Kansas City News
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)

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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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Upcoming Event: Book Signing with Dr. Jill Carroll...

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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)

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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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Kansas City Raindrop Women Association Celebrated Motherís Day
mothers_day.jpgA young man falls in love with a girl. His love for her was genuine and after a while he asks her to marry him. She, however, felt no such affection for this young man. She then asked him to prove his love by granting her one favor. Her request was a dreadful sacrifice. "If you really love me," she said, "I need to know there is no rival. Prove it to me. Take your mother's life and bring me her heart.  I will serve it to my dog". The young man was tormented with this request but went to his mother and explained. "Mother, I have fallen in love with a beautiful young girl and I wish to marry her.  If I take your heart and give it to her dog, she will marry me. Would you be willing to give me your heart"?  (May 18, 2009 Lenexa, KS)
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