The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council
PO Box 9117
Mission MO 66202
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 548-2973
Mission Statement
We are growing a sustainable, pervasive culture of knowledge, respect, appreciation and trust amongst people of all faiths and religious traditions in the greater Kansas City community. Vision: “We are building the most welcoming community for all people.”
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Rev. Mary McCoy
Board Chair Company Affiliation ADL
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Former Names
Kansas City Interfaith Council
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement We are growing a sustainable, pervasive culture of knowledge, respect, appreciation and trust amongst people of all faiths and religious traditions in the greater Kansas City community. Vision: “We are building the most welcoming community for all people.”
Background Statement The Kansas City Interfaith Council was formed in 1989 by the Rev. Dr. Vern Barnet. It was Vern’s dream that the Council would bring awareness of the rich diversity of faiths that constitute our community. The Council was hosted by the Center for Religious Experience and Study (CRES) for the first 15 years of its existence. During this time the Council was involved in many ways in our community from the two-day 2001 Gifts of Pluralism conference to the 9/11 Observance, held in 2002. 
January 1, 2005 marked a turning point for the Council. The Council changed from being hosted by CRES to become its own 501(c)(3) organization and received a grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation from Religions for Peace USA to help with this transition process. After a strategic planning meeting, the Council elected officers, looked at structure, and developed committees to address planning, funding, programming, and other issues. Over the months, the Council added several new At-Large members and added Christian-Orthodox and Vedanta to its ranks. Although the Council has always served the greater metropolitan area, the Kansas City Interfaith Council added Greater to its name in order to emphasize its inclusive nature, changing the name to the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC). The consensus model was adopted for decision-making, and the GKCIC revised its mission and goals. 
On November 10, 2005, the GKCIC held its first annual Table of Faiths Celebration and honored Dr. Vern Barnet for his founding of the GKCIC in 1989. The luncheon is considered a fundraising event as well as an education for the community. The luncheon continued on an annual basis until 2013, at which time the Table of Faiths format was changed from a winter luncheon to a spring dinner, held in May 2014.  The GKCIC has been working solely on a volunteer basis, expanding the outreach of the mission through their programs, the involvement of their Speaker's Bureau and various collaboration with other Interfaith and Diversity organizations, except for a brief time from June 2008 until May 2011, when the Council hired an Executive Director.  At the present, the Council employs a part-time assistant. The Council continues to sponsor individual interfaith programs, both alone and in cooperation with other organizations in the community.
Impact Statement The General Goals of the GKCIC are as follows: To develop deeper understanding within the community of each other’s faiths and traditions, and to foster appropriate bilateral and multilateral interfaith dialogue and interaction; To model spiritual and religious values, especially mutual respect and cooperation, in a society often intolerant of cultural and religious diversity; To develop and provide resources, networking, and programs for the community through the arts and education to increase appreciation for cultural and religious diversity, To work with educational, spiritual, and religious leaders and the media in promoting accurate and fair portrayal of the faiths within our community; and To help the community become more aware of the spiritual values that can help resolve issues that occur in the environmental, social and personal realms of our lives. 
