas City’s Film UMKC, LGBT and Faith Communities, Dies

“If you’re going to sin,” the former Methodist minister Tom Poe once told me, “sin boldly.”

He was using the words of theologian Martin Luther to justify some sort of subversiveness (I can’t remember what we were up to) but I’ll forever quote Poe on that one.

Poe, an intellectual center of Kansas City’s film community, a beloved associate professor of Film and Media Arts in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a pillar of Trinity United Methodist Church and a quiet force of moral authority for decades in the area’s LGBT-rights movement, died Monday. He was 70. Read more.


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