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When Hate Is The Motive We Are All Targets
by Ed Chasteen
He hated Jews. So he killed two Methodists and a Catholic. Sounds like a sick joke. But it happened. Right here in Greater Kansas City.
     On a pleasant Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014, a man's whose website rants against Jews went to the Jewish Community of Greater Kansas City and used a shotgun to kill a 69 year old grandfather and his 14 year old grandson as they sat in their car. He then went to Shalom Village a short distance away where he shot and killed a 54 year old woman making her weekly visit to her mother. The man with the gun in his hand and hate in his heart targeted two Jewish sites and killed three Christians.
     The grandfather and grandson were members of a Methodist church, coming to the Jewish Community Center so the grandson could audition for a singing contest. The woman was a member of a Catholic church, visiting her mother who lives at Shalom Village.
     Among us everyday in everyplace live those whose hearts and heads have been given over to a hatred of some group they despise so much that no reason can penetrate. And when they act on that hate, as some always will, they, in their blind fury, strike down whoever comes in sight.
     We all are potential victims. So let us come together now to mourn these three persons who were killed. On an ordinary day when they were doing oirdinary things, blind hatred ended their lives and forever changed the lives of those who loved them.
     Let us also draw close to these two Jewish sites. They are precious places whose presence among us elevates us all, giving us all a glimpse of how we might better live together and treat each other.
    Photo from The Star's website--. Standing left to Vern is Congressman Emanuel Cleaver as clergy and elected officials gathered to conclude the observance at the Jewish Community Center following the terrorist attack targeting Jews but killing two Methodists and a Roman Catholic at Jewish facilitaties, as Ed points out above. One of the speakers was US Attorney General Eric Holder.
  Photo used in the paper Apr 18 --TAMMY LJUNGBLAD | THE KANSAS CITY STAR | CAPTION:  Clergy members, law enforcement, and community and civic leaders were invited to the stage Thursday near the end of an interfaith service honoring the victims of shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom. After lighting candles for the three victims, the crowd rose and sang “Oseh Shalom.”

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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
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but we no longer create our own.
Vern's KC Star column has ended 
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CRES may be the most connected interfaith effort in Kansas City, and the only one wedding academic competence with practical activities, but many groups are involved one way or another in promoting interfaith understanding. An increasing number of organizations bring interfaith awareness to their work. For a list, please see our report, KC Interfaith Opportunities, and let us know about the groups we missed.

And you as an individual, you can encourage America’s tradition of pluralism by

    *  supporting these organizations,
    *  writing newspapers,
   *  phoning in on talk shows,
    *  arranging CRES programs for your groups
    * arranging speakers from many faiths for your groups

     and specifically, working through CRES, you can

   *  use our INTERFAITH PASSPORT to visit various religious groups and build relationships
   *  write report on events for Many Pathsand our website
    *  represent CRES at meetings
    *  help to prepare Many Paths for mailing
    *  research (such as helping us to compile information about our religious pluralism in the area, such as our work on Islamand on Buddhism
    *  volunteer to assist with CRES workshops, etc
    *  provide your special skills and talents, such as providing music for one of our programs, assisting with publicity, hosting a fund-raiser in your home to acquaint friends with CRES and Many Paths, assist with our web site, tape CRES appearances, etc.
    *  contribute your own creativity through CRES
   *  support the work with a financial contribution to CRES

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CRES is a 501(c)(3) charity as determined by the IRS in its 1985 July 17 letter. It is a Kansas not-for-profit also registered in Missouri. It is operated by a Board of Directors and led by the Rev Vern Barnet, DMin and a volunteer staff

CRES, with its scholarly capacities and practical networking,  has been central tothe development of interfaith work in Kansas City and has been nationally recognized by CBS-TV, Harvard University's Pluralism Project, and in other ways. 

Because of our professional volunteer staff, your gift to CRES provides an enormous "bang for the buck."

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