Kansas City News
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)
Upcoming Event: Book Signing with Dr. Jill Carroll...


In A Dialogue of Civilizations, Dr. Jill Carroll makes a comparison between the Islamic Ideals of Turkish intellectual and philosopher Fethullah Gulen with the thoughts of well-known philosophers-Kant, Confucius, Plato, Sartre and John Stuart Mill - creating a discussion on basic humanistic subjects, such as freedom, education and inherent human dignity. She will be at University of Kansas at Lawrence Campus for the book signing day on September 24th, 2009 at 2:30 – 4:30 pm.  In A Dialogue of Civilizations, Dr. Jill Carroll provides a forum for interfaith dialogue through the progressive Islamic ideals of Turkish intellectual and philosopher Fethullah Gulen. Gulen , who is renowned worldwide for his work promoting education, cross-cultural dialogue and the reconciliation of science and faith, has spent his life thriving to solve societal and spiritual ills. (September 24, 2009 University of Kansas)

Intercultural Trip to Turkey - June 2009

Kansas City Turkish Cultural Center.jpgThis summer’s tour group included teachers, university professors and administrators, a seminary librarian and research director, legislators, a student, a diplomat, and an orthodontist. (See the complete list at the end of this article.) The group visited ancient cities; met with professional organizations, businesspeople, teachers, and students; laughed and chatted with Turkish families; and enjoyed the intriguing and delicious Turkish cuisine.

The starting and ending place was Istanbul, one of the world’s great international cities. Built on countless layers of history, the city’s skyline is punctuated by minarets as well as sky-scrapers and apartment buildings (each with its solar water heaters). On its streets, the group saw every kind of dress, from the most conservative to the most daring, and people doing business, shopping, enjoying the nightlife, and taking the family for an outing. (May 29 - June 12 , 2009)

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