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Having spawned several other organizations,
including the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council,
we continue to offer programs initiated by and through others
but we no longer create our own in order to focus on our unique work.
For interfaith and cultural calendars maintained by other groups, please click here.
with CRES participation
After a dozen years
Vern spoke 2013 Sept 1 to the Community of Reason at UMKC on the topic, "A God Atheists Can Believe In." Click on the link for a brief report and outline of the interactive lecture.
The Crescent Peace Society 17th annual awards dinner included the announcement of the high school winners of the Syed Farrukh Shabbir, MD, Memorial Scholarship. Vern was a judge of the entries, and Joshua C Thomas accepted his award in person.
At the beautiful Wyandotte Lake Park, overlooking the lake on a remarkably cool August morning, Sunday the 18th, Ferris Buhler and Cecilia Moreira were wed by Vern in a ceremony with guests from Denmark, Ecuador, and many other places.
Vern led visiting dignitaries Joseph and Julie Rosendo and guests 2013 Aug 14 on a tour of sacred art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art the morning after Rosendo, host of the PBS Travelscope series, spoke to hundreds at Unity Temple on the Plaza about "Travel as a Life-Changing Experience."
Photo and story about Vern's remarks to the metro American Guild of Organists chapter in the 2013 May magazine, "The American Organist"
When David Nelson was out of town, Vern led the 2013 May 8 session of "Vital Conversations" on Eboo Patel's Common Ground.
Muslim-Baptist Conversation: The remarkably successful, 5-hour event 2013 April 20, which Vern moderated, was reported in several publications and on local TV.
Ealier programs, beginning
Aug 14 Wed 10:15-11:30
VERN'S TOUR OF SACRED ART AT THE NELSON-AKINS
with JOSEPH ROSENDO
who is in town Aug 13 Tue 6:30-7:30p
Travel as a Life-Changing Experience
Unity Temple on the Plaza
embraces the color and spirit of each culture he visits and now he brings
that passion to Kansas City. Joseph concludes each program with this quote
from Mark Twain: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
(www.travelscope.net) Join Joseph as he shares his travel discoveries and
life-changing experiences. "Whether its chanting with monks in Thailand,
morning prayers in Istanbul, sending heavenly lanterns to the skies in
Taiwan or praying with a pilgrim in Ethiopia Travelscope strives to demonstrate
that we are more alike than different and that all spiritual paths are
truly seeking the same goal, connection with our higher power."
2013 AUG 18 SUN 11 am, Davis Hall, Wyandotte County Lake Park
WEDDING -- Ferris Buhler and Cecilia Andrade
A Postmodern-Medieval-Cyberspace-Prehistoric Perspective
Remarks by Vern Barnet and a Discussion Following
Dr Vern Barnet founded the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council in 1989.
He has taught world religions in area seminaries and universities and
wrote the "Faith and Beliefs" column for The Star for 18 years.
His bio appears at www.cres.org/vern.
F R E E
FREE on level 4 of the parking structure
medieval living inside the story, Tillichs unbroken myth
cyberspace opennes toward all meta-narratives. The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction, and that you believe it willingly. Wallace Stevens
prehistoric fear and awe, with no algorithm to explain the universe that is smaller than infinity
credo modern meaning distort original sense: cf cor (as in core, heart) do (as in sonation), I give my heart to . . . Cor is Latin; car (cardiology) is the Greek form.
God for many Christian mystics God=Reality; Sanskrit sat (as in satyagraha and satchitananda) can be understood as truth, being, reality. Hebrew Yahweh=I am what I am/ I will be what I will be. Cf Al-Haqq, Dharmakaya, etc in other faiths.
William Blake's often misunderstood and
ironic "Ancient of Days"
Here is an outline of the interactive
0. Biographical sketch How Ive come to see things as I do today.Metaphors
1. VEIL God/Reality as irrational, unknowable, and immoralConclusions
Photo and story about Vern's remarks to
the metro American Guild of Organists chapter
in the 2013 May national magazine, "The American Organist"
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And thanks to Central Baptist Theological Seminary for these and other photos of the "Common Ground:
Baptist-Muslim Conversation with Vern Barnet, Ruth Clark, Ahmed El-Sherif, Shakil Haider, Steve Jones, Nurdeen Lawal, Molly T. Marshall,
Bilal Muhammed, Andy Pratt, Mahnaz Shabbir, and the more than 140 Muslims and Baptists who participated in the event at Prairie Baptist Church.
