Upcoming Events

Building a Better Community

Building a Better Community

Wednesday, October 11th

Building a Better Community is dedicated to helping us understand one another, to respect our differences while we discover our similarities. On Wednesday, October 11 in cooperation with Wichita State University Inter-Faith Ministries presents a symposium featuring three nationally known experts on violence, hate, discrimination and bias. While they are all familiar with each other's work and have collaborated often, this event in Wichita will be the first time all three have appeared together.

Dr. Jack Levin is professor emeritus at Northeastern University and co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. He will talk about "The Violence of Hate." Dr. Levin works with a variety of community, academic and professional groups, including many law enforcement agencies across the country and internationally.

Steve Wessler is an attorney, human rights education, trainer and advocate. He works with schools non-profits, law enforcement and communities to prevent bias, harassment, and violence. Mr. Wessler will conduct some focus groups in schools in Wichita and surrounding communities to tailor his remarks to our particular demographics. "Preventing Bias, Bullying, Harassment and Violence in Our Schools" will be his morning topic. In the afternoon he'll conduct a breakout session of "Creating Safe and Respectful Work Places in Health Care and Other Settings." Both will include information specific to Wichita.

Dr. Eric Madfis is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Washington Tacoma, where his research focuses on the causes and prevention of school violence, hate crime, and mass murder. In the morning Dr. Madfis will present "Positive School Environments as Violence Prevention." His breakout session, "Practicing Restorative Justice with Schools," aims to reduce bullying and victimisation and manage conflict through the restorative justice model where perpetrators learn about the consequences of their behavoirs and seek to repair relations with the victims. One important side benefit of restorative justice is it often greatly increases school attendance.

All sessions are free, but registration is required. You may sign up here. While lunch is not included in registration, three options are available: purchase a box lunch for $7 (advance payment required); enjoy one of the food trucks that will be outside the Hughes Metroplex that day; go out with friends and co-workers.

This event is a great way to earn contiuning education credits. Wichita State University College of Health Professions is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 5.4 contact hours applicable for RN, LPN, or LMHT relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT 0090-0327. The National Association of Social Workers Kansas Chapter has determined that this training event meets the requirements of the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for 6.0 CEUs. The cost of credits is $13 per person.

Souper Bowl 2018

Souper Bowl 2018

Friday, February 2nd

A Wichita tradition, Souper Bowl is always the Friday prior to that "other" Bowl. Chefs from area restaurants donate their most popular soups. Both professionals and students make one of a kind soup bowls. The first 200 visitors get a free handcrafted bowl, with additional handcrafted bowls available for sale. The meal is topped off with breads, beverages and "church lady desserts" ($1 each).

Ongoing Events

Operation Holiday

Operation Holiday

October–December 2017

Attend a kick off event for Operation Holiday 2017. You can pick up materials and collection boxes while getting motivated and enjoying either breakfast or lunch.

October 3 7:30-8:30 a.m.
October 3 12:00-1:00 p.m.
October 4 12:00-1:00 p.m.

All kick off events will take place at the Inter-Faith Ministries main office, 829 N Market. Register to attend here.

Operation Holiday distributes nonperishable food, fresh food vouchers, winter wear and blankets to low-income families and individuals to more than 12,000 Sedgwick County residents annually. Children 14 and under receive gifts through a partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Teen2Teen provides gifts for children 15-17. In 2015 we started a pet food distribution program with Skaer Veterinary Clinic. In 2016 we teamed up with Sheriff Jeff Easter and Police Chief Gordon Ramsay for the Feud of the Forces which helped raise money during the KSN Telethon and Dillons Day of Giving events.

Thank you all for your support of this important program.

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Past Events

Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Humanitarian Awards Dinner

August 17th, 2017

The wealth of philanthropy, volunteerism and just plain good people in Wichita never ceases to amaze. Each year when selecting people, business and organizations for the Humanitarian Awards, which have been presented since 1951, we are faced with excellent and difficult choices. 

The 2017 honorees exemplified devotion to others, dedication to making the community better, perseverance in the face of difficulty, strong faith and a commitment to using their time and talents to help those in need:

Peace by Piece Award: Drs. Fannette Thornhill-Scott and Thomas Scott

Golden Rule Award: Wichita Bar Association

Spirit of Faith Award: The Lord's Diner

Light of Faith Youth Award: Colwich Elementary School

Leadership through Faith Award: Mark and Louise Holden

Final Friday - Art of Faith Gallery

Final Friday - Art of Faith Gallery

World View: Artists from Wichita and Central America share their views of life, love and our world

5:30-8:30 pm
Friday, August 25, 2017
Art of Faith Gallery
829 N. Market

The World View encompasses not only artists from different countries, but different views of nature, family and friendship by different artists.Guatemalan artist Gustavo joins Wichitans Barry McEachern and Dale Krebbs in World View. This is a good time to come and meet the artists featured in the gallery while enjoying food, drinks, friendship and music. The event is organized by Lloyd Hanna, member of the College Hill Methodist Church.

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

September 14th, 2017

Please join us for our Faith Partners Annual Meeting. Mission and outreach begins locally. IFM will share our mission and goal of serving the homeless and low income in Wichita. Learn how we work in partnership with faith-based organizations to assist more than 1,400 homeless people annually. Operation Holiday will serve between 12,000 and 14,000 people this year. You can help! This event is at the Inter-Faith Spiritual Center which houses our Emergency Winter Shelter where as many as 120 men sleep each night during the winter months.

Thursday, September 14
5:30-6:30 pm
IFM Spiritual Center, 841 N. Market.

There is no charge to attend but please register in advance here.

Program Center, 829 N Market, Wichita, KS 67214|(316) 264-9303