Many people throughout out community are already doing the amazing work of breaking down racial barriers and helping our community to move Beyond Tolerance. At the Beyond Tolerance Leaders Luncheon on October 19, 2016 we asked people to share what they are already doing to help move break down the walls of fear and hatred and move our city beyond simply tolerating one another. Below is the list of what people shared. It is a truly inspiring list that shows that there are tremendous things happening in our city that we should recognize, share, and come together to support.
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- Working with faith communities in partnership (from police department): God Squad partnership, Attending church functions, Muslim 3 on 3 ball games, Other events at churches
- Hispanic Advisory Board to police. Partnering with Urban League & Speakout Kansas, After School activities – Boys & Girls Club, 1st Step Cookout, Partnering with NAACP, Building trust with police department
- The Wichita Police Department has a group of officers “Fellowship of Christian Policer Officers”. They are willing to work with diverse communities and further understanding. The first step “Cook-Out.” The Department is looking to hold more events.
- Part of the Wichita prayer movement. Calling churches & pastors both Christian faith based community together of Jesus to pray for revival and renewal in our city.
- More communication with different groups, doing the same thing. Coming together. Reaching out to other communities. Be available to new ideas.
- Community outreach programs to assist those in need. Training programs for the community ex. literacy, finance.
- Participating wherever and whenever I can continue the conversation with others not involved.
- We are calling the city together in Jesus’ name to pray for revival in the churches and the redemption of the city. Wichita prayer movement.
- Reaching out with University Friends Church & College Hill UMC. We hope to share products needed by women and babies. We hope to share more fellowship in the future. I hosted a luncheon for BT sharing a reconciliation video (Titus James, North Heights Christian Church)
- I do on a regular pulpit exchange. Dellrose invite confirmation class to other churches and invite other to one church. Going back to school for Spanish class. Want to be bilingual.
- At Grand Chapel AME Pastor LeSean Tarkington has initiated many opportunities with guest speakers to speak openly about the effects and impact of racism.
- Holding classes at La Familia. Having booths for global ???? (TX you). Serving on many boards working for diversity – representation of the community.
- Our church participates in the program “FILLING IN THE GAP FUNDING PROGRAM” over the summer. Our church participates in “CHRISTMAS IN JULY”. Church of God in Christ Jurisdiction – Wichita, Ks
- Running for office to represent all people regardless of race, religion, or situation in the 87th District of Ks House.
- In 2017 Bethel Life Center will offer two 10-week sessions of Convoy of Hope - Longevity Matters, Teach ESL, GED, and Citizenship. (Convoy of Hope Director Stacy Cathcart)
- Endeavoring to bring fairness on the job by representing the minority that does not seem to have a voice. Through participation. Promote the love of God through pulpit speaking (church activities) (love your neighbor as yourself)
- Convoy of Hope desires to move into District I to bring all walks of life, all economic backgrounds together to transform a community. We provide goods, services to those in need- perfect strangers accepting, serving, encouraging & giving value to each other. (Stacie Cathcart – firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Community Wide Family & Friends Day. We invite the surrounding community to a time of fun, faith & fellowship. Opening the doors of our church to the community for meetings & events.
- New Philadelphia COGIC has street ministry every 3rd Saturday. St. Paul Lutheran Church 9th & Waco has allowed us to partner with them in serving and feeding the homeless of the city. They have opened their doors to allow us to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless the past 3 years. We work with them on various Saturdays to serve breakfast to the homeless. What a blessing.
- We continue to intentionally worship to music that transcends our cultural worship life. We have a very diverse congregation and we make everyone feel like they have had a worship experience. Our private school intentionally reached d out. We enrolled our first Caucasian student this year!
- My church, the Plainview COGIC is a predominantly African American congregation that is located in a predominantly low-income Hispanic & Asian area. We had our first major community outreach activity in September 2016 where we gave out clothes, shoes, & back to school supplies to the community. (Pastor Timothy L. Simms 316-204-2023)
- Lorraine Avenue Mennonite has had dinners with Islamic Center and Turkish Muslims, a Palestinian Muslim woman preached and had an amazing Q&A time last Sunday, October 16 at the church. The Global Learning Center has had 250 people out last December to the Islamic Society for a dinner and to learn about Islam. GLC also has programs at the Buddhist Temple (last May) and in the past. October 29, 2016, we have Dr. Lisa Aubrey speaking at Rhatigan (WSU) for the UN Decade for people of African descent. Student scholarships.
- Children’s ministry is multicultural because of several foster parents. Kansas Leadership Institute Participant Community Outreach.
- On a personal level, I talk to everyone I encounter and share a little about myself.
