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11th Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner at UMKC, April 7th, 6 pm

 Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner at UMKC, April 7th, 6 pm

 

Leo Morton, Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City welcomed a

lively audience at the 11th Annual Dialogue Friendship Dinner.

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More than 300 persons, including civic leaders, public servants, and friends from many faith traditions gathered (April 7) for an evening of stimulating guest speakers, award presentations, and music at the 11th Annual Dialogue Friendship Dinner.

The event was sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Department of Diversity and Inclusion along with Dialog Institute Southwest and held on the UMKC campus.

 

Stimulating Speakers

 

“Antidote to Extremism” was the topic addressed by keynote speaker, Dirk Ficca, interfaith leader, educator, and author.

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Chicago-based Dirk Ficca, formerly executive director of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, challenged the audience to take on the hard work of listening openly to those of different perspectives . . . of learning new insights from unexpected

sources . . . and of holding ambiguity in the midst of both urgent and complex realities.

Every person in the room, he encouraged, is a potential antidote as we relate to extreme challenges without fear and reactivity but focus on building thoughtful dialogue and relationships.

 

Raindrop Awards

 

Mindy Corporon received Raindrop Award for Outstanding Service in Peace

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Mayor Sly James received Raindrop Award for Outstanding Service in Public

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Rev. Adam Hamilton Raindrop Award for Outstanding Service in COMMUNITY

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Nelson – Atkins Museum of Art received Raindrop Award for Outstanding Service in

COMMUNITY

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Live Music by Cindy Novelo

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Cindy Novelo, award-winning singer/songwriter, entertained the audience with her

soulful sound.

Cindy’s music — a fusion of Americana, classical, and world music — rises from the hollows of Appalachia, Europe, India, and beyond making it especially appreciated by the diverse audience.

 

The dinner was co-sponsored by several organizations. Click here to see the entire list!

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