Needs Statement
  1. Financial support to create sustainability.
  2. Support for expansion and additions of educational interfaith programming. 
  3. Funding for new interfaith programming.
  4. Marketing support to increase awareness of the Council's existence and functions.
  5. Human resources to help the Council reach its programming goals.
Service Categories
Interfaith Coalitions
Community Coalitions
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC) became an independent organization on January 1, 2005. The challenges and successes we have experienced in the past seven years are focused in the areas of finances, governance, and human resources. The GKCIC faced the financial challenge of being a new organization without funds or sources of funding. The GKCIC met this challenge by establishing our annual fund-raising event, the “Table of Faiths” luncheon. The luncheon is congruent with our mission statement, which calls us to grow “a sustainable, pervasive culture of knowledge, respect, appreciation and trust amongst all people.” The Table of Faiths luncheon offers the opportunity for people in the community to meet people of many faiths, to learn what programming the GKCIC offers, to see how the GKCIC has been involved in our community each year, and to visit display tables for each of the faiths represented on the GKCIC. We have held this financially successful event for the past three years; this year’s Table of Faiths is scheduled for November 13, 2008. The GKCIC addressed the challenge of governance by establishing itself as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The GKCIC created a set of Bylaws, which were approved and adopted by the council on March 12, 2007. The council also adopted a consensus model for decision-making. To gain further guidance in governance, the GKCIC recruited some of the most experienced and well-respected people in Kansas City to serve on our newly created Community and Faith Advisory Boards. In addition, the GKCIC has added At-Large members to the council. One of our continuing challenges falls in the area of human resources. The GKCIC is a volunteer organization. Our efforts to meet the needs of the community, to live our vision of “building the most welcoming community for all people,” have been dependent on the work of many dedicated volunteers. All of our programs and fund-raising activities are  organized and staffed by volunteers, with the help of a part-time administrative assistant.
Description The Speakers Bureau is dedicated to the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council’s mission of growing a sustainable, pervasive culture of knowledge, respect, appreciation and trust amongst people of all faiths and religious traditions in the greater Kansas City community. GKCIC speakers embrace the goals of the Council and are eager to share with the community the principles of their faiths, as well as their personal understanding and experience of their individual, spiritual, and faith traditions.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Religion, General/Other Interfaith Programs
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success would be defined by actual relationships between members of diverse faiths created through the Speaker's Bureau. The success will also be defined by participation of a member for each various 15 faiths in the Speaker's Bureau. Short term success will be defined after each speaking engagement by providing a discussion period of the relationship between various faiths involved in the engagement and their willingness and acceptance of the encounter with the members of differentiating faiths.
Long-Term Success We would like to expand the Speaker's Bureau to include more speaking engagements, panels, and conferences. We would like for the community to be aware of the Speaker's Bureau and to call upon us at every opportunity for interfaith discussion or for information regarding specific faiths.
Program Success Monitored By The Program Committee meets monthly to discuss details of each program. Also, the participants in the Speaker's Bureau meet following each speaking engagement to discuss the success of the current event.
Examples of Program Success The Council is in the process of evaluating current programs and adding new programs. The Speaker's Bureau's success can be measured through quotes from actual participants in the presented panel discussions.
  • Sacred Texts is an in-depth look at one faith per year, reading selected portions of the original texts of the primary global faiths, guided by members of that tradition.
  • Interfaith News and Reviews is a program which began in 2015 and will feature informed dialogue regarding interfaith topics of the day.
Program Budget $0.00
Category Religion, General/Other Interfaith Programs
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success is defined by dialogue created between members of various faiths regarding the topic of the current book discussed. We hope to achieve open and accepting dialogue about the events presented in the book, regardless of faith and/or tradition.
Long-Term Success Long term success is defined by broadening the knowledge of interfaith throughout the Greater Kansas City community through dialogue of the current book.
Program Success Monitored By The members of the book club meet regularly to discuss what is working and what needs to be changed about the book club. They all have input as to which book is presented and any dialogue they wish to share.
Examples of Program Success The Council is in the process of evaluating all programs. The success of the book club will be relayed through quotes of participants of various diverse faiths and their experiences through dialogue.
Description Vital Conversations meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to join the group in conversations about books, movies, culture, and spirituality. Vital Conversations is interested in attracting people from a variety of religious and spiritual perspectives in order to celebrate the gifts of pluralistic viewpoints. Participants aim to build relationships that honor our differences and celebrate our spiritual paths.
Category Religion, General/Other Interfaith Programs
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Short term success for Vital Conversations is defined by the interaction and dialogue between the members of various faiths. The participants in Vital Conversations have an increased understanding of interfaith and will establish positive relationships with others of diverse faiths.
Long-Term Success Long term success of this program is to expand the education of interfaith and pluralism throughout the Greater Kansas City community. This is done through the dialogue and relationships established through Vital Conversations.
Program Success Monitored By The Program Committee of the Council meets regularly to discuss the success of Vital Conversations and other programs within the Council. Success is measured by positive interfaith experience of participating members.
Examples of Program Success Participating members of Vital Conversations provide feedback of the positive experience and relationships with members of various diverse faith traditions.
