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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.” 
—Ellie Pierce, principal researcher for Harvard University's Pluralism Project, 2007.
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founded by CRES in 1989
hosted by CRES through 2004
 now independent with our blessings
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Sacred-Profane CHART: Surrender Share Save
Revere Repent Repair --Feel Flow Flourish  -- Play Practice Participate 

The three arenas of the sacred: nature, personhood, community

Share the wisdom of the world's spiritual traditions 
in our overwhelmingly secularistic and fragmented age, to reverse
the endangered environment,
the violation of personhood,
and the broken community
so that we may be
restored with nature,
the self made whole,
community in covenant,
and the sacred found afresh.


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

  Getting Started Doing Interfaith Stuff


Basic Book
Bud Heckman: InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Communinty-Building Handbook, 2008


  • The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, www.kcinterfaith.org 
  • Bill’s “Faith Matters” Blog, http://billtammeus.typepad.com/
  • CRES, www.cres.org
  • Cultural Crossroads, www.culturalcrossroads-kc.org
  • Festival of Faiths, http://festivaloffaithskc.org/
  • The Human Agenda, http://humanagenda.typepad.com/
Interfaith Primers





contact staff@cres.org, Box 45414, Kansas City, MO 64171

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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."

Please draw your check to
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Crescat scientia, vita excolator -- Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched. --University of Chicago motto