See worksheet below this page
and a different telling of the Council's history at IFCouncilHistory
after the demise of MICA and Ecumendia
MICA (Metropolitan InterChurch Agency)
[expires 76 or 77?]
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.
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.