Description The GKCIC offers members to aid Hospice leaders in the Greater Kansas City Community. The members offer their services as "spiritual friends" to individuals in the hospice program.
Category Religion, General/Other Interfaith Programs
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Because "Spiritual Friends" was created due to requests from hospice providers, the short-term goal of the program is to have an organized method of responding to these requests providing the best possible resources and support for hospice providers and their patients.
Long-Term Success The "Spiritual Friends" Hospice program was created from a community need. Hospice Organization have contacted the GKCIC asking for contacts from various faith communities that are able to provide assistance for hospice providers and their patients. The long-term success will be measured by how many hospice patients the members of the GKCIC are able to help each year. The GKCIC will respond to the "Spiritual Friends" requests on a need basis.
Program Success Monitored By "Spiritual Friends" is a fairly new program and the GKCIC does not have a formal monitoring system in place yet. The current success is demonstrated through personal accounts from hospice providers and patients who have received services from a member of the GKCIC.
Examples of Program Success "Spiritual Friends" is a fairly new program, therefore the examples that demonstrate success are limited currently. The GKCIC has received statements from those who have received services from the "Spiritual Friends" that express their satisfaction with the program.
Description The original program involved diverse individuals gathering in small groups in private homes across Greater Kansas City to discuss the impact of interfaith issues and culture on their lives while sharing a meal.  (Formerly known as "Table Talk," the name was changed in 2011, to avoid confusion with an Omaha program by the name "Table Talk" which focuses on racial diversity.)    The format has since changed to an ongoing, quarterly program, with each gathering hosted by hosted by a different faith community.  Since its inception, the program has been co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council and Cultural Crossroads.
Program Budget $500.00
Category Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served Other Named Groups, , General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success The predecessor program "Kansas City Table Talk"  included participation of close to 200 individuals in twenty homes throughout the Greater Kansas City community. The second year, "Kansas City Table Talk" changed to "Food and Thought - an interfaith and intercultural conversation" and, due to scheduling conflicts, involved a smaller number of participants.   In 2012, the format of "Food and Thought" was changed to a quarterly, community-hosted event.  The first event, held at the Sikh Temple and hosted by the Sikh community, was well-received and there are plans to continue the program as a quarterly event.
Long-Term Success "Food and Thought" provides an opportunity for individuals in the Greater Kansas City Community to find answers, build relationships, and develop trust amongst people of faith backgrounds different that their own and to create a stronger, more cohesive community.
Program Success Monitored By Participants have produced evaluations at the close of the evening's program, which rank the effectiveness of the program by reporting if the program helped to gain a new understanding of the culture and faith of others, if the actions of the participant towards others will change in positive manner, and how the overall event is rated. The participant will have an opportunity to make a comment about the program that will be used for publicity for future programs and evidence success of the program.
Examples of Program Success Evaluations from past event show evidence that the vast majority of the participants felt that the program was very helpful in gaining a new understanding of the culture and faith of others and that the program helped to change their actions towards others in a positive manner.
CEO Comments The GKCIC has expanded its offered programs significantly over the past two years. The program committee is active and dedicated and continues to improve the existing programs and works to develop new programs to reach new areas of the community and to help address issues that need to be addressed in Greater Kansas City. The lack of human resources is a challenge for the progression of the programs of the Council. With more staffing, the programs and results have the potential to expand greatly.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Term Start Jan 2015

Rev. Mary Gibson McCoy focuses on multicultural and interfaith education and relations, following a career as a real estate attorney with 30 years of experience in title underwriting. She is Founder and President of Cultural Crossroads, Inc. (, an ordained minister of the Alliance of Divine Love, and President of the Heartland Chapter of the Alliance of Divine Love (, as well as Convener/Chair of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (, a position she assumed in January, 2015. She is also a member of the Religious Literacy Project task force and the Kansas City Hate Crimes Task Force.

She was formerly founder and artistic director of IDIMO Dancers/DanceAmerica, a performing international dance troupe, and was a teacher and co-director of a community-based ethnic dance organization, as well as a past member/performer with numerous ethnic dance groups and served as director and officer of various professional associations during her real estate career (Women’s Chamber of Commerce: First VP and chair of various committees; Rural Northland Development Association: First VP, Director; Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association: committee chair; Platte County Bar Association: committee chair; Arab-American Friendship Club: Social Director).

