founded and hosted by CRES, 1989-2004
Vern Barnet, convener emeritus
promoting understanding among peoples of all faiths
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Mission Members Staff Working
REPORTS on"THE GIFTS OF PLURALISM" Interfaith Conference
Ongoing TASK FORCES on the crises of secularism
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Indian Spirituality - Kara
............ Biographical Sketch
Baha'i - Barb McAtee email........ Biographical Sketch
- Protestant - Wallace S Hartsfield email.....Biographical
- Roman Catholic - George M Noonan email...........Biographical
Jacques Cukierkorn email.......
Rauf Mir email........Biographical
6400 Prospect, Suite 480, KCMO 64132, 444.7300
Dharma - Karta Purkh S Khalsa email.......Biographical
3525 Walnut, KCMO 64111, 561.5337
1840 Newton, KCMO 64126; 816.483.8077
Universalist - Kathy Riegelmanemail.....Biographical
All Souls UU Church web page link
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America is rooted in
religious pluralism. Religious prejudice is more than silly; it is dangerous
to our community and our nation. When American religious leaders perpetuate
misunderstanding and promote bigotry, we are all shamed. Therefore, we
must express our deep regret over recent inaccurate and divisive remarks
by religious leaders Franklin Graham calling Islam a "wicked religion"
and Jerry Falwell characterizing Muhammad as a "terrorist."
When one faith is attacked, all faiths are jeopardized. We work for a community and a nation celebrating its religious diversity. For over a decade, from 13 different faiths, the members of the Kansas City Interfaith Council have worked together in mutual regard and respect. We urge all to replace prejudice with understanding. Our differences are blessings, and the spirit of kinship unites us all together.
Kara Hawkins (American Indian), Simeon Kohlman Rabbani (Baha'i), Lama Chuck Stanford (Buddhist), the Rev Wallace Hartsfield (Christian-Protestant), Father Pat Rush (Christian-Roman Catholic), Rabbi Joshua Taub (Jewish), Anand Bhattacharyya (Hindu), A Rauf Mir, MD (Muslim), Karta Purkh Sign Khalsa (Sikh), Ali Kadr (Sufi), the Rev Kathy Riegelman (Unitarian Universalist), Mike Nichols (Wiccan), Daryoush Jahanian, MD (Zoroastrian), the Rev David E Nelson (chairman), the Rev Vern Barnet (convener).
STATEMENT ON THE TERRORIST ATTACKS
Members of the Kansas City Interfaith Council
join with religious leaders throughout the world in condemning the terrorism
which struck the United States Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Our prayers
are with the victims and their families and all of us affected by the enormity
of these events.
Our faiths teach us to work for understanding, peace and justice. We call upon all citizens of the region, whatever their faiths, to deepen their commitments and to enlarge their compassion. We must open our hearts to all peoples as we grieve together.
We are concerned that stereotyping may impede our sense of human kinship, and fear may stifle our trust in those of other faiths. We need to grow with mutual reassurance. This is why leaders of the various faiths here join in this common statement.
At the very moments we were learning about the attacks, we were announcing plans for Kansas City's first Interfaith Conference, Oct 27-28. The need for such a conference is made even clearer by the tragic events we have just witnessed.
We have much work to do, and that work must be guided by compassion and understanding.
Simeon Kohlman Rabbani—Bahá’í
The Rev Rayfield Burns (for Wallace Hartsfield)—Christian, Protestant
George M Noonan—Christian, Roman Catholic
Rabbi Joshua Taub—Jewish
A Rauf Mir, MD—Muslim
Karta Purkh S Khalsa—Sikh
Kathy Reigelman—Unitarian Universalist
Daryoush Jahanian, MD—Zoroastrian
David E Nelson—Chair