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Jan 12

Congratulations to Al Brooks on the
announcement by Rockgurst president 
the Rev Thomas B Curran on establishing 
The Alvin Brooks Center for Faith-Justice

Congressman Dennis Moore (1945-2021)
at the CRES Gifts of Pluralism conference.
He died Nov 2. Condolences to us all.
A Champion for Interfaith Understanding

Remembering Kansas City darkness
April 13, 2014 and again February 22, 2017

Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

Gaslighting -- Lying is Good Propaganda

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founded by CRES in 1989
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 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.

NATURE is to be respected, more than controlled; it is a process which includes us, not a product external to us to be used or disposed of. Our proper attitude toward nature is awe, not utility.

WHO WE ARE is deeper than we appear to be: this means our acts should proceed beyond convention, spontaneously and responsibly from duty and comparison, without ultimate attachment to their results.

THE FLOW OF HISTORY toward justice is possible when persons in community govern themselves less by profit and more by the covenant of service.

Those disempowered by a secular age may, through the varied struggles, show THE IMPULSE TOWARD THE SACRED in fresh ways.


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





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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'sPluralism 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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