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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)

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)
Raindrop Turkish House Hosted Dialog Organizations
round_table.jpgRaindrop Turkish House hosted a round table meeting organized by Interfaith Council. The purpose of the gathering was to improve relationship among the different dialog organizations in Kansas City area. The event started with a tour of the Raindrop Turkish House and continued with the breakfast prepared by Turkish Americans. During the meeting participants had a chance to introduce their organizations to one another and talked about their ongoing and upcoming events. (April 8, 2009 Lenexa, KS)
A taste of Turkish Culture - Henna Night
henna_night.jpgIn any culture the rituals of marriage can bring tears of joy and sadness. With every welcoming gesture of being part of a new family, there is also a sad farewell to your own family and history. On March 26th a Turkish Bridal Party or Henna Night was sponsored by the Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center in Lenexa Kansas. Women of the Book experienced a Turkish tradition for celebrating the evening before the wedding. Handmade items were displayed. These gifts from the mother and mother-in-law are seen as examples of the domestic talents of each family. The bride enters the room veiled and sits in the middle of the gathering as a sad story is sung about a young woman who leaves her family to live with her husband.  (March 26, 2009 Lenexa, KS)
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