The Kansas/Nebraska Great Plains United Methodist Conference invited “Beyond Tolerance-Wichita” to present a panel discussion at their annual “For the Transformation of the World” October 28, 2017 event. The conferences mission was to discuss the purpose of the church (religious organizations) in a racially divided nation. The panel shared their Beyond Tolerance story in Wichita and offered it as a model to transform communities by building relationships and respecting all people through truth and justice. Panel participants were: Bishop Wade Moore and Rev. Sam Muyskens, co-founders of Beyond Tolerance Wichita, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, Wichita City Councilwoman LaVonta Williams, Rabbi Michael Davis, Dr. Tom Wine, Chair of Music Education at Wichita State University, Danielle Johnson, Program Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University, and Panel Facilitator Kameelah Alexander, Community Services representative for the City of Wichita.
Religious leaders are coming together, challenging each other to look beyond racial tolerance towards transformation. It is our goal to find a way to transform our community by respecting all God’s people through truth and justice. To that end, religious leaders across our area are seeking to partner with congregations of differing color and culture.
Hanging of Ribbons
Sept. 25 to Nov. 15, 2015
Pulpit/Pastor Exchanges: An exchange of religious leaders between black, white, and brown congregations will take place this fall. We invite your congregation to participate. Join the challenge to tilt the scales toward justice for all. No better place for the conversation to begin than within our places of worship.
Hanging of Ribbons: We plan to blanket the city with black, white and brown ribbons tied around trees. Help hang ribbons at your place of worship, home, school, university, college, and business. Our ribbons will be a constant reminder that a transformed community will occur when we live “beyond tolerance”.
“Moving Beyond Tolerance”