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Join us for 2018 Table of Faiths Fundraiser

We live in an exterior world of impermanence… a complex, beautiful and changing world, a world in which each change has the potential to bring humankind ever closer to an ideal of harmony. Every religion has its own special color, texture and shine. Together, the many faith traditions of the world join into a beautiful, complex pattern [...]

By | 2017-09-13T16:39:35+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Featured, Kansas City|Comments Off on Join us for 2018 Table of Faiths Fundraiser

Seeing God with Open Eyes – October 7

For the past eight years, the Vedanta Society of Kansas City, in conjunction with the AUM Foundation, has presented its Annual Arjun Kumar Sharma Memorial Lecture series. Each time the Society has invited notable scholars to speak on timely topics engaging to anyone with an interest in spiritual life. Vedanta Society events are free and [...]

By | 2017-09-10T20:41:24+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Featured, Kansas City|Comments Off on Seeing God with Open Eyes – October 7

2017 Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner

Join us November 12 at 4:00pm at the Islamic Center of Johnson County in Overland Park. Click HERE for more information, including the address, about the Center. This beloved annual event is sponsored by the Heartland Chapter - Alliance of Divine Love and the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, in cooperation with the interfaith community. [...]

By | 2017-10-13T18:16:45+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Featured, Kansas City|1 Comment

Council Responds to Anti-Semitic Violence

Following the recent events of vandalism at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis, and the bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC) would like to remind citizens of the greater Kansas City area that we stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters during [...]

By | 2017-02-23T17:18:24+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Featured, Global, Kansas City, National|Comments Off on Council Responds to Anti-Semitic Violence

Statement of Conscience

Kansas City, MO (January 27, 2017) We, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, begin all our meetings with words that include the following: “We gather to accomplish this work of service, honor the sacred in each of us, and deepen our relations...” As an organization committed to this with our thoughts, words and deeds, we [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:38+00:00 January 28th, 2017|Featured, Global, Kansas City|1 Comment

A Tribute to Huston Smith

This is a tribute to Huston Smith penned by the Chair of the Parliament's Board of Trustees, Dr. Robert Sellers. All of us can look back over our lives as educators and identify people who have been significant role models. One of those persons for me has been Huston Smith. Perhaps the most important American [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:38+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Global|1 Comment

Friendship Fair Travels the World in an Afternoon

Cultural Crossroads helped bring to life the world in one short afternoon this past weekend, October 8, 2016. A wonderful crowd of very young to "seasoned professionals" showed up to engage in crafts, learn to dance, watch performances, enjoy stories from different times and places, practice origami... and everyone had a chance to play with coloring books, stickers [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:38+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Kansas City|Comments Off on Friendship Fair Travels the World in an Afternoon

Save the Date:
Table of Faiths 2017

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL TABLE OF FAITHS FUNDRAISER Tuesday, May 9, 2017 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center We live in an exterior world of impermanence… a complex, beautiful and changing world, a world in which each change has the potential to bring humankind ever closer to an ideal of harmony. Every religion has [...]

By | 2017-09-10T20:20:10+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Kansas City|Comments Off on Save the Date:
Table of Faiths 2017

We Resist Despair: A Recommitment to Nonviolence

The Parliament of the World’s Religions has a focused commitment to address issues of violence. It is one of three critical issues that hold priority in our mission and work. The recent rash of egregious violence has been shocking; not only because of the sheer number of incidents, their frequency, their aberrant severity, and the [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:38+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Kansas City|Comments Off on We Resist Despair: A Recommitment to Nonviolence

Callings: The Search for an Authentic Life

Callings are urgings from the deep self that tell us what it will take to make our lives literally “come true.” They point us toward awakenings, course-corrections and powerful authenticity. THURSDAY, JULY 21 • 6:30-9:00pm AQUARIUS MIDTOWN GALLERY (upstairs at Aquarius, 3935 Broadway, enter through rear door from parking lot) This dynamic presentation - [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:38+00:00 July 4th, 2016|Kansas City|Comments Off on Callings: The Search for an Authentic Life

Thanks for Noticing: The Interpretation of Desire

Geneva Blackmer, intern for the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, interviews the Rev. Dr. Vern Barnet, founder of the Council, about his new book, "Thanks for Noticing: The Interpretation of Desire." GENEVA BLACKMER: As many Kansas City natives are aware, you have an extensive resume as a Professor of Religion, teaching a variety of classes at [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:39+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|Kansas City|Comments Off on Thanks for Noticing: The Interpretation of Desire

Prayer for the World

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. Let it burn away the fog [...]

