Past Events

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. 

Service in August

posted Sep 1, 2017, 7:29 AM by KC IYA   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 7:29 AM ]

Service on a Second Saturday at Cherith Brook 

Event Timing: Saturday, August 12, 2017

9 am to 12:30 pm

Event Address: 3308 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64127

Contact Clare at

Shabbat Dinner and Faitheist Book Discussion

posted Aug 6, 2015, 2:08 PM by Alex Sher   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 8:21 AM by KC IYA ]

September 11, 6 p.m.   

13906 Canterbury Circle, Leawood, KS 

In an increasingly divided world between the religious and the secular, Faitheist makes the argument for collaboration between those who believe and those who do not. As someone who left Christianity due to his sexuality, Chris Stedman struggled with accepting those of faith because of the close-mindedness he encountered. Email Alex Sher ( to request a copy of the book.  We will enjoy a Shabbat dinner together and discuss the book.

Intro to Scientology Event

posted Aug 6, 2015, 2:01 PM by Alex Sher   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 8:22 AM by KC IYA ]

August 15, 7 p.m. 

Church of Scientology, 2 E. 39th St., KC, MO

Learn about Scientology from an inside perspective by sharing pizza with youth from the Church of Scientology. We will be watching a short film about Scientology and then will have the opportunity for dialogue with youth from Kansas City's Church of Scientology. Email for more information or a ride.  

Promises Screening with Global Ties KC

posted Jul 17, 2015, 8:09 AM by Alex Sher   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 8:23 AM by KC IYA ]

Meet Mexican students while watching a movie promoting cross cultural dialogue to promote peace. Promises explores the lives of 7 youth growing up within 20 minutes of each other in Jerusalem. See how hope and peace arise despite a culture of conflict. KCIYA will be co-hosting the event with Global Ties KC, which brings people from around the world to KC. Pizza will be provided. Email for more information or a ride.

5 p.m. Second Presbyterian (318 E. 55th Street, KC, MO)   

Volunteer at Cultivate KC

posted Jun 22, 2015, 8:09 AM by Alex Sher   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 8:24 AM by KC IYA ]

Cultivate KC  

July 11, 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. 

Gibbs Road Farm - 4223 Gibbs Road, Kansas City, KS 66106

    Get your hands dirty with KCIYA! Help Kansas City’s healthy food community alongside local farmers. Garden tools will be provided, but do bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for getting dirty. Email Alex Sher ( to sign up. Rides can be provided.

Hobart Shakespeareans Movie Showing

posted Jun 22, 2015, 8:08 AM by Alex Sher   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 8:25 AM by KC IYA ]

Hobart Shakespeareans Movie Showing 

July 1, 5 p.m. 

Second Presbyterian, 318 E. 55th St. KC, MO

Witness the amazing story of overcoming  obstacles, teamwork and accomplishment. Hobart Shakespearean is about recent Latino and Asian immigrants in an inner city LA school that performs Shakespeare. Be inspired by these students achieving great things despite all of the disadvantages they face.  

Pizza will be provided. Email alex@kciya.orgfor more information or a ride. 

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