Past Events

Date:  Saturday, January 30, 2016

Location:  Second Presbyterian Church (318 E 55th Street, KC, MO  64113)

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. 

The workshop will be led by two fantastic interfaith leaders who are former staff members of Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core organization in Chicago:

Hannah Kardon:  Hannah received her Master’s in Divinity student from Harvard Divinity School and serves as the pastor at Elston Street United Methodist Church in Chicago. Hannah was previously an Outreach Education & Training Associate at the Interfaith Youth Core, where she designed curricula and worked with institutions such as the University of Illinois, Berea College, Yale University, and the University of Delhi on their inter-religious activities and policies. Her recent honors include selection for the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics and receiving the Hopkins Shareholder award, given to six Harvard Divinity students showing exceptional ministerial promise.  And finally, Hannah was one of the workshop leaders at KCIYA’s previous interfaith youth workshop in 2009.
Hind Makki:  Hind Makki is an interfaith educator who develops and delivers trainings on civic integration through interfaith action, anti-racism education and youth empowerment. She travels throughout the United States and Western Europe, working with diverse communities, leading workshops for civic leaders, interfaith activists and university students. An internationally recognized speaker, Hind has been invited to deliver speeches and workshops on interfaith cooperation, civic integration and developing Muslim women’s leadership to conferences, universities, congregations throughout North America and Western Europe. Hind is the founder and curator of Side Entrance, a crowd-sourced website that documents women’s prayer experiences in mosques around the world. 
The workshop will be divided into three segments — you are encouraged to attend the segment or segments that are the best fit for you:

1)  For adults and high school youth:  The event will kick off with an introduction and two workshops in the afternoon

  • Introduction and Overview of KCIYA (12:30 pm to 1:00 pm)  
  • Storytelling Workshop (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm):  This workshop will provide training and practice on the power of storytelling as a tool for fostering interfaith engagement.  
  • Interfaith Dialogue Facilitation Workshop (3:15 pm to 5:15 pm):  Instead of focusing a dialogue on political or theological differences, the workshop provide training on how to build relationships on the values that we share such as hospitality, compassion, justice, mercy, and care for the earth. The dialogue training focuses on promoting conversations that ask how we can live out those values together to contribute to the betterment of our community.

2)  For everyone:  

  • Community dinner and keynote (5:45 pm to 6:45 pm):  Hind and Hannah will provide an overview of the interfaith youth movement and share stories of the impact that this effort is having in the US and around the world.  KCIYA leaders will share information on past and planned efforts in Kansas City to mentor youth leaders through community service and the building of relationships among those of different faiths and backgrounds.

3)  For high school youth only:

  • Training program on Religious Pluralism + Faith Heros (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm): This workshop will bring together a select group of student leaders from across the KC metro area 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. 

Life in A Day Movie Night

posted Jul 30, 2013, 12:47 PM by KC IYA

The Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance hosted a movie night at Second Presbyterian Church with youth from Central Europe hosted by the Kansas City International Visitor Council's program. We watched the documentary "Life in a Day," a film that is the compilation of youtube videos sent in by people all around the world of snippets of their life on a specific day, July 24th, 2010. After watching this film and enjoying some Waldo's Pizza, the youth discussed how people can be connected in various and random ways and socialized. 

The Hobart Shakespeareans

posted Jul 31, 2012, 3:21 PM by Teresa Butel

At our recent social event with the Kansas City International Visitor's Council, on July 24th, youth from different religions and COUNTRIES gathered together to have a discussion about education. We came together with over 20 youth from all over Central Europe for a fun filled night of ice-breakers, pizza, and a movie! The movie, rather the documentary, was the Hobart Shakespeareans and it challenged everyone present to reflect on how best to engage today's youth- how to make students into LEADERS even at an early age. This documentary focuses on a unique teacher, Rafe Esquith who demands the best from his students living in the urban core of Los Angeles. He combines mathematics, geography, and literature to make his class fun but also rigorous. He demands all of his students read Shakespear and at the end of each school year his class culminates in a student performance of a Shakespearean play. By asking the most of each of his students and going above and beyond himself, he works to change these kids' lives forever.

With our high recommendations, check out this wonderful documentary Hobart Shakespeareans and consider how such collaboration (be it through a play or interfaith service) can empower youth to be leaders for today!

All Kinds of Active

posted Jun 25, 2012, 5:02 PM by Teresa Butel

KCIYA volunteered with the Jewish Community Center for their youth Triathlon on Sunday the 24th. Our troopers were up at the crack of dawn to help set up at 6:00 am! After lending a hand, we also had an opportunity to spread the word about our upcoming Peace Walk. We had several individuals, who were in high spirits despite their arduous exercise in the summer heat, sign up and are excited about their interest in participating! One woman took several flyers and promised to tell everyone she knows! It was an all around fun time, made better by random outbursts of laughter and spontaneous dance parties with friends.

Join us at our next service project (Cultivate KC on July 28th) as we ACTIVELY promote interfaith cooperation through ACTIVE work. 

Food Makes Friend

posted Jun 18, 2012, 11:15 AM by Teresa Butel   [ updated Jun 18, 2012, 11:34 AM ]

KCIYA featured in an article (below) by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Youth Council. Written by our own Alex Sher, the article describes a recent project where youth gathered to prepare a meal for over 500 people at the Kansas City Community Kitchen. This event was a huge success due to the leadership of rising junior Maggie Wilcox, one of our dedicated youth leaders, and provided an opportunity for fun, food, and further dialogue.

Putting Heart Into A Home

posted Jun 15, 2012, 12:42 PM by Teresa Butel   [ updated Jun 20, 2012, 8:50 AM ]

Just last Saturday, June 16th, we partnered with the Matthew 25 Project to paint and repair a house in the Historic Eastside neighborhood.
Youth volunteered from 8am to 2pm with a break for discussion about the role of hospitality in religious enterprises. As we worked alongside members of the neighborhood's Missionary Baptist Church, we experienced such hospitality first-hand. With warm spirits the Pastor and "Mother Bishop" thanked us generously for our efforts to renovate the home of a stranger.
For more information, visit the Matthew 25 website.

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