Sept. 22, 2005
Sept. 24-25, 2005, weekend

Sept. 23, 2005

If you live in or anywhere near Kansas City, please try to clear your calendar for this Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, and attend the "Kansas City Helps" special concert at Starlight Theater.

KchelpslogoIt's designed to raise funds for and welcome the 4,000 or so Gulf Coast residents who have relocated to our area after Hurricane Katrina. You can get tickets (they started out as little as $15 but thanks to great underwriting support they're now free, though all donations are accepted) by going to the Kansas City Helps link I've given you or my calling 816-363-7827. And you'll hear all kinds of music from all kinds of groups, including representatives of the Kansas City Symphony.

To me, the wonderful thing about this effort is that it is involving people of many religious traditions. The list of clergy and other faith community leaders signed on to help includes Presbyterians, Jews, Pagans, American Indian Spirituality followers, Southern Baptists, American Baptists, United Methodists, Christians-Disciples of Christ, Unity, Vedanta, Sufis, Hindus, Baha'is, Episcopalians, Muslims, United Church of Christ, Catholics, Buddhists and others.

The Mid America Assistance Coalition will administer proceeds from the event.

Organizers are looking for additional sponsors, too. Please call John Isenberg at 816-918-3388 or Gayle Krigel at 816-363-5438.

We have new neighbors. Let's do all we can to show them hospitality, a virtue all faiths promote.

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