Kansas City News
Intercultural Trip to Turkey - August 2006

turkeytrip2006.jpgThe Institute of Interfaith Dialog and Raindrop Turkish House in Greater Kansas City area hosted Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II 10 days in Turkey, August 13th to 23rd, 2006. Some of the attendees were the Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II from Missouri's 5th congressional district, Dianne Cleaver, Emmanuel Cleaver, III, Sharon Cleaver, Rev. Wallace Hartsfield, Mrs. Matilda Hartsfield, Rev. Edward Stevenson, Jane Stevenson, Dr. Myron McCoy, president of St Paul school of Theology, Karen McCoy, Randell Ferguson, Helen Porter, Rev. Robert (Bob) Hill, Community Christian Church and Genaro Ruiz. The starting and ending place was Istanbul. Upon arriving to Istanbul Group took a bluer cruise tour in Bosphorus. (13-23 August, 2006 Turkey)

Whirling Dervishes of Rumi

whirling_dervishes.jpgIn generosity and helping others BE LIKE A RIVER

In Compassion and grace BE LIKE SUN 

In concealing others’ faults BE LIKE DEAD 

In modesty and humility BE LIKE EARTH 

In tolerance BE LIKE A SEA


The Institute of Interfaith Dialog and Raindrop Foundation Kansas City organized a display of Whirling Dervishes on September 28th, 2004, at the Lyric Opera House. More than 1000 gathered to see the display of Dervishes from Turkey and to learn the symbolism behind each part of the Sema, from the clothing, to the hand positioning, to the music, to the always immobile left foot of each dervish. (September28, 2004 Kansas City, KS)

Upcoming Event: 6th Annual Intercultural Friendship and Dialog Dinner

annual_dinner_6th.jpgThe Institute of Interfaith Dialog (IID) and Raindrop Turkish House in collaboration with the Gulen Institute, and UMKC is hosting the 6th Annual Intercultural Friendship and Dialog dinner on Thursday, September 24th at 06:30 p.m. The event will be at UMKC Pierson Auditorium.

UMKC University Center

Pierson Auditorium

5100 Rockhill Road Kansas City, MO 64110

Please RSVP by September 15th, 2009

RSVP at www.interfaithdialog.org/rsvp

at (913) 894-6700

or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A Summer Picnic at Windsor Park in Prairie Village

kansas_city_turkish.jpgPicnics are  fun way for people and families to enjoy the outdoors and spend time together. Kids always love being outside especially when they are with their families and friends. On Sunday August 16th a group of Turkish-Americans living in the Greater Kansas City area, American Families and their kids picnicked at Windsor Park in Prairie Village. The smell of grilling meat, children running and playing in the open spaces, summer sounds from insect and bird, people laughing over stories of their lives; all of this brought back memories of other times in other villages. (August16, 2009 Prairie Village, KS)

Raindrop Turkish House Hosted a Youth Group from St. Paul's United Methodist Church
youthgroup.jpgRaindrop Turkish House hosted a youth group and their instructors along with Rev. Dr. Jim Darby from St. Paul's United Methodist Church for a breakfast. At the program, Institute of Interfaith Dialog Representative Mr. Ozcan gave some basic information about the faith of Islam, what Muslims believe, how they perceive God, and the main practices and holidays of the faith of Islam, presentation followed with a question and answer part. Guests also had a chance to learn more about Turkish culture and its rich history. (April 6, 2009 Lenexa, KS)
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