Past Events

June 2018 Events

posted May 7, 2018, 5:40 AM by Clare Stern   [ updated Jun 15, 2018, 7:29 AM ]

May and June Events

posted Apr 30, 2018, 5:13 AM by Clare Stern   [ updated May 7, 2018, 5:35 AM ]

March and April Events

posted Apr 30, 2018, 4:24 AM by Clare Stern

November Events

posted Oct 21, 2017, 7:21 AM by Clare Stern   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

October Events

posted Sep 11, 2017, 12:45 PM by KC IYA   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 9:33 AM by Clare Stern ]

KCIYA will serve from 12-2pm!

Cherith Brook Work Day

posted Sep 1, 2017, 8:18 AM by KC IYA

Sept. 12, 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. 

3308 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64127

    Learn about the philosphy of living communaully by volunteering at a place that is truly everyone helping everyone else. Expect to help with cooking or cleaning while learning about their altruistic philosphoyWe will be helping  Email Alex Sher ( to sign up. Rides can be provided.

Youth Workshop with IFYC Alumni

posted Sep 1, 2017, 8:16 AM by KC IYA

Youth Workshop with IFYC Alumni

posted Jan 14, 2016, 1:19 PM by Alex Sher   [ updated May 25, 2017, 12:57 PM by KC IYA ]
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. 

Summer 2017 Events

posted Sep 1, 2017, 7:55 AM by KC IYA


 Interested in planning, organizing and cultivating change in Greater KC in the area of religious pluralism... a deep desire to collaborate with their peers to become the next generation of interfaith leaders- this will be our TEAM AWESOME!

When: Sunday, June 4th 1-3pm

Where: Foo's Fabulous Café, 9421 Mission Rd, Leawood, KS 66206 
If you have questions, comments, and/or concerns, email Clare Stern at

Interfaith and International Film Night

KCIYA and SevenDays® are partnering with Global Ties THREE times this summer you can meet, engage, and provide hospitality to international students.
-Dinner will be provided
-One night in each week listed below will be a film night.

July: 18th-30th (Mexico)

August 1-15 (Iraq)

August 13-24th (Caribbean)

-Dialogue and prizes will follow the movie

Date, time, and location of the film screening to be announced in mid-June. 

Interfaith Field Trip: Crescent Peace Society's " Meet a Muslim" event

posted Sep 1, 2017, 7:49 AM by KC IYA   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 12:43 PM ]

Interfaith Field Trip!

Youth, join us at Crescent Peace Society's 
"Meet a Muslim" event!

The Crescent Peace Society is a non-profit organization that seeks to build bridges between people of the Islamic faith and those of other faiths or no faith at all. We believe that by overcoming our differences and getting to know one another we can help foster a more inclusive and respectful society. ​

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. 

Where: 10800 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210 

What to wear: Casual (Jeans and a nice shirt)
to Business Casual 

Game Plan:
KCIYA-SevenDays Youth will meet in the Lobby of the hotel for a brief minute. We will then move into the ballrooms where the event takes place. Once the event has concluded, we will have a guided discussion. 

Brian McLaren Comes to KC!

posted Sep 1, 2017, 7:34 AM by KC IYA   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 10:12 AM ]

Brian McLaren Comes to Kansas City!

A Conversation on Interfaith Leadership and the Youth Voice (14-19yrs. old) 

with Brian McLaren 

High school youth are invited to come meet with Brian McLaren on Sunday, September 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at Second Presbyterian Church (318 E 55th Street, KC, MO  64113) for an engaging conversation with a nationally known leader and writer.


Brian is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.  Brian wrote on the importance of interfaith relations in the 2012 book “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?”  The book explores the intersection of religious identity, inter-religious hostility, and human solidarity.


This event is free, but registration is required as space is limited.  For questions or more information, contact Jon Willis(

Click here to register for the Interfaith Leadership and the Youth Voice with Brian McLaren

Attached below is a flyer for the event. Please consider sharing! 

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