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Tallgrass Creek hosts Clergy Appreciation Breakfast

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May 14th, 2010

OVERLAND PARK, Kans. (April 22) Tallgrass Creek hosted the first Clergy Appreciation Breakfast ' today to thank local clergy for all the spiritual support they provide to both Tallgrass Creek residents and staff. Tallgrass Creek's Executive Director John Harned welcomed spiritual leaders from Overland Park, Olathe, Prairie Village, and Leawood during a reception before the breakfast where the 40-member Tallgrass Creek Chorale presented a concert of ' inspirational music. Tallgrass Creek is a community of faith, Harned said. As your parishioners who live and work at Tallgrass Creek likely have told you, this is a community that respects diversity of interests and embraces opportunities for both faith-based and interfaith activities. Our Interfaith Council is a vibrant example of our philosophy of diversity and inclusion, he continued. Tallgrass Creek's Interfaith Council creates ' programs to help ' the community ' better understand various faith traditions. It also ' offers ' opportunities to honor and celebrate those beliefs. The Interfaith Council and Bible study group are among 70 wholly resident-driven interest groups on campus. Tallgrass Creek also hosts Vespers services, simulcasts a Protestant worship service on campus each Sunday, and has ' areas on campus ' dedicated to ' meditation and reflection. ' The Clergy Appreciation Breakfast was a place where all faiths came together to embrace our community, said Jean Dennis, director of sales at Tallgrass Creek. Dozens of residents and staff welcomed their clergy for the reception and tours of the campus and their homes and offices. I was honored to welcome all three pastors from my church, Bethany Lutheran Church.

Tallgrass Creek is an Erickson ' retirement ' community in Overland Park, Kansas. Erickson ' manages a network of 19 communities nationwide that combine a maintenance-free, active lifestyle with social activities, amenities, and medical offerings proven to improve both physical and mental health.

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