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David E Nelson
CRES senior associate minister
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email:humanagenda@gmail.com
website:http://www.humanagenda.com
 
The Reverend David E Nelson, DMin, has been serving as Associate Minister at CRES since 1995, and Senior Assoicate Minister since 2014, leading and assisting in its educational, ceremonial, and networking services to the community.

David and his wife, Ann, and children, Lars and Lucia, came to Kansas City in 1981, and have become well-acquainted with the community in many ways, and is a key figure in interfaith work here. David's appreciation of all religious traditions is well known.

David served on the Kansas City Interfaith Council as its Protestant member before becoming its chair. When the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council was formed, David served for three years as the Convener.  He currently facilitates the Vital Conversations Program of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council.  For two years he was the coordinator of the Christian Jewish Muslim Dialogue Group.  He provides spiritual direction for men of all religious and spiritual traditions in the Life Connections Program with USP Leavenworth. In addition, his distinguished work as a teacher, appreciative inquiry coach, and spiritual director bring the breadth and excellence to CRES for the benefit of the wider community.

David is a sought-after conference key-note speaker. He has been a consultant to Head Start programs in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, and regularly teaches in a national Emergency Medical Services training program as Senior Consultant with Fitch & Associates.

David received his bachelor degree in history and political science from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.  His master's degree in divinity, and his doctorate degree in ministry are both from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of that school, conveying a Doctor of Ministry program in Kansas and Missouri. He also is a graduate of the two-year program in spiritual direction with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction in Washington, DC.

David served as Senior Pastor at Saint James Lutheran Church in Kansas City for 13 years.  He also served Peace Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Kansas, and at Andover Lutheran in Windom, Kansas five years each.

David enjoys writing and telling stories which help him and others live more aware of the sacred in life.  Many people have heard David say "We live all of our lives in the presence of the sacred, but we often need to pause and remind ourselves of that reality.”

A formal resume follows.


 
 
David E. Nelson, D. Min.
humanagenda@gmail.com
www.humanagenda.com 
Phone:  816.453.3835 office --- 816.896.3835 cell
· 
Career Objective - “I believe in the worth of every person and seek to build a world where diversity is celebrated, human dignity is enhanced and unity becomes the norm.”

Professional skills 
+ Coaching individuals for their personal and professional best
+ Teaching and training adults for change and growth in variety of settings
+ Organizational development using “Appreciative Inquiry”
+ Consultation of groups working toward better teamwork and higher quality
+ Public speaking for group empowerment
+ Building bridges between diverse communities
+ Assisting others to celebrate diversity

Career History
+ Appreciative Inquiry Coach – The Human Agenda LLC since 1994 
+ U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, KS in the “Life Connections Program” 
+ Senior Consultant with Fitch & Associates in Emergency Medical Services
+ Associate Minister World Faiths Center
+ Ordained Minister Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 1971-1993
+ Hospice Director of Spiritual Care (1975-1981: 1990-1993)
+ Educator: Adjunct faulty School of Theology; Retreat leader in various settings; Training teachers and other educators
+ Writer: Published in national magazines and local newspapers: Published adult course on human response to social issues: Use and teach using journaling as growth and support resource
+  Facilitator:  Vital Conversations every month for over 10 years.  “The purpose of a Vital Conversation is not to win an argument but to win a friend and advance civilization.” 

Education
+ Doctor of Ministry - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 
+ Master of Divinity - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 
+ Bachelor of Arts - History & Political Science, Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS
+ Coach University Training
+ Appreciative Inquiry Training – Taos Institute
+ Spiritual Direction Certificate, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction 

Recognitions
+  Center for Religious Education and Study – “For pioneering interfaith work in Kansas City and enriching us with the vision and power of mutual appreciation.”  2007
+  Kansas City Royals - Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat 2013 

Dr. David Nelson has been leading himself and others for all of his adult life.  In his relationship with a great diversity of people he recognizes a mysterious and wonderful human connection. Through The Human Agenda, Dr. Nelson continues his life-long passion to live fully and invite others to live fully. He provides resources and coaching for people and organizations to claim their full human potential. Recent projects include his work as a coach to leaders in Emergency Medicine and 911 Dispatch Centers in the US and Canada.  Since 2008 he has been the Life Connections Program Facilitator at the USP Leavenworth, Kansas where he coaches men who are changing their thinking and their behavior before release from incarceration.  The most requested topics include team building, emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, “Appreciative Supervision”, and leadership.  His passion for people, energy for getting the task completed, and human leadership skills enable him to support you in being the wonderful human beings you really are.