- Mt. Carmel Refuge Center has a Monday night dialogue open to all, Rotating Mondays with women and men. Basically hot topics are the evening discussion as well as prayer and counseling. (Pastor Edward Coleman)
- Working youth & senior citizens in the community. Fun night/movie night dinner night for seniors.
- Being more aware of events in the community.
- Church exchange.
- Educating youth about diversity and acceptance of others that do not look like them. Bringing people from all races, religion and backgrounds.
- Member of Greater Wichita Ministerial League. Leader in Partners for Wichita bringing congregations of many faiths together serving in the community. Participate in GFIA & Beyond Tolerance & dialogues, etc.
- Having group get togethers with students from all of our targeted schools: North, East, West, Southeast, and Northeast Magnet.
- Currently working on “I am not your stereotype” movement with Project Ready NULITES at Urban League.
- We are engaged in a partnership with the Greater Faith Christian Church. (The Lorraine Avenue Christian Church, Co-Pastors Lois and Tom Harder)
- Community Interaction. Job creation. Family values.
- More job creations focusing on neighborhoods that need it most. Pulpit exchanges.
- I am highly involved in the Greater Wichita Ministerial League and am building a lot of friendships and connections. I was involved in a pulpit exchange in 2015 and active in planning events in 2015.
- Ministerial League Board/Chaplain. More pulpit exchanges.
- Hosting dinner dialogues.
- Newton Police Advising Community about race. Harvey County Sheriff training about race and religion.
- Helping GFIA & BTM behind the scenes creating promo materials. – Sharing thoughts, stories relevant to living beyond tolerance on Facebook. - I was a moderator last year for the dinner dialogue.
- I am building a drug and alcohol practice coalition with safe streets Wichita. Check us out at www.partnersforwichita.org
- Teaching my congregation to reach out beyond the walls of the church. We are call to love each other – whether White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, Muslim- All races of people are one in the eyes of God.
- Loving God and people, teaching people to love everyone no matter race or creed.
- Reading books, watching films, meeting people & talking with them to learn more & generate ideas. Making the library’s summer children’s programs more diverse. Working on the KS Humanities Council grant on racial & ethnic issues involving law enforcement for 2017.
- I am part of the leadership team for Circles, an anti-poverty initiative. Circles matches families/person who wants to move out of poverty with 2-3 middle class/upper class volunteers for 18 month commitment to a friendship. The relationship is supported by weekly meetings with dinner and childcare. Circles brings together a very diverse group of people & provides a welcoming, supportive atmosphere for relationships to develop.
- Social, enjoy getting to know outside comfort zone. Everyone is invited to potluck 1st Saturday of each month at west side Mosque. 3614 W. Taft at 7:30pm.
- Volunteer with Circles an anti-poverty community initiative. Work with Comcare-diverse community-promote respect for all people. Sunday school class visited Emmanuel Synagogue.
- Building relationships across race & religious lines as a new resident in Wichita. Training & education for skills to communicate respectfully & embrace difference as opportunity.
- Monthly community food pantry and free breakfast. Partnering with local elementary school for supplies & support. Partnering with North Heights Christian Church for worship & outreach. Relationship & partnering with west Mosques. Working with our conference and IRC supporting refugees. (College Hill United Methodist Church)
- We host a community breakfast monthly. Preach on inclusive Gospel especially how we are one Christ breaking down the walls that divide us. Taught a class on Islam and Islamophobia. Hosted Inter-Faith dinner.
- The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) hosts several events and programs that align with the Beyond Tolerance Movement like brown bag discussions and cultural celebrations. To learn more about ODI and events please visit wichita.edu/odi
- Myself, Pastor Cynthia Davis, along with Pastor Lois Harder exchanged pulpits and held a meet & greet event for our members to meet. She is the Pastor of the Lorraine Ave. Mennonite Church. We will do this again in 2017.
- The Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation acts a “marketing partner” for the Jewish & non-Jewish community. Through our weekly e-newsletters we advocate for the rights of all…with dignity, honor & respect…here at home and across the country & around the globe. We promote all the activities of the Beyond Tolerance Movement in our publications and participate in events…and support them financially.
- As a member and President of the NAACP, our mission and purpose is to look out for the well-being and civil rights of all people in the country. Our daily mission is to ensure we stay true to this mission. Want to collaborate with all organizations that have similar goals and objectives.
- I work with an anti-mass incarceration group from the Peace & Social Justice Center called JENT-Jobs & Education-Not Incarceration. We helped organize the marijuana sentencing reform which was on the Wichita ballot in April 2015. The petition was in response to the huge racial disparities in arrests, prosecution & incarceration for many crimes, especially small marijuana. We won the vote, lost in court but brought attention to this local issue.