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  Exhibit creator James Buchanan, Ph.D. to speak at A Blessing to One Another Opening    
  Kansas City, MO    
January 29, 2009

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Arthur Stilwell room, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo

Avila University invites you to be among the first in Kansas City to see the inspirational exhibit, A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People, which details Pope John Paul II’s story about the power of prayer and hope.

Join the excitement as the exhibit kicks off Feb. 3, with the Harry S. Truman Lecture Series featuring exhibit co-creator James Buchanan, Ph.D. He will present, “Responding to Globalization: The New Challenges for Interfaith Dialogue in the 21st Century.”

Michael J. Devine, Director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, will open the evening by discussing the importance of President Truman’s recognition of the state of Israel. The Most Reverend Robert W. Finn, D.D., Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Rabbi Alan Cohen, director of interreligious affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee will bless the exhibit and the Avila University Singers will perform. Opening night festivities are open to the public on Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Extreme Screen Theatre at Union Station.

The exhibit itself will be on display from Feb. 4 to March 27, 2009, at Union Station in the newly renovated Arthur Stilwell Room. For more information about the exhibit A Blessing to One Another, special events or to volunteer, go to or call Avila University at (816) 501-2434.


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.