I am often intrigued by the various connections I find among people I know who, it turns out, know people I know even though I didn't know it. Follow that?
David Crumm, former religion reporter for the Detroit Free Press, now oversees an excellent site called ReadTheSpirit.com, which also covers religious news and trends. David's company also publishes faith-related books. He and I have known each other for several years. As I was reading his site the other day I came across an item on his opening page about Dan and Sharon Buttry (pictured here) and a new partnership with Central Baptist Theological Seminary in the Kansas City area. The Buttrys and Crumm have been partners in various projects over several years.
I knew Dan's late brother Steve years ago when Steve, like me, was on the staff of The Kansas City Star and Times. Steve died earlier this year at age 62 of pancreatic cancer, a subject he spent the last part of his life writing about.
At Central, an American Baptist seminary where I once audited a two-semester Christian history class, the energetic president Molly T. Marshall is someone I've known since she arrived at the seminary 20 years ago.
So this Crumm-Buttry-Buttry-Marshall path leads me today to point you to the early information about the Central-Buttry partnership related to the Buttrys' work in the area of peace and non-violence. As Central's note about this reports, "The details and exact scope of this new phase of the Buttrys’ work have not been finalized. Central intends to announce the full plans for this collaboration in Spring 2018. Dan launched a website (danbuttry.com) focused on peace and non-violence in the fall of 2016. This website was created to expand the reach of the resources he and Sharon have been developing."
Lots of details have yet to be worked out, but given the global need for fresh avenues to pursue peace in the midst of violence, I'm glad some of that thinking and action will have a Kansas City connection. If that work interests you, have a look at the Central information about it to which I've linked you above on the words "a new partnership."
(Today's photo of the Buttrys is borrowed from ReadTheSpirit.com.)
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