“The purpose of a Vital Conversation is not to win an argument,
but to win a friend and advance civilization.” Vern Barnet
Vital Conversations are intentional gatherings of people to engage in dialog that will add value to the participants and to the world. In Vital Conversations we become co-creators of a better community. We welcome all people to attend our conversations and celebrate the rich pluralism of the greater Kansas City area. The topics and books are subject to change.
November 27, 2013 Vital Conversations Coffee
December 11, 2013 What Have You Been Reading and Why? The December Vital Conversation will be even more of a conversation than usual. Would each of you bring a sample of some reading you have been engaged in and share a few paragraphs? We are also interested in types of reading you prefer. Do you like fiction or nonfiction? Do you read magazines and which ones? Do you read on the Internet? The last part of the time together we will consider recommendations for Vital Conversations for 2014.
There are several resources from Mid Continent Public Library that can assist us with books available for book groups. http://www.mymcpl.org/books-movies-music/reading-suggestions
December 25, 2013 – No Vital Conversation Coffee
January 8, 2014 Renting Lucy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children. A Call to Action by Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma. Author Linda Smith brings to life characters based on real stories and interviews with teen survivors. Meet Lacy and Star as they reveal the underbelly of our commercial sex trade. Susan Cook, a member of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is producing a movie, currently titled “Hope Road” about this tragic reality and outlining action steps we can take to stop it. She will be with us to share more about her project.
January 22, 2014 Vital Conversations Coffee
February 12, 2014 Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Resa Aslan. “The story of Jesus of Nazareth is arguably the most influential narrative in human history. Here Resa Aslan writes vividly and insightfully about the life and meaning of the figure who has come to be seen by billions as the Christ of faith. Believer and skeptic alike will find this surprising, engaging and original.” Jon Meacham
February 26, 2014 Vital Conversations Coffee