KCAC Finds Christian Charity to Welcome Their Help

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.

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  • It is very nice to see religious charity groups to put charity ahead of religion. And on top of that, it sounds like a great program.

  • jayhawk

    I like the part about not having food lines and everyone is a guest. In Topeka, and I assume other places, we have a “community” Thanksgiving meal. It is open to all people who would like to share their Thanksgiving meal with other people instead of eating alone or not eating at all. While am I sure the vast majority of people who show up are poor, it is not treated as something only for the poor, thereby stigmatizing the people who participate. I am pretty sure past mayors and community leaders have attended because of it being a community event.

    This event has been going on for decades and still seems to get a little bigger every year.

  • I agree, Ed. We don’t need to like each other, even, to put aside our differences when we agree on doing the right thing. If the poor need food, it’s a dick move to insist it be on our terms. Priorities.

  • illdoittomorrow

    I also like that there are no food lines with this program. Locally, one service organization (I’m afraid I don’t remember who) does largely the same thing, with a short menu of different dishes to give people a choice. The meals are prepared, IIRC, by student chefs from a well-regarded training program.

  • Michael Heath

    The denomination that runs this is theologically liberal. Have they been the problem as well in the past? I would assume not; hatred, fear, and bigotry aren’t part of their DNA like we observe for evangelicals and fundamentalist denominations.

  • magistramarla


    San Antonio has the very same kind of community meal – they call it the Jimenez Thanksgiving Meal.

    It’s a huge thing here, so big that it’s held in the Alamo Dome.

    It’s nice when a community can come together like that.

  • I did volunteer work like this when I was young. One of the larger restaurants in town every year would do a thanksgiving diner and they did it like a limited menu night, just without charging. I loved it, for many of them it was the one time a year they got to eat in real restaurant and actually be treated with respect and dignity.

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