FOR THE GREATER KANSAS CITY INTERFAITH COUNCIL
strategic planning
 

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  30 MINUTE PREVIEW
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1. Except from CBS Special Open Hearts, Open Minds, first ten minutes (10 min):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTTtQbeXf-U&feature=youtu.be

2. 9/11 Commemoration Service 2002   (3 min) :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwtBzjlC8yk&feature=youtu.be

3. Scroll through photos at  (2 min)
https://www.cres.org/pubs/911_2011/index.htm

4. Summary Report and Concluding Declaration, "Gifts of Pluralism" (5 min)
https://www.cres.org/gifts/index.htm

5. Scroll through and read captions about the Interfaith Academies (5 min)
https://www.cres.org/pubs/ifa/ifaSum.htm

6. Theoretical chart for research  ( 5 min)
https://www.cres.org/index1.html#chart
 

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  ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY RESOURCES
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11. A History of the Kansas City Interfaith Council
with
      KC's Organizational Failure
      United Way Study of Models
      "Hub" concept
     Criteria for Membership
      and other documents
https://www.cres.org/pubs/HistoryIFC.htm

12. Umbrella proposal
https://www.cres.org/pubs/umbrella.pdf

13. Interfaith Milestones
https://www.cres.org/pubs/milestones.htm
 

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  EXTRAS
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21. The Hindu and the Cowboy
https://www.cres.org/pubs/HinduCowboy.htm

22. Mayors Prayer Breakfast
https://www.cres.org/pubs/MayorsPrayerBreakfast.pdf

23. Interfaith Thanksgiving Sunday Family Ritual Meal
https://www.cres.org/pubs/Thgvg.htm

24. Sample issue of MANY PATHS with 4-page insert at end
https://www.cres.org/pubs/mp0810.pdf

25. Interfaith Waters
https://www.cres.org/memorial/index.htm#waters

26. JACKSON  COUNTY DIVERSITY TASK FORCE
https://www.cres.org/pubs/dtf/index.htm
 

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SOME TURNING POINTS FOR CRES

* 1982 CRES founding, mission, motto, etc  -- the Center for Religious Experience and Study -- a multi-faith institute.
* 1984 CRES The Release, later Many Paths, a 12-page monthly
> 1984 Japan
* 1985 CRES began an annual Family Thanksgiving Sunday Interfaith Ritual Meal
> 1986 India
> 1986 "Islam and the Muslim World" with International Relations Council
> 1987 Japan, Korea
> 1988 NAIN conference, steering committee
> 1989 Joint workshop with Press Club
> 1989 Christian Jewish Muslim Dialogue Group
* 1989 May 11 The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council was created as a program of CRES, with religions from A to Z:  American Indian, Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian Catholic, Christian Protestant, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Sikh, Sufi, Ubitarian Universalist, Zoroastrian (planned then, Christian Orthodox was added later)
> 1989 Aug 21 Harmony Religion Task Force Covenant signed (expanded to include nontheistic faiths)
> 1990 KCTA "graduation"
* 1994-2012 The Kansas City Star invited me to write a professional, Wednesday FYI column, "Faith and Beliefs," continuing for 947 columns, ending in 2012, along with other interfaith columns CRES helped to initiate
> 1994 United Way study
> 1994 Spain (Andulusia)
> 1996 Mayor's Task Force on Race Relations
> 1997 -- CRES began its web presence with an abundance ot information
> 1997 Egypt, Jordan
> 1999 Umbrella proposal
> 2001 Science and Religion conference: Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley
> 2001 Sept 11 press conference
> 2001 Sept 16 Public Interfaith Observance
> The Jackson County task force to survey the 5-county area after 9/11(which I cahired) we produced a 35,000 word report delivered September 10, 2002
* 2001 Oct (26)-27-28 Gifts of Pluralism Conference with 250 folks participating, and a pre-conference event for youth Oct 26; the conference issued a significant statement about what we can learn from each other, with a concluding declaration about the three families of faith responding to the three crises of secularism
> 2002 May 24 Vita Conversations begin
> 2002 August -- A CBS film crew spent a week in Kansas City filming our interfaith activities
* 2002 Sept 10 9/11 Jackson County Diversity Task Force
* 2002 Sept 11 CRES led a day-long, metro-wide day-long (from dusk into the night) interfaith observance of the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks
* 2002 Oct 13 -- CBS-TV broadcast nation-wide a half-hour special from its week with us in August, supplemented by locally-produced video on 2002 September 11.
> 2004 CBTS
> 2005 Turkey
* 2005 January 1 CRES spins off the Interfath Council
> subsequent CRES workshops, teaching, writing, awards, programs, appearances, etc
> 2005 Mayors Prayer Breakfast controversy
> 2005 Nov 10 First Table of Faiths luncheon
> 2006 KCT award
> 2007 May SPST
> 2007 KCPT Talk Back Live (Steve Rose)
* 2007 June 13-27 -- The nation's first "Interfaith Academies" for professionals and students sponsored by Harvard's Pluralism Project, Religions for Peace-UN Plaza, and others was held here, with arrangements by CRES.
> 2009 -- The North American Interfaith Network holds its annual convention here.
> 2010 -- An Annual "Vern Barnet Interfaith Service Award" was initiated and presented as part of a Thanksgiving Interfaith tradition CRES led from 1985-2009
> 2013 Radcliffe Publishing in London issued the 740-page interfaith manual, The Essential Guide to Religious Traditions and Spirituality for Health Care Providers, which I edited with three others here with contributions from some Council members
> 2013 Baptist-Muslim Conference
> 2014 Apr 13 AntiSemetic Murders here
> 2014 Sept 21 Installation of Plaza Library collection lecture
> 2015 Thanks for Noticing: The Interpretation of Desire, my book of 154 sonnets with extensive notes about references to world religions was published
> 2016 Represent Interfaith at Bishop Johnston's installation
       (I include this as a glaring example where a decade after the Council was spun off from CRES, I was still the point person for interfaith representation.)
> 2017 Feb Interfaith Candlemas
> 2017 Feb 22 murder of Hindu here
> 2018 Feb 2 Interfaith Candlemas
> 2018 CBTS "Ministry in a Pluralistic World"
> 2021 Al Brooks memoir
-- Our situation is much changed since 1982, with the development of many groups doing various kinds of interfaith work, but CRES is the longest continuing stand-alone multi-faith organization in the KC region.