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NATIONAL INTERFAITH ACADEMIES IN KANSAS CITY
Pilot Program 2007 June 13-27

In 2007 June, Kansas City hosted the nation's first Interfaith Academies, one for religious professionals, one for students, run concurrently, with international participation. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, partners for the Academies were the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, Religions for Peace-USA, the Saint Paul School of Theology where the participants were housed, and the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, with several members addressing the Academies about our local work. With a faculty drawn from around the country, CRES arranged for visits to six religious sites and numerous other programs that enriched the academic experience -- a tour of the Nelson-Atkins, the movie night with the public, a public panel on religion and the media, a panel on lesser-known faiths, arrangements for Hindu and the Cowboy, the press conference and other media attention, Sunday vespers, greetings from elected officials, arrangements for professional evaluation, etc. 
At the Pluralism Project, we consider Kansas City to be truly at the forefront of interfaith relations This is — in no small part — due to the tireless efforts of Vern Barnet, whose work and writings have been an inspiration to all of us at the Pluralism Project.
  —Ellie Pierce, principal researcher for The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
PRE-EVENT INFORMATION

National web site: 
http://www.rfpusa.org/interfaithacademy/

Planned schedule on national site

Local announcement, photos, clippings

Public Events 

Maps to SPST for classes.

PROCLAMATIONS and GREETINGS (gif images)
      Mayor Mark Funkhouser
      Congressman Dennis Moore
      Governor Kathleen Sebelius 
      County Executive Mike Sanders
      Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II
      Senator Claire McCaskill
      Senator Pat Roberts

PROCLAMATIONS AND GREETINGS in TEXT only 

POST-EVENT REPORTS 
and MEDIA LINKS
 

Summary Report (with some photos)

(KC Star column previewing the Academies 2007 May 2)
(CAMP column previewing the Academies 2007 June 17)

KC Star column interviewing Yehezkel Landau 2007 June 27

KC Star column reviewing the  Academies 2007 July 4
original draft

KC Star Announcement of Academies Tivoli Film Night

Pluralism Project Web Note 2007 June 28

> KCUR's "KC CURRENTS" program on CRES website mp3
> on KCUR website
http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-601510.mp3

Religions for Peace - USA newsletter excerpt 0707

Hindu Temple and Cultural Center Patrika excerpt 0708

PHOTOS (see note at this link)