The Human Agenda
5735 N. Clinton Lane
Kansas City, MO 64119
 


THE HUMAN AGENDA

Dr. David Nelson has been leading himself and others for most of his life.
He is part of the movement for human liberation.
In his relationship with a great diversity of people
he recognizes a mysterious and wonderful human connection.
Through THE HUMAN AGENDA, David continues his life-long passion
to live fully and invite others to live fully.
His organization provides resources and coaching
for people and organizations to claim their full human potential.
He is a personal coach, motivational speaker, consultant, and trainer.
His passion for people, energy for getting the task completed,
and human leadership skills enable him to support you
in being the wonderful human being you really are.



 

CRES staff members Vern, David, Ed, and Maggie on Maggie's veranda 
at an October staff meeting early in the CRES story.

 

David's website:
http://www.humanagenda.com

David's email:
humanagenda@gmail.com



 




 
 

David's Invocations
for the Legislative Sessions 
of the Kansas City, MO City Council
2007 February
Click here for video page including David.





February 1
      Creator and Lover of the World and the Universe.  We pause to remind ourselves that we live all of life in your sacred presence.
      Sacred Beacon of Justice, we place ourselves as a council under your overarching model of justice for all as we proceed in our business of providing leadership for this great city.
      Sacred Mountain of Peace, we look to your presence to enable us to promote a safe place for all people.  May we lead this city in creating safety in our streets and in all our neighborhoods.
      Sacred Light House of Hospitality, we long for you to implant in our hearts and minds the ways of welcome.  Assist us to make Kansas City the most welcoming community in the world for all people.  May we set a high standard for the celebration of pluralism and find delight in the rich diversity of our neighbors.
      Fill this time with an awareness of your presence.  Amen

February 8
     O Great One Who Creates, Transforms, and Unites, The citizens of this great city recognize, name and celebrate you in many ways.
     We share, however, a sense of awe in the wonders of creation:  A brilliant sunrise, a mighty wind, a gentle rain, a soothing song of a bird, and the growing and declining of the moon.
     The citizens of this great city recognize, name and celebrate you in many ways.
     We share, however, a common desire for the healing of the human spirit: from the bonds of alcohol and drugs, from the depression of the mind, the fear from the unknown, and from the inner inklings that block our personal enlightenments.
     The citizens of this great city recognize, name and celebrate you in many ways.
     We are united, however, in a passion for justice and a stronger sense of community:  The deep felt desire to live free from crime and senseless violence; The longing for connections between people from different backgrounds, a growing appreciation of the arts and sports that give opportunities for us to party together, an excitement of a downtown that feels like our common home.
     The citizens of this great city recognize, name and celebrate you in many ways.
     We are one in our support of leaders who with integrity and courage lead us into the future, taking the best of our past and building on it, creating a vision of our future that pulls us forward.  Fill this hall with your wisdom and fill each person here with a sense of the sacred and the fully human.
     O Great One Who Creates, Transforms, and Unites; the citizens of this great city recognize, name and celebrate you in many ways.  Be with us here and now and as we scatter from this place of business to live and to learn more of your wonders.  Amen

February 15
      Between now and when you meet next week our Hindu sisters and brothers will celebrate Mahashivaratri, a festival dedicated to Shiva.  The night before the feast, Hindus recite texts, sing and tell stories in honor of this God whose dynamic cosmic dance creates, preserves, destroys, and recreates the world.  There is a wonderful statue of Shiva in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
      The 18th, next Sunday, is the first day after the new (dark) moon and is a religious and cultural festival celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans of Buddhist and other backgrounds as New Year’s Day for the year 4705, the Year of the Pig.
      Next Wednesday, February 21, is Ash Wednesday, the First Day of Lent, on the Western Christian calendar.  This begins a forty-day period (excluding Sundays) of prayer, repentance and self-denial that precedes Easter.
      We have such a wonderfully diverse city.

Let us pray – As leaders of this great city, we rejoice in the gifts of religious and cultural pluralism.  We ask that we might be open to the wisdom of all our sisters and brothers.  We pray for a growing sensitivity to the issues of the environment.  We seek to lead a city into more opportunities for personal growth and wholeness.  We ask that our leadership model the commitment for nurturing a safer, and enlightened community.  Amen

February 22
    Thanks on behalf of all people of faith. We have a wonderfully diverse city. That diversity of faith communities is one of the factors that make ours a great city. Your leadership is another of the factors that keep us on the right track. Let us pray:

God of worlds and planets, of peoples and creations, we pause in the business of our lives to recognize and reflect upon the power you have entrusted to us. May we have the wisdom to use that power and our influence to build up the whole human family and especially the citizens and guests of this great city. May Kansas City be recognized by those within and without as a city that:
* Values neighborhoods and neighborly people
* Cherishes education and wisdom
* Promotes justice and compassion
* Encourages business and rewards hard work
* Supports the arts and rewards our artists
* Celebrates together as a wonderfully diverse family
* Models politics that add value to the lives of all.

     Bless us during this time together and keep us on track to live the lives that are worthy of the sacred trust we have been given. Amen.