When Nancy Kirk turned 60 she made a 44-year plan which called for spending the next ten years in exploring the changing role of religion in a pluralistic society. Shortly after setting this goal, she learned of the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha which meant she didn’t even have to move. She started with some volunteer work and a few months later when the group decided to engage an Executive Director, she said “that would be me,” made a proposal which was accepted and started two minutes after the Board voted.
The Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, is a unique partnership of Temple Israel, the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska and the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture with the goal of building a synagogue, a church, a mosque and an interfaith center on adjoining properties.
Before joining the Tri-Faith, Nancy spent 23 years as the owner of The Kirk Collection, a business specializing in antique quilts and fabrics and one of the first quilt businesses on the internet. She is the author of several books and is featured in DVDs on quilt restoration and appeared often on HGTV’s Simply Quilts.
Earlier in her career she was in non-profit management and fund-raising in the arts. She received the Dawson Arts Management award for her book “Lobbying for the Arts”. Her first career was as a newspaper reporter and photographer. She holds an M.A. from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. from Antioch College.
In her current position she finds herself using the lessons learned in journalism, non-profit management, public speaking, entrepreneurship, writing and the internet to help make the Tri-Faith project take form.