The Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance (KCIYA) is a collaborative program of individuals who want to change the conversation about religion by empowering youth of all backgrounds and faiths to come together to establish pluralistic understanding and respect by serving their communities. If you are interested in partnering with KCIYA for a service project, or just want to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Calendar of Events
Sunday, January 29 from 1 pm to 3:15 pm: KCIYA/SevenDays™ service project at Harvesters (3801 Topping Ave, Kansas City, MO 64129). Click here to sign up for the event.
Friday, February 24: Project Equality’s Diversity and Inclusion Summit featuring keynote speaker, Eboo Patel. This summit brings together leaders in the civic, educational, financial, governmental, health, corporate and legal communities to discuss where we are on the road to full inclusion, but even more importantly, what strategies will make equality and access a reality for all. More details here.
Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm: Hindu and the Cowboy
In conjunction with Festival of Faiths, SevenDays™ will host a performance of “The Hindu and the Cowboy” at The Art Factory in PrairieFire (5621 W. 135th Street, Suite 2630, Overland Park, Kansas). This powerful one act show, by playwright Donna Ziegenhorn, is inspired by true stories of Kansas City people from many different faith traditions. Among the stories shared are those of a young Muslim and his surprise encounter with New York City firefighters after 9/11, an African-American pastor and the enslaved grandmother he will never forget, a Holocaust survivor turned baker and community care-taker, and the Hindu and the cowboy who come face-to-face over the fate of land in the area. Following the one-hour performance, attendees will engage in a discussion about the messages and lessons imparted. This event is targeted to youth aged 14-20, but anyone interested is invited to attend.
April 18-24: SevenDays™: Make a Ripple, Change the World — Following the April 13, 2014 tragedy at the Jewish Community Campus and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas, a group of caring individuals decided that we, as a community, have the power to outshine and overcome such senseless acts of hate. SevenDays™ is a challenge for young and old, to embrace diversity across race, religion and culture. Through a variety of events hosted each day of SevenDays™ Make a Ripple, Change the World you will be engaged, enriched and enlightened. Join us in our mission to promote interfaith dialogue by engaging all people to discover commonalities and overcome evil with acts of kindness.
Sunday, April 23 at 5:30 pm: Interfaith Youth Workshop
Students aged 14-20 are invited to attend the SevenDays™ Youth Interfaith Dinner and Workshop to interact and learn skills for finding common ground around shared values on which to build collaborative efforts of social action. Values such as compassion, hospitality and caring for the Earth become cooperative service opportunities to engage across the boundaries of religious groups. The workshop will provide skills on how to encourage youth to work together through service projects, bringing people of different faiths together to take common action for the common good. The event will be held at Cleveland Chiropractic College (10850 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66210).
A glimpse of some of our past events: