The Heartland Chapter of the Alliance of Divine Love prepares for a great 2018!This wonderful year of 2018 will be a time of community involvement - with our Many communities - and a time of spiritual renewal!We are now preparing for the HeartlandADL faith booth at the annual Table of Faiths, held by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. The 2018 Table of Faiths will be held on May 8 and ADL ministers everywhere are encouraged to consider a trip to Kansas City for this always-awesome event. Table of Faiths features faith booths from over 22 faith philosophies, with the opprunity to dialogue with practitioners and learn about many faiths. (www.kcinterfaith.org) This year the keynote speaker is Nathan “Nate” Phelps, the estranged son of Fred Phelps, late leader of the Infamous Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Nate left his father’s community many years ago and now devotes his life to interfaith dialogue and promoting peaceful understanding. This promises to be an eye-opening evening event!The Heartland Chapter is also involved in early planning for the 2018 Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner. (See HERE for articles and photos from last year’s dinner.) People travel to KC to attend this event, as the Table of Faiths, and we would love to have any ADL minister attend. Again this year, several Heartland ministers will travel to the Parliament of the World’s Religions… this time, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (www.ParliamentOfReligions.org) As of this writing, Rev. Kathleen Bergman, Rev. Gregory L. McCoy and Rev. Mary Gibson McCoy are registered to attend the November gathering. (These same Heartland ministers also attended the 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City, Utah which attrated over 10,000 people from 50 faith traditions and 30 countries.) NOTE: Since the 2015 and 2018 Parliaments are in the US and Canada, it is likely that the next Parliament will be held overseas so this may be your last opportunity for several years to attend a Parliament without extensive (and expensive) travel. Since the Parliament take place in early November, just prior to the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner, we are looking forward to a busy, but happy, year!AND…. we are excitedly looking forward to an ordination this spring - the first Heartland ordination since 2008! The new student is on-track to complete her studies during the first quarter of 2018, with ordination to follow shortly. A blessed event, indeed, with an opportunity to all ADL ministers to gather and re-dedicate themselves to the Divine.