For a link to The Interfaith Observer
For a link to the American Baptist News Report, click here. The text appears below the photos here.
|VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 4/23/13)Central
Baptist Theological Seminary hosted a conversation between Baptists and
Muslims at Prairie Baptist Church, Prairie Village, KS, on Saturday, April
20. The Committee on Christian Unity and Interfaith Relations of ABCUSA
partnered with Central for the event, which was part of a national dialogue
between the Muslim and Christian communities on The Love of God and Pathways
to Peace. The initiative comes as a response to A Common Word
Between Us and You, an open letter from Muslim religious leaders and
scholars to world Christian leaders calling for peace and justice between
the two religious communities.
Rev. Dr. Roy Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches USA said, In the midst of the fears, anger and mistrust accompanying the attack on the Boston marathon, it ought to be heartening to all to know that we are actively involved in peacemaking. Peacemaking is an essential element of our Christian vocation and the biblical motivation for our many efforts to work for peace with our Muslim neighbors. We are grateful for the partnership with Central and our other ABC seminaries in this effort. Let us all rededicate ourselves to the often difficult but always essential efforts in local, national and international arenas to wage peace.
The conversation, held at the request of Medley, was one of three such regional events being held by schools with ties to ABCUSA, with a goal to create an atmosphere where these two faith communities can live in peace and respect with one another and promote the common good in the society in which we live and in the broader world. The previous events were held at American Baptist Seminary of the West on February 3, 2012, and at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, on September 29, 2012. In addition to the regional events, two national events were previously held at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA, one in 2012 and one in 2009.
In her greeting to the participants, Central Baptist Theological Seminary president Molly T. Marshall said, In light of recent events in Boston, it is even more urgent that we grow in understanding and respect of one anothers traditions. Too often we demonize a whole way of faith because of the actions of a few. Our gathering today seeks to find common ground and common words, Love of God and Love of neighbor. Central Baptist Seminary wholeheartedly supports the promise of an event such as this.
Common Ground: A Baptist-Muslim Conversation included interaction between 120 participants about 40% Muslim and 60% Baptists and other Christians as they ate together and then participated in discussion guided by Vern Barnet, Minister Emeritus of the Community Resource for Exploring Spirituality (CRES). Quran Scholar Hafiz Nurdeen Lawal and Vice President for Religious Ministries and Dean of the Chapel at William Jewell College Andy Pratt were questioned about their respective faiths sense of need for this dialogue. They agreed that without sharing with one another, and then sharing with their communities what one has learned from the other, neither knows what the other has to offer. Mutual respect is a necessity for such conversation. Lawal stressed the need to teach our youth how to have this conversation. Pratt stressed finding ways for Muslims and Baptists/Christians to come together for humanitarian work.
A panel dialogue followed with Muslim leaders Bilal Muhammad, Manhaz Shabbir, and Ahmed El-Sherif, and Central Seminary President Molly T. Marshall. Marshall reflected that as participants shared their lives and the central roles of their respective faiths, they recognized their common humanity, and said, Over and over participants voiced growing respect for the serious faith of the other.
The event at Central was planned by a committee of local Muslim leaders and representatives from American, Cooperative, and National Baptist congregations, as well as seminary representatives.
About Central Baptist Theological Seminary
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Just published by Radcliffe--
Editors: Steven L Jeffers, Michael E Nelson, Vern Barnet, Michael C. Brannigan
extraordinary compendium of religious traditions is invaluable to all healthcare
providers. The user-friendly resource contains specific and detailed information
on faith traditions vital for providing optimal spiritual care in a clinical
A series of inspirational introductory chapters promote the importance of spiritual well-being as a vital component in whole person care, but the majority of the book forms a compilation of articles from a wide-ranging expert panel of contributors. Ideal for quick reference, the A-Z organisation from American Indian Spirituality to Zoroastrianism is presented in a clear and logical format, covering:
History and Facts
Principles for Clinical Care
General Medical Beliefs
Specific Medical Issues
Gender and Personal Issues
Principles for Spiritual Care Through the Cycles of Life
Concepts of Living and Dying for Spiritual Support
During End of Life
Care of the Body
Organ and Tissue Donation
Scriptures, Inspirational Readings and Prayers
A user-friendly, comprehensive reference book on religious traditions
Contains detailed and comprehensive information about multiple faith traditions pertinent to the clinical setting
Systematically laid out for easy comprehension across all faiths
Ideal for quick reference - A-Z compendium of faiths and a glossary of terms including section on 'special days'
Clear and comprehendible explanations, especially when using terms from languages other than English.
Authoritative wide range of contributors that are experts in their field
Summary of contents
Edited by Steven L. Jeffers, PhD, Michael E. Nelson, MD, Vern Barnet, DMin, Michael C. Brannigan, PhD