By | 2016-07-04T10:44:38+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Featured, Global, Kansas City, National|Comments Off on Prayer for the World

Kansas Citians Committed to Peace

It was standing room only at the 30th Annual World Peace Meditation, hosted by the Rime Buddhist Center and Co-Sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and American Friends Service Committee - Kansas City Program. All around the world, people gather to meditate for peace on the first day of the year as the [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:39+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Global, Kansas City|Comments Off on Kansas Citians Committed to Peace

Faith Sharing Opens Council Monthly Meeting

Several months ago the members of the GKCIC agreed that they would like to experience more spiritual substance at the regular monthly business meetings. They agreed that devoting the first hour to faith sharing would set the atmosphere, expand their understanding of the various faiths, provide a forum for guest speakers, and attract the community to the programs. [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:39+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Featured, Kansas City|Comments Off on Faith Sharing Opens Council Monthly Meeting

Interfaith News & Reviews Gearing Up For 2016

The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is looking forward to marking the 75th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address which included religious freedom among the "four freedoms" Roosevelt considered most worthy of protecting on a global basis. This famous speech was made the very same year that concluded with formal entry of the United States into [...]

By | 2016-07-04T10:45:05+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Kansas City|Comments Off on Interfaith News & Reviews Gearing Up For 2016

Lama Chuck Stanford Retiring

Spiritual and Executive Director of the Rime Buddhist Center. Lama Chuck founded the Rime Buddhist Center 20 years ago and has since worked tirelessly to spread the Buddha Dharma in Kansas City. Lama Chuck has been the Buddhist director for Kansas City’s Interfaith Council for 20 years. In addition he has written a regular column on Buddhism for the [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:39+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Kansas City|Comments Off on Lama Chuck Stanford Retiring

Parliament of The World’s Religions Impact

The Parliament of World’s Religions, which took place in Salt Lake City, UT, October 15-19, was only the sixth of its kind since 1893. Women began the five-day journey with the Opening Plenary on Women’s Human Rights and Dignity. Fortunately, this theme carried over for the rest of the five days. The six plenaries offered [...]

By | 2017-04-01T11:43:39+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Global, Kansas City, National|Comments Off on Parliament of The World’s Religions Impact

Multi-Faith Meditation and Environment

Christopher Chapple of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, October 30 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Swami Chetanananda, spiritual director of the Vedanta Society introduced the talk. This was the sixth Arjun Kumar Sharma Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the AUM Foundation. Classical Indian musicians and a reception were included. Dr Chapple's training, teaching, and writing [...]

By | 2016-07-04T10:48:43+00:00 November 1st, 2015|Kansas City|Comments Off on Multi-Faith Meditation and Environment

GKCIC Speaks Out Against Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Following recent remarks made by presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC) would like to remind the greater Kansas City area that we stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends, and are deeply saddened by [...]

By | 2017-02-20T19:01:03+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Global, Kansas City, National|Comments Off on GKCIC Speaks Out Against Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Kansas City Makes a Splash at 2015 Parliament of World Religions

Greater Kansas City is well-represented at next month’s Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is sending an impressive number of interfaith leaders as part of a larger Kansas City contingent to the celebrated gathering, which has been described as the world’s oldest, largest and most inclusive [...]

By | 2017-02-20T19:01:12+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Global, Kansas City, National|Comments Off on Kansas City Makes a Splash at 2015 Parliament of World Religions