Category: Religion

RCIFA: Changing Seasons and Lives

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The season is changing, and we are anticipating Thanksgiving and then Christmas. I am hoping that now that elections are over, we can focus on what the coming holidays represent for all people, all over the world.  The Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance is focusing on family, togetherness and peace for all, regardless who you are,…

LCCC Fall Festival, Oct. 30

Life Changers Christian Center will host its Fall Festival on Oct. 30 starting with worship at 10:15 a.m. at 6420 Raytown Trafficway.  Festivities start at 12:30 p.m. for a family fun day for all ages includes s’mores, chili dogs, games, candy and more.  The public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Fabulous Fall

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

Weather is an interesting thing. It is always there, changes often, sometimes it’s beautiful and then there are times when it difficult or possibly dangerous. This season is colorful, and there is beauty all around us, we just need to pay attention to what is around us. The colors of fall are special and often…

A Conversation on Race: What Do We Do Next?

By Pat Jackson,pastor of Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church and president of the Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance On Aug. 29, 2016, six people who are deeply committed to the Raytown community gathered at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church to hold a round-table discussion on race.  Organized by the Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance, the purpose of the round…

Shared Ministry Installation

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 9349 E. 65th St. in Raytown, will celebrate the installation of The Rev. Orin Cummings in a special service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Orin also is the pastor at Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church in Raytown. This is the first shared ministry for the Diocese of West Missouri. The service will include Bishop Marty Field…

Hope, Healing and Unity in Community

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By Larry Cleveland, RCIFA treasurer Many of us seeing or listening to the news these days can likely agree that the world has become a place of discord, hate and violence.  Even our community of Raytown has had enough incidents to perhaps make us feel uncomfortable.  We may feel powerless to change this hostile environment…

A decision we all must make: love or hate?

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

By Rex Block, of Raytown Bahá’ís and vice president Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance Perhaps it is too soon to speak with clarity about the causes of the mass shooting in Orlando early Sunday morning. What is clear with sorrowful finality is the loss of life and the scene, yet once again, of a massacre of…

The wonderful month of May

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

Submitted by Sue Klotz, RCIFAMay 1 was “May Day,” and I remembered the fun we had when I was young, making May baskets out of colored paper, glue, tape, paint, and coloring the sides with special pictures, or had stickers to decorate them. I was the oldest of four girls, and we begged Mom for…

Sacred stories

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

By Pastor James Fuller, Ivanhoe United Church of ChristAccording to Diana R. Garland, author and dean, “A story — especially a good one — can take many layers of meaning.” There are stories of identity. Stories of how we become a family are most common. Then there are many different ways people come into the family: beginnings and…

What has ‘That Church’ been up to?

So what has “That Church” been up to in and on behalf of the Raytown community, as well as in and on behalf of the unfolding Kingdom of God? Southwood United Church of Christ at 79th and Raytown Road feels blessed to be a part of this community. We continue God’s work in partnership with…

Lane Avenue Baptist hosting Family Day

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Lane Avenue Baptist Church is hosting Family Day at starting at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 21. The event begins with donuts and is followed by 10.m. Sunday school, worship service at 11 a.m., and a potluck lunch and afternoon of games and fellowship. The worship service will feature Lane Avenue Baptist Church youth and a special…

2016 Race in America … A Call to Heal

On Feb. 27, The River located at 6400 Woodson Road will host the 2016 Race in America from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend. Motivational speaker Greg “Coach T” Thomas will lead a program to foster racial reconciliation for those with a heart for healing…

Beloved Raytown

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

By Pat JacksonI hope you’re free this Sunday (Jan 17) at 3 p.m. That’s because this is when you will have the opportunity to hear a vision for Raytown. This vision will come from an epic voice out of history. It will come from passionate voices of the present. And it will come from hopeful…

Gratitude and a Dream for the New Year

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

It seems only a few moments ago that we were looking forward to fall, and the changing colors of leaves, and now we are anticipating Christmas in a very few days. The weather has fooled many of us with the warmer temperatures and rain, and no snow. But those in the Christian community are really…

After Beirut and Paris

In our tightly connected world, news of the attacks in Paris ricocheted around the globe. Like many today who catch the news on the run, I first saw reports of the terrible carnage on my phone. Of course Paris was the second city recently targeted, following twin suicide bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, just days earlier…

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

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It seems to me that one of the major motivators today is fear; fear of the loss of income; fear of the loss of our home; fear of the loss of our freedom; fear of others who believe differently than we do; fear of others who look differently than we do; fear of others who…

What is Home?

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

What is a home? A lot people who are asked this question would say where they live, maybe give an address. Some may say something like, “with my family.” Many would not be able to answer as easily, as they are homeless for all kinds of reasons and they may not want to say that…

“Community Ties”

Raytown Community Interfaith Alliance

What is it that binds us together as a community? That was the question that went through my mind as I attended the Raytown Board of Alderman meeting this week. I heard about the exciting plans for the Santa Fe Trail bike path that will crisscross Raytown. Another person shared about an upcoming Beerfest that…

Long may it wave

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When I was a child during the 50’s I lived in a wonderful place. It was described in this amazing song that we heard all the time. Back then I didn’t understand all the words, especially the part about the “donserly light” (“dawn’s early light”) but I certainly understood the last couple of lines. They…