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Come to the Table of Faiths by Ed Chasteen

Table of Faiths

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sheraton Crown Center

Kansas City, MO

6-9 PM.


One Family One World One Future


This year on Tuesday, April 21, Table of Faiths meets at the Sheraton Crown Center Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35. This event is sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, giving us all the rare opportunity to meet folks from every faith community found right here in our neighborhood.

As President of HateBusters and as Ambassador from Second Baptist Church to Other Communities of Faith, I have bought two tables, each seating 10. The first 20 folks from 2BC to email me ( and sign up will sit at these two tables. I'm also hoping that a couple of others from 2BC might be led to buy a table for 10 and invite some folks to join them. (Those who buy a table for 10 get a 10% discount off the $350.00 cost.) I'm also hoping that individual 2BCers might buy a ticket for $35. My dream for Table of Faiths is that many of us from 2BC will find a friend of another faith, thereby enriching our mutual public lives and our individual spiritual selves. My dream is that 50 members and friends of 2BC will be present at Table of Faiths. Together we can make this happen.


The theme for this year's Table of Faiths is One Family, One World, One Future. For those of us who attend from Second Baptist Church, I would add: One New Friend. During the 180 minutes we are together with folks from the many faith communities who are our neighbors, we will meet dozens of people. We will learn a few facts about their faith. And that is good. The very best thing, though, would be to find a friend, someone with whom during the evening we arrange a follow-up conversation by phone, email, text or maybe a meal together at some convenient place. If at Table of Faiths we exchange email addresses and/or phone numbers with one person of another faith and make a plan to get in touch, I will be happy and think of our time together as a great success.

To illustrate what I have in mind, each day on my blog I will write about folks from many of the faith communities I have met. To read about the friends I have found in our neighboring faith communities, go to

And I would be overjoyed if one day you would email me to tell me about your new friend!

Ed Chasteen, Ambassador

from Second Baptist Church

to Other Communities of Faith


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Posted by Nicole Swanson at Thursday, March 26, 2015

Live Out Loud by Connie McNeill

Science fiction is a very entertaining genre to me. Super heroes, space ships, aliens, things that crawl up out of ground, rise out of the sea, languages not spoken on earth. One reason I like it is because heroes and heroines always emerge in science fiction. Someone has to save humanity!

So, I have a science fiction book/movie plot to share with you. Here’s the premise, something happens to earth and all humans have the ability to think about someone and that person takes on the feelings and beliefs that the other person has about him/her. For example, Harry believes that Juan is very confident and self-reliant so Juan becomes confident and self-reliant. Sarah believes that Jamie is conceited so Jamie becomes conceited. In truth, none of these people are the way it is believed they are until someone decides something about them and they become what is believed.

What happens when Sarah thinks Jamie is conceited but in the next moment Jennie thinks that Jamie is the kindest person she has ever known? What happens if both Sarah and Jennie think that Jamie is extremely insecure? Will poor Jamie suffer from a double dose of insecurity?

The details to make the plot consistent aren’t worked out but it’s an interesting idea don’t you think? Who would you think about and what would you think? Would you seek some kind of revenge on someone? Would you build someone up who needs to realize his or her real value? How would you use your “power?”

Here’s a strange scenario. What if you exercised your power in a consistent way that began to be recognized by others? Would it cause people to fear you? If so, their thoughts would make you a monster. If they admired you, their thoughts would make you a saint? Which would really be you?

Is this part of what God is up to in our lives? Wishing for us? Showing us? Giving us opportunity after opportunity? Oh, that God could “think” us into what God desires for us to be. Or really, oh that I would choose to be all that God already desires for me to be. It’s a little different than my movie/book plot because with God there is a desire for each of us but because God desires it, doesn’t mean it has to happen. God gives us freedom of choice. We can become God’s own but only if and every time we choose to be.

 I do find that the more I choose to be God’s own, my thoughts about others change. I wish for them better things. I do not wish them pain or for evil to come to them. I don’t change them by thinking differently about them but I change. I become better. I become more God’s own. Not perfected but more aware of how much I want to work toward God’s image for me.

If I get really ambitious and out of things to do, I might take a crack at the book/movie idea. In the meantime, I believe that secret thoughts don’t make us who we are. Living out loud makes us who we are. “Live long and prosper.”

Read more from Connie on her blog at

Posted by Nicole Swanson at Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hillcrest Hope | Church Partner Meeting Announced


We are very excited to announce an upcoming Church Partner Informational Meeting for Hillcrest Hope.  This special meeting is for all of our current church partners and for any church who is looking for a wonderful opportunity for their church to become involved in serving others in a very real way.  Come hear from current church partners regarding their best-practices in serving the families of Hillcrest Hope.  You will also hear from our staff providing detail about Church Partners and encouraging words for the work you do.  Also learn more about the other serving opportunities for groups, individuals and families.   This informational meeting is for our current church partner contacts, any other volunteers from those churches who would like to learn more about serving with Hillcrest Hope, and any new churches who would like to hear more about how they can help us serve the homeless families of Clay County.  Hope to see you there!

Church Partner Informational Event 
Tuesday, April 7  6:30 p.m. 

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Room 317
Refreshments provided No childcare provided The meeting will last approximately an hour.  The entire Hillcrest Hope staff will be in attendance and available for questions after the meeting.

What is a Church Partner
Other Ways to Serve
Q & A  



Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, March 12, 2015