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The dinner was held on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Kansas City, MO.  St, Paul’s ( has always had an active outreach ministry to the community and was a fitting place for such an event.  The awardee of the Vern arnett Interfaith Service Award was Barbara Criswell.  Barbara is proprietor of Aquarius Store for Conscious Living, a leader in the Pagan community, active in the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council and in the Heartland Pagan Alliance, a Mayan Priestess and ceremonialist, and a mentor to spirtual seekers from all paths. The dinner was again catered by NourishKC, which just served its one-millionth meal at the Kansas City Community Kitchen (  Foods included “Traditional” Thanksgiving fare plus kosher turkey and a vegetarian entree, as well as great side dishes and two kinds of pie - mixed berry pies from NourishKC and wonderful pumpkin cheesecakes, donated by Trader Joe’s Foods ( Guest enjoyed music during dinner by Victor Dougherty and Rachel Marie and a performance by Vioces of Gaia, based at Gaia Community, a Pagan UU community in Kansas City,  A traditional highlight of the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner is the Benedictions of Graditude, Interfaith prayers offered by members of the interfaith community on behalf of their various faith traditions;  This year there were benedictions offered on behalf of 12 distinct faith traditions, actiive in the Greater Kansas City area.  Photos appear on our Facebook page at 
The 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR) was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during the first week of November.  (   Three ADL ministors from Kansas City (Revs. Kathleen Bergman, Gregory McCoy and Mary McCoy) attended, as did several other interfaith leaders from the Kansas City area.  Even though we had all attended PoWR in Salt Lake City in 2015, we agree that each one is different - and exhilarating!  We had the opportunity to meet up and have coffee with Rev. Linda Round-Nichols and Rev. Phillip Nichols of Gallup, MN, although we were unable to meet up with other ADL ministers who were also in attendence.  In Toronto (which is the most diverse city in the world and a fitting location for PoWR), there were 14,000 people from 80 countries and over 200 distinct religions!  There were ceremonies and lectures and concerts and workshops from 7 in the morning until 10 at night - and it was necessary to choose between three to five events each hour!  It was an experience of Love and Peace and Joy and Hope.  The first week  of November was not the best time for us, personally, since we had to rush back home for the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner, which made for a hectic time; however, it was another gathering which celebrated diversity and pluralism and well worth the hurried trip home. On April 14, Heartland ADL welcomed a new minister to our fold - Rev. Linda Boyce was ordained by Revs. Gregory L. McCoy and Mary Gibson McCoy in a wonderful ceremony that included friends and family.  See our Facebook page at for photos.
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