Interfaith Events

The 11th annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner promotes mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures in Greater Kansas City area. Since 2003, the dinner has served as a way to bridge the leadership of The Dialogue Kansas City in collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, UMKC’s Turkish Student Association and International Dialogue Student Association, along with others on our campus and in our greater community. Reverend Dirk Ficca, who served as Executive Director of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and has twenty years of experience in the global interreligious movement, delivered this year’s keynote address, “Antidote to Extremism”. Awardees included Adam Hamilton, Church of Resurrection, Kimberly Masteller, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Melinda K. Corporon, Founder of Faith Always Wins Foundation and Co-creator of SevenDays Make a Ripple, Change the World, as well as, Kansas City’s Major Sly James.

We were proud to support the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council this past April for the GKCIC Annual Table of Faiths Event. The GKCIC is comprised of Faith Directors representing some 15 specific faith traditions and At-Large Directors from the greater community, all of whom are passionate about multi-faith understanding. Learn more here.

To Light A Candle, a film by Maziar Bahari, highlights the historic and current struggle of members of the Baha’i faith. The Division of Diversity and Inclusion along with the UMKC School of Education, Libraries, Student Government Association, Multicultural Student Organizations Council, as well as, Dialogue Institute Southwest were proud to feature the film as part of a community film screening including a Q&A session with distinguished guests. See the film trailer and learn more about the #Educationisnotacrime campaign here.

Interested in partnering with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion for an interfaith event? Please contact Jennifer Coldiron at