September 2007 Minutes

Interfaith of Topeka Board Meeting
Sept. 25, 2007
Topeka/Shawnee Public Library, 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Committee
About 6:45 p.m. Faith sharing
About 7:45 p.m. Business Meeting
Jackie Lakin
Interfaith of Topeka Mission
Interfaith of Topeka is comprised of people from a variety of faiths and religious traditions. We bring together individuals who are willing to put aside their prejudices and open their minds and hearts to new possibilities. We are willing to engage in the process of working together to build an active community, strong in its shared values of faith, compassion, human dignity, and mutual respect where the expression of love and peace replaces hate and violence.
Members (present at meeting X; absent at meeting left blank)
Don Anderson
David Beale
Joel Edwards
Bill Gitchell
Daljit Jawa
Christian Kramer
Jackie Lakin
Norbert Lickteig
C.R. Macchi
Jim Mosher
Deepak Parulkar
Jan Price
Sanford Pomeranz
Jerry Quiring
Jack Rardin
Karen Sessel
Ashraf Sufi
Phil Wilkes
Sallye Wilkinson
Joe Hendrixson–Class of 2007
Barbara Karnowski
Vacant Class of 2007
Vacant Class of 2009
Agenda Items
Key Points Discussed
Action or Follow-up
Opening Prayer: Christian Kramer
Christian was not available. Bill Gitchell said a Baha’i prayer.
Faith Sharing: Christian Kramer, Healing Mother Earth
Christian was not available.
Addition of New Business
August 28, 2007 Interfaith of Topeka Board Meeting Minutes
Minutes were accepted. Jackie will be out of town during the October board meeting.
Treasure’s Report
Key Points Discussed: Phil Wilkes reported a Total Liquid Assets: $7,294.55. Dues received from Temple Beth Shalom and Westminster Presbyterian.
Action: Bulk mail permit is due for $175. Discussion by IF members indicated e-mail is primarily used for communication. Consequently, the bulk permit will not be renewed at this time. If a need arises later for bulk permit, it could be renewed.
Action: Domain name protection letter—did not seem reasonable offer. Nexlynx takes care of maintaining domain name. Offer from company not accepted.
Action: Telephone costs of approximately $58 per month does not seem reasonable—is does not appear useful. Website meets need. IF board voted to drop land line telephone service. Phil Wilkes volunteered to use his cell phone numbers as the IF contact telephone number. 
Update on IF Board Issues—
Bill Gitchell:
Bulletin Board Update—Don Jacobs
Don Jacobs sent the following e-mail to the board:
Nexlynx has completed the Discussion Forum. New users must register and sign the following agreement before being able to post comments:
I agree not to use hate speech or obscenity in posting comments to the Discussion Forum. I also agree not to use the Discussion Forum to post commercial messages or spam. Violation of this agreement will result in removal of the offensive posting and denial of future postings. New members will have their initial posts screened before being allowed unlimited posting access.
While the administrators and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.
You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.
This forum system uses cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies do not contain any of the information you have entered above; they serve only to improve your viewing pleasure. The e-mail address is used only for confirming your registration details and password (and for sending new passwords should you forget your current one).
By clicking Register below you agree to be bound by these conditions.
I Agree to these terms and am over or exactly 13 years of age
I Agree to these terms and am under 13 years of age
I do not agree to these terms
Also, I have the ability to remove posts or users who violate this agreement. However, Nexlynx is  not able to provide the capability to put new users on "probation" for 2 or 3 posts to see if they will abide by our conditions. If we see this as critical to the functioning of the Forum, we should not go ahead. But if we can live with this limitation, then we are ready to proceed. I have a conflict for Tues night and will not be able to make the meeting. If you could read this at the meeting and let me know the feedback, I will know how to proceed. 
Board members reflected on Discussion Forum. Questions arose how it is to be managed. Don will be moderator. Jackie will help upon occasion. Bill encouraged members to keep an eye out for problems and let Don know of issues. If inappropriate items should appear, IF board members can delete—offensive post deletes and can bots?? be blocked. Threats can be addressed if they come up. Bill volunteered to meet with anyone on IF board who needs help in logging onto discussion board. 
It was decided that is best to try the Discussion Board to see what problems need to be addressed.
Spirituality Events—All
Not addressed.
Thanksgiving Program Committee Report—“Thankful for Nature’s Bounty”
November 18th–Jack Rardin, chair
Follow-up: The Thanksgiving Program Committee met. Jack announced Shawnee County Choral Society will not be participating at the service. Jim Mosher will contact Kevin Cullum at Washburn University and Jack Rardin will contact Steve Burke at Grace Episcopical.
Photos of local Peace Poles might be shown during the announcement.
Need to make copies.
Sign language needs to be promoted.
Rev. Cushingberry might a fourth presenter.
General Topics
  • Peace Poles
  • Interfaith Education
Key Points Discussed: Peace Poles will be featured at Thanksgiving Service.
Key Points Discussed: Bill did not immediately contact Bill Wagnon on the Kansas State Board of Education. Instead Bill met with Chris Hamilton and they discussed how to go about this slowly. He suggested a pilot curriculum in one or two communities. Topeka West, Washburn Rural or even Lawrence. It was suggested to look at programs that already exist and see what worked or did not work. Another thought was to have Bill Wagnon meet with the IF board to just share ideas. Only school anyone knew of was in the news few months ago in Texas. Not sure about this event. It was asked if larger districts in other states with large, diverse populations address this issue. Models do exist outside the country. Again, it was suggested it is a good idea for Bill to meet with state board president Bill Wagnon.    If a course of study is every allowed, teachers would need professional development to deliver the instruction and answer student questions.
Also, it was mentioned that this nation is often perceived as a Christian nation. How would this belief impact studying non Christian religions?
This course would be an elective. Promote respect and better understanding among students in the school and in the international marketplace.
Action: Bill would talk to Bill Wagnon about meeting with IF board to discuss interfaith education. Also, talk to Barry Crawford at Washburn University. He might have some interesting ideas. 
Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at the Topeka/Shawnee Public Library
Faith Sharing Schedule for October: TBA 
Iftar is being held at the mosque on Saturday on Sept. 29.
This entry was posted in . Bookmark: permalink.

Right Column Widgets

Welcome to the Right Column for the Evening Shade theme. You can put a variety of widgets in this location and to manage where they are published in your site, you can download the Widget logic plugin.