Allies for Racial Justice | Connect, Unite, Restore

Forging authentic relationships to eliminate the existing racial divide in our communities and churches.

Tuesday, October 1st
6:30pm – 8:30pm

In this engaging workshop, author and educator Debby Irving shares her story of personal discovery and how she came to understand the institutions and belief systems that influenced her life. This journey led her to a greater sense of her own humanity, and to a deeper understanding of the racial inequities that exist in our country.

Church of the Resurrection
Sanctuary, Building A
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

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The Kansas City community was developed and shaped in ways that segregated us, God’s people. These ways were inconsistent with anything followers of Christ should support. Sadly, this is true of the history of Methodism in our country as well. Because our community, and earlier versions of our denomination, were intentionally designed in ways inconsistent with Christ’s teachings, we as the Church must be intentional about redesigning it. We must begin in our segregated churches by building trusted relationships and friendships.
This process begins with conversations and listening to one another’s stories and histories. It is only when we begin to know each other that change can occur at the deepest levels – within our hearts. We must learn to empathize with the histories of our Christian brothers and sisters and to stand up with them for what is right.
We must work to put aside fears, biases, and prejudices that have come from our separation. These changes will not happen overnight. We are called to intentionally engage with one another and move out of our comfort zones to love each other, as Jesus commands, as we love ourselves.
Join the Allies for Racial Justice, a team comprised of St. James and Church of the Resurrection congregants, to connect, unite and restore our churches and our city – one intentional, courageous and loving act at a time. We are to be salt and light to the world and that begins with one handshake, one conversation and a willingness to communicate. Take those steps with us.

About Allies for Racial Justice

Building Bridges of Understanding
This ministry is a partnership of…
St. James United Methodist Church United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
In the summer of 2016, the news was filled with officer-involved shootings of African Americans, along with the shootings of five police officers in Dallas, Texas. Tensions between the black community and the officers commissioned to protect them escalated. These conflicts were not new, and secular approaches had done little to resolve the systemic issues leading to these situations. There seemed to be no resolution in sight.
The senior pastors of Church of the Resurrection and St. James United Methodist became determined to transform our congregations and our city into the place envisioned by Jesus, a place where all brothers and sisters in Christ care for and empathize with one another – a transformation that begins with understanding and listening to each other. We held a community forum at St. James on August 30, 2016, to discuss the racial history and current state of racial relations in Kansas City.
That forum was a first step, beginning the hard work of building bridges of understanding. As a follow-up, we formed the Allies for Racial Justice team. This team is comprised of members representing each congregation and is working toward implementing a vision of a city that will someday better reflect the kingdom of God.
Members from St. James United Methodist and The Church of the Resurrection plan events together like cookouts and football watch parties to break bread together and share fun times, build relationships, and talk about moving forward to reflect the Kingdom of God in the world.

Recommended Resources

These videos, books and other resources are excellent guides to having conversations about racial reconciliation.


"KC Race and Equity Initiative: Starting the Conversation" 8/29/2018

"KC Race and Equity Initiative: Socialization and Bias" 10/30/2018

"Understanding Others", Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III sermon


"Race: The Power of an Illusion" (excerpt)


"Our Divided City"


"Building the Troost Wall: Structural Racism in Kansas City"


"Elements that Hinder and Help Fruitful Dialogue on Issues of Race", Rev. David Anderson Hooker


"Vital Conversations" with Dr. Robin DiAngelo


TEDtalks 2012: Bryan Stevenson, "We Need to Talk about Injustice"


Racial Reconciliation Conference 2017: Daniel Hill


Rev. Adam Hamilton's Sermon: Stand Together


TED Talk: Walk Toward Your Biases


TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story



Other Resources

Driving Tour

Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. The tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through.