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 its own special color, texture and shine. Together, the many faith traditions of the world join into a beautiful, complex pattern of spiritual wholeness.
While diversity provides the color, faith is the foundation, the grounding that allows us to revel in these colors, secure in our place in the intricate pattern of life while being a joyful part of an intricate, harmonious, spiritual whole.
The Table of Faiths event is our invitation to look within our own faith beliefs and spiritual practices to see how the emerging wisdom gives rise to a our individual and collective commitments to the future we are creating together for all life.
If you need more information or have questions, call Kathy at 816-916-0433.
This year’s awardees
The Steve Jeffers Leadership Service Award – Dr. Sofia Khan
This year the Steve Jeffers Leadership Service Award will be given to Dr. Sofia Khan, local physician. Since moving to Kansas City over 20 years ago, she has served as a community activist, involved in numerous charity projects. She is the founder of Muslim Youth of North America KC Chapter, and is an activist/founder of KC for Refugees, a community alliance helping refugee families.
In 2016, she received the Crescent Peace Society Peace Award. She serves on the board of Notre Dame de Sion as part of her commitment to nurture an environment of diversity. Dr. Khan also serves on the board of UNA-KC as well as Abraham House, an interfaith builder for Habitat for Humanity. Dr Khan is an ambassador of Islam, and has spoken at numerous churches, Federal buildings, and hospitals, and has served on many interfaith panels.
We are an interfaith organization that seeks to unite all who have a passion for welcoming and supporting those who have been forced to flee their home countries and settle here in the greater Kansas City area. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has designated Della Lamb Community Services, Jewish Vocational Services and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas as UNHCR agencies in the greater Kansas City area and we work closely with them to coordinate the refugee support activities. In addition, we are affiliated with or serve in partnership with International Rescue Committee, RefugeesareWelcome.org and Syrian Relief and Development.
Our vision is to provide a unified platform for diverse communities to help create a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area. Our approach to success is to:
- EDUCATE community groups and organizations on the refugee settlement process at national and local levels.
- CONNECT community groups both with local refugees and with each other.
- SUPPORT refugees by working with local agencies and encouraging people to donate time, funds and household items.
- DEVELOP alliances with regional and national organizations who are working towards the same vision.
The Table of Faiths Award – Dialogue Institute, Kansas City
The Table of Faiths Award will be given to Dialogue Institute of the Southwest – Kansas City, a nonprofit organization that promotes peace, dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures in the Greater Kansas City area, Wichita and Lawrence by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences.
The Institute hosts many different events during the year to bring people from diverse backgrounds to the same table and respond to the question, “How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?” The Institute was established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) educational organization by Turkish Americans and their friends. Eyyup Esen, PhD, will accept the award on behalf of Dialogue Institute. Dr. Esen’s goal is “to contribute to the global warming of hearts to depolarize the world.”
Dialogue Institute grew out of the need to address the question, “How can citizens of the world live in peace and harmony?” The Institute was established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Many participants of the Institute’s activities are inspired by the discourse and pioneering dialogue initiatives of the Turkish Muslim scholar, writer and educator Fethullah Gulen.
Comments about Dialogue Institute:
“Interfaith dialog is important because it works. There’s no substitute for experience when trying to understand our differences, but more significantly the common ground where we all stand.” – Representative Jason R.Holsman, Missouri District 45
“There’s a loving power that guides all of us, and that loving power has a solution for every problem that we face, and that is faith, if you have faith you have a solution that you can go out and look for it.” – Councilman Jim Glover, District 4, Kansas city MO
“We can talk about differences of the clothes that we wear, the color of our skin, and religious beliefs that we have; but I’m hoping for a time and I believe we can achieve this, that when our differences will soon make no difference.” – Frank Denning , JOCO Sheriff
“You do learn in life, and by sharing life. I think in this way.. and this IS the way.. that the interfaith and intercultural dialog can really play or has to play a role in building the kind of peace and harmony that we all need.” – Fr. Thomas Michel, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University
“As world citizen do we have a choice of not learning to have a dialog, learning to get along and accept each others’ cultures? I think, the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest is examplery of what must happen nationally and throughout the world and we are all the part of that thought process.” – Tom Moxley, Kansas Representative District 68
“We solute the leaders and supporters of the Dialog Institute of the Southwest; and pledge to work with you toward the vision of a community and a world living together as brothers and sisters.” – Marvin Szneler, Executive Director, JCRB American Jewish Committee
Since 1989, we have had the opportunity to grow and create educational programming to celebrate religious and cultural diversity in the Kansas City area. In these ever changing times, understanding people of different faith traditions and other backgrounds is necessity to create and maintain harmony in our community. The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is committed to building the most welcoming community for all people.
The Table of Faiths event is our invitation to look within our own faith beliefs and spiritual practices to see how the emerging wisdom gives rise to a our individual and collective commitments to the future we are creating together for all life. WON’T YOU JOIN US?