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and a different telling of the Council's history at  IFCouncilHistory 

 
WORK SHEET

TIMELINE 
KEY KC INTERFAITH EVENTS

after the demise of MICA  and Ecumendia
NCCJ / Harmony complicated history, but at times involved with interfaith work, not teased out below

MICA (Metropolitan InterChurch Agency) [expires 76 or 77?]
Ecumedia [ through 80s?]

1982 CRES incorporated (World Faiths Center for Religious Experience and Study)

1984 CRES publishes the first issue of what later becomes “Many Paths,” a monthly 12-page color publication of local interfaith news and commentary

1985 First annual Family Thanksgiving Sunday Interfaith Ritual Meal, developing friendships which made the Council possible

1986 April Islam and the Muslim World IRC

1986 Dec 31 First “Future is Now” celebration (Arena), later redesigned as an explicitly Interfaith observance by the Rime Buddhist Center (2000)

1987 Christian Jewish Muslim Dialogue Group formed, lasted through 1993 (Oslo) and perhaps a bit beyond

1989 May Kansas City Interfaith Council formed with persons from local American Indian, Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian Protestant, Christian Roman Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist, Wiccan, and Zoroastrian communities. 

1989 Aug Harmony in a World of Difference Religion Task Force Covenant signed by (almost all) members of the Interfaith Council.

1990 KC Press Club, cosponsored by CRES, CJM, IFC hold day-long conference on religion in the media at Rockhurst

1993? KC Star enhances its multi-faith regular features

1996 Religion/Spirituality Cluster of Mayor Cleaver’s Task Force on Race Relations calls for a “Council of Congregations”

1996 Crescent Peace Society formed

1997? Mayor Cleaver boosts idea of Congregational Partners, at first independent, then a part of Harmony, working at least through  2005 when it had 29 congregations involved (Janet Moss).

??? MLK Interfaith Service, originally Christian-Jewish, expanded when?

2000? Spirit of Service (a couple years around 2000)

2000 Dec 31 the “Future is Now” begin in 1986 becomes the World Peace Meditation and is hosted annually by the Rime Buddhist Center

2001 Institute for Spirituality and Health founded with interfaith advisors by Steve Jeffers at Shawnee Mission Medical Center

2001 Sep 16 City-wide interfaith “Remembering and Renewing” Observance arranged by CRES and the Council at the suggestion of Congressman Dennis Moore

2001 Oct 26-28 “Gifts of Pluralism” Interfaith Conference with 250 folks from every faith tradition participating, with talks, workshops, small groups and a concluding Declaration unanimously approved.

2002 Sep 10 Jackson County (Religious) Diversity Task Force submits 77-page Report on the five-county area

2002 Sep 11 Interfaith Day-long city-wide First Anniversary Observance of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, beginning at Ilus Davis Park, with a procession to Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, concluding with an interfaith ceremony and workshops. Some 50 congregations and 14 faiths were involved. As well as participation from civic leaders, the KC Symphony, Lyric Opera and KC Ballet.

2002 Oct 13 CBS special on interfaith work in Kansas City

2003 Adam Hamilton, UM Church of the Resurrection, preaches a series, "Christianity and the Religions of the World," using local leaders of Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist faiths

2004 Institute of Interfaith Dialogue establishes presence in Kansas City and offers an evening of Whirling Dervishes at the Lyric Theater, later establishes Raindrop Turkish House in Lenexa

2005 CRES encourages the Council to become independent; it reorganizes as The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. It holds its first annual Table of Faiths luncheon

2005 First Salaam Shalom Celebration

2007 June 13-27, first national Interfaith Academies held in Kansas City, one for religious professionals, one for students, run concurrently, with international participation. Kansas City was selected because of the accessibility of site visits to supplement the classroom instruction, by partners Religions for Peace-USA and Harvard University’s Pluralism Project.
   “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.
     “In a recent column, he wrote, ‘Community is created not so much by intellectual debate but by people getting to know one another.’ I am struck by the innovative ways the people have gotten to know one another here, from CRES and the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council to the play, ‘The Hindu and the Cowboy’ and the Gifts of Pluralism conference.”
   —Ellie Pierce,  principal researcher for The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
     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. 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.

2007 First Annual Festival of Faiths

2008 December CRES publishes the last issue of “Many Paths”

2009 The North American Interfaith Network holds its annual convention here

2009 CRES concludes its independent programming with its final annual Family Thanksgiving Sunday Interfaith Ritual Meal, and other organizations agree to arrange it for the future.

2010 First Annual "Vern Barnet Interfaith Service Award" initiated at the 26th annual Thanksgiving Sunday Ritual Dinner, November 21, 2010, at the Regnier Center, Johnson County Community College, co-sponsored by the Heartland Chapter - Alliance of Divine Love and the Johnson County Community College Office of International Education and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in cooperation with the interfaith community with meeting support from All Souls UU Church and cooperative partners The Greater Kansas City, Interfaith Council, 3HO Kundalini Yoga Center, Baha'i Faith Community of Greater Kansas City, Community Christian Church, Crescent Peace Society, Cultural Crossroads, Culturally Speaking, Festival of Faiths, , Hatebusters, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center, Rime Buddhist Center, Sikh Dharma of Kansas City, Urantia Book Fellowship, and Vedanta Society.