There’s a happy ending in the controversy over the Kansas City Atheist Coalition being banned from helping out a gospel mission to deliver meals on Thanksgiving. Another Christian group in the city says they would love to have their help for what I think is a very cool event.
The Kansas City Atheist Coalition has received an overwhelming amount of requests from various organizations to assist them during the Thanksgiving holiday. We were pleased to receive a request from The Micah Ministry of Independence Boulevard to help serve food to those in need during their Thanksgiving dinner on Monday, November 25th.
Senior Minister Lee Chiaramonte has expressed that they do not require an acceptance of faith from those who volunteer, nor do they ask one of those who need a warm meal for the night. They accept all who enter their doors regardless of faith, sexual orientation, race, creed, or legal standing. We are quite excited to simply work together and sincerely help those who are less fortunate.
The Micah Ministry is unique in that they do not have “food lines”. They offer everyone to come in as guests and sit down. Those who volunteer will be asked to act as hosts and servers for our hungry guests. In addition, we may also be tasked to clean up after dinner services have ceased. They can expect anywhere from 500-800 guests that evening. We are also encouraged to bring and donate any extra used and unwanted winter clothes we may have. Donating any unwanted clothing is not required in order to volunteer.
I love that idea. Coincidentally, it will happen at the same time that I’ll be speaking at an interfaith thanksgiving service to suggest that secular groups and religious ones work together more often to help those in need. Kudos to the Micah Ministry and to the KCAC for looking beyond religious disagreements to focus on helping others.