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
  • Annual Meditation for World Peace (with the Rime Buddhist Center)
  • "Food and Thought - an interfaith and intercultural conversation" (with Cultural Crossroads, Inc.)
  • Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Ritual Dinner (with the Heartland Chapter of the Alliance of Divine Love)
  • Interfaith/multicultural library collection (with Cultural Crossroads)
  • Festival of Faiths (with Festival of Faiths Kansas City)
  • numerous individual interfaith programs and events throughout the years, in cooperation with religious and civic organizations and houses of worship.
The Lighthouse AwardHatebusters, Inc.2009
Peacemakers AwardG.A.M.E.2011
Interfaith Outreach AwardAl-Inshirah Islamic Center2014
Peace AwardCrescent Peace Society2015
PCFIE Appreciation AwardPeople's Campaign for Individual Empowerment2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council has been directed solely by volunteers since its inception, with the assistance of an Executive Director for three-four years. Council members, including 15 representing diverse faiths and 10 At-Large Members, elect the Executive Committee biannually. The Executive Committee provides direction to the Council and handles the details of the Council. The Council works on a consensus basis. No large decisions are made without consensus of the Council.
Board Chair
Board Chair Rev. Mary McCoy
Company Affiliation ADL
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Bryan Austin
Mr. Robert Bacic Church of the Holy Cross
Mr. Deb Bhaduri Hinduism
Ms Linda Boyce
Alan Edelman
Rev. Kendyl Gibbons Unitarian Universalism
Mr. Ira Harritt Sufism
Rev. Dr. Kara Hawkins Alliance of Divine Love, Inc., Chapel 912
Rev. Kelly Isola
Peter Jarosewycz
Mr. Karta Purkh Khalsa 3HO Foundation
Zulfiqar Malik Heartland Muslim Council
Ms. Barb McAtee Fire Consulting International, Inc. Merriam, KS
Rev. Mary McCoy Director at Large/ADL Minister
Ms Cindy McDavitt
Rev. Michael Medis
Ms. Susan Nakao Member at Large/Sukyo Mahikari
Ms. Pam Peck Christian Science Center
Ms. Linda Prugh Vedanta Society of Kansas City
Lama Matthew Rice
Rev William Rose-Heim
Mieko Saarna
Mrs. Sheila Sonnenschein Community Volunteer
Barry Speert
Rev Michael Stephens
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 2 East Asian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments

The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is comprised of up to 30 board directors (of which number, there are presently 25 directors) representing from 15-20 different faiths, who serve on a voluntary basis.  The executive committee meets once a month to discuss Council details and brings proposed ideas to the full Council for consensus. Full Council meetings are held the second Monday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. The executive meetings are held every third Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Unity Church of Overland Park. In July 2013, the Council hired a part-time administrative assistant. 

Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $40,000
Projected Expenses $38,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990-PF.  
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$29,121$27,676$14,581
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.160.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$38,977$34,328$29,817
Current Assets$38,977$34,328$29,817
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$38,977$34,328$29,817
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountArjun Sharma Foundation $2,500Children's Mercy Hospital $2,941 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $1,125Arjuna Foundation $2,700 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $1,105Individual Donor $1,850 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Since 2014, the Council's signature event, the Table of Faiths event, has moved to an evening event, rather than a daytime luncheon event, with an emphasis on education and "friend-raising" rather than strictly as a fundraiser.  The Council is also in the process constantly updating its web presence and relying on more electronic communication, rather than print communication.  The Council continues to seek ways to reach out to the community, to broaden its reach and encourage new interest and involvement in interfaith education, dialogue and activities.

Organization Name The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council
Address PO Box 9117
Mission, MO 66202
Primary Phone (913) 548-2973
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair is Executive Director
Board Chair Rev. Mary McCoy
Board Chair Company Affiliation ADL
Year of Incorporation 2005
Former Names
Kansas City Interfaith Council