ARJ wishes everyone a blessed Advent and a beautiful Christmas season. 
This month’s newsletter has many opportunities for you to share tidings of learning and joy with your family and friends

Courageous Conversations:
Racism in Kansas City

On Monday, December 7 at 5:30 PM, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s “Courageous Conversations” feature G.S. Griffin, the author of “Racism in Kansas City”.  Along with Community Leader Alvin Brooks, he will discuss the harsh reality of race relations and racism in KC. The goal is to create a better understanding of our current state and explore solutions and actions for progress.

The event will be moderated by Tyrone Aiken, KCFAA’s Chief Artistic Officer. This event is free to the public and will be held on Zoom, you must pre-register to attend. ARJ members are encouraged to attend.

Seasonal Learning Opportunities from Saint James and Resurrection

Just in time for the Advent season! Small groups and individuals are invited to join the many classes offered remotely by our member churches. Programs provide a meaningful way to pause, reflect, and share the holiday season with friends, both new and old. Here are two you might want to consider. Find others listed on the St. James and Resurrection websites. Remember, if you can’t join every week, join whenever you can!


“Mary Had a Baby”
An Advent Study Based on African American Spirituals
Tuesdays | 6:30pm | December 1-22

Led by St. James pastor, the Reverend Jackie McCall, this program includes scripture, song lyrics, devotionals and related discussion. The four spirituals featured are “Mary Had a Baby”, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow”, “Children Go Where I Send Thee”, and “Go, Tell it on the Mountain”. Zoom sessions are on December 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 6:30pm. Join all or whichever ones work with your schedule. For more information:



Advent Study 2020

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:45 pm | Advent

Several Resurrection campus pastors are leading a five-week study to explore the traditional Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love and what they mean for our lives today. This virtual class is held on Wednesdays in December at 6:30 PM. It includes teaching by the pastors on, followed by discussion in small breakout groups on Zoom. Again, attend all or as many of the sessions as you can. Click here to learn more or register.


Christmas at Resurrection

Due to Covid-19, Resurrection’s traditional holiday program will be presented virtually this year. The show will revisit some of the most popular performances of the past three years and feature all of the church’s musical groups plus the beautiful Christmas story.

The free online broadcast will be at on these dates and times:
• Dec. 10: 7:30 pm
• Dec. 11: 7:30 pm
• Dec. 12: 10:30 am and 7:30 pm
• Dec. 13: 1:30 pm

TV broadcast times on Christmas day will be available soon and will be posted on the Resurrection website.

Other Information & Activities

“Unto Us A Scholar Is Born”
Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group – December Meeting

The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group’s annual commemoration of Dr. Carter G. Woodson – the “Father of Black History”— will be held on Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 PM.

Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and in 1926 initiated the celebration of Negro History week, the forerunner of Black History Month.

Guest speaker Dr. Margaret Bristow will perform a dramatic skit illustrative of the life of Dr. Woodson. The audience will see how Woodson’s life and concerns still speak to us today, as they pertain to the Black family, identity, advancement of the race, and how best to teach our rich history.




“Between the World and Me” – Special HBO Film

Many of you may have read Ta-Nehisi Coates 2015 book, Between The World And Me. It was written as a letter to Coates’ teenage son, and recounts the author’s experiences growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his growing fear of daily violence against the Black community. The narrative explores Coates’ bold notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy.

The HBO Special, based on the 2018 adaptation and staging of the book at the Apollo Theater, is now showing on the HBO network. Combining elements of the Apollo’s production, including powerful readings from Coates’ book, the program incorporates documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation.

You can also check out HBO’s Between The World And Me podcast. Executive producer Susan Kelechi Watson leads in-depth discussions with thought leaders and creatives to extend the conversation, unpack the film, and relive key moments from the landmark work. Available for free on all major podcast platforms or on HBO’s website.