History of Beyond Tolerance
In June of 2015 there was a tragic shooting in the Immanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. In response to this horrific event people from all over the city of Wichita, Ks came together to hold a prayer vigil. The crowd gathered represented a rather diverse racial makeup of the city. At one point, a leader at the event even commented on this fact, noting that it was good to have so many white sisters and brothers along with the predominantly African American crowd.
This comment sparked a realization among several of the leaders: for as diverse as the city of Wichita is, we are still a very segregated city and the different racial communities barely even know each other.
After the Charleston vigil, Bishop Wade Moore and Reverend Sam Muyskens organized a group of religious leaders to begin to find a way to bring our city together. At that planning meeting we noted often we simply just tolerate each others presence. We felt that we need move towards something more. We need deeper and more meaningful relationships across races. We need more that just acceptance of our differences but celebration of those differences. We need to genuinely understand We need to move our whole community beyond simply tolerating people of other races. It was out of this meeting that the name "Beyond Tolerance" was born.