Statement on the Passing of Rev. Robert H. Meneilly
He was the founding pastor of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas which he led from 1949 until his retirement in 1994. Dr. Bob, as he was fondly known, was a strong advocate for civil rights and social justice whose message carried far beyond the Kansas City metropolitan area.
His 1993 sermon on “The Dangers of Religion” denounced religious extremism that could breed harassment, bigotry, and intolerance, and was published across the country. He noted that religion “can be a democratic republic’s greatest good or its worst threat.”
He received the 1995 Good Neighbor Award in honor of his work to promote good relations among all nations, races, and religions.
The Foundation was honored by his willingness to serve as a Chaplain. Our audiences at many luncheons were inspired by his prayers that encouraged us to show respect for all, to be a good neighbor, and, as he always concluded, “to be of good cheer.”