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Statement of Conscience

By | January 28th, 2017|Featured, Global, Kansas City|

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 [...]

A Tribute to Huston Smith

By | January 17th, 2017|Global|

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 [...]

Friendship Fair Travels the World in an Afternoon

By | October 10th, 2016|Kansas City|

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 [...]

Save the Date:
Table of Faiths 2017

By | August 22nd, 2016|Featured, Kansas City|

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 [...]

We Resist Despair: A Recommitment to Nonviolence

By | August 8th, 2016|Kansas City|

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 [...]

Callings: The Search for an Authentic Life

By | July 4th, 2016|Kansas City|

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 - [...]

Thanks for Noticing: The Interpretation of Desire

By | July 3rd, 2016|Kansas City|

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 [...]

Prayer for the World

By | May 19th, 2016|Featured, Global, Kansas City, National|

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 [...]

Kansas Citians Committed to Peace

By | January 4th, 2016|Global, Kansas City|

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 [...]

Faith Sharing Opens Council Monthly Meeting

By | December 2nd, 2015|Featured, Kansas City|

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. [...]

Interfaith News & Reviews Gearing Up For 2016

By | December 1st, 2015|Kansas City|

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 [...]

Lama Chuck Stanford Retiring

By | November 20th, 2015|Kansas City|

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 [...]

Parliament of The World’s Religions Impact

By | November 15th, 2015|Global, Kansas City, National|

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 [...]

Multi-Faith Meditation and Environment

By | November 1st, 2015|Kansas City|

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 [...]

GKCIC Speaks Out Against Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

By | October 1st, 2015|Global, Kansas City, National|

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 [...]

Kansas City Makes a Splash at 2015 Parliament of World Religions

By | October 1st, 2015|Global, Kansas City, National|

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 [...]

Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council Honored by Crescent Peace Society

By | September 2nd, 2015|Kansas City|

We invite you to join the GKCIC and Crescent Peace Society on Saturday, September 12, 2015, for the 19th Annual Eid Celebration and Awards Banquet. The event will be held at the Overland Park Marriott at I-435 & Metcalf, from 6:00-10:00 pm. The steering committee has been working diligently on an inspirational program with American-Muslim [...]

Spirituality After Darwin

By | June 13th, 2015|Kansas City|

That was the attention grabbing title of Bron Taylor’s lecture at the annual public meeting of the Kansas University Department of Religious Study, this year, co-sponsored by the KU Environmental Studies Program. For those of us in the GKC Interfaith Council who had been discussing the relation of science and religion in the Sacred Text [...]

Members and Friends Participate in Air War College Event

By | May 13th, 2015|Kansas City|

Over seventy people, senior military officers from forty-five countries and members and friends of the Council, attended a luncheon at the Plaza Marriott Hotel, arranged by the Air War College of Alabama.  The year-long program, originating at the Maxwell Air Base in Alabama, included a “field trip” with other stop-offs in Phoenix and Honolulu. The [...]

Annual Table of Faiths Event Blesses Community

By | May 13th, 2015|Kansas City|

Nearly four hundred guests attended the annual “Table of Faiths” event held on Tuesday, April 21st at the Sheraton Crown Center from 6-9 p.m. This year’s theme was “One Family, One World, One Future.” Representatives from twenty global faith traditions found right here in our city, manned the booths surrounding the spacious room, ready to [...]