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A partnership between St. James UMC and Church of the Resurrection
You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Matthew 22:39

ARJ Small Groups Are Revving Up!

Call your friends and ARJ acquaintances to meet up for fun and interesting learning events scheduled this month. These activities are great ways to introduce people from both churches to ARJ and get everyone ready for our regular programming starting this fall.

Second Saturday at Joy Meadows

Saturday, August 14
6:00 – 8:30 PM
Linwood, KS

Join us for Joy Meadows “Second Saturday” gathering of foster families and those interested in learning about this ministry. Joy Meadows is a 23-acre property that provides families with community support, housing and resources, so children impacted by foster care can find stability, healing & joy.
 
We will meet at 5:45PM in the Joy Meadows parking lot located at 12400 170th St., Linwood, KS 66052.  Dave Rock will provide a mini-tour and background information from 6-7 p.m. Then we will head to KJ’s Pizza in De Soto for food and fellowship. For questions – email Dave Rock at: rockbsmab@gmail.com or call him at: 913-549-2983.  

Groundwater Approach:
Racial Equity and Inclusion Workshop

Saturday, August 14
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Virtual Event

This KC Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI) virtual training event is an interactive presentation on the nature and impact of structural racism and what it looks like across institutions. The Groundwater Approach teaches how to use data to measure the systemic impact of racism and track institutional change. REI works across the country to understand the factors that have led to current day inequities and position us to break down those barriers. Learn more and register here.

“Testimony” at The Nelson Atkins

Saturday, August 28
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
KCMO

The Nelson Atkins Museum, 4525 Oak Street, KCMO, has a special exhibit entitled, “Testimony” featuring original artworks in various media offered by the Kansas City African American Artists Collective.

On this day, artists will be present to demonstrate their creative talents. We are especially proud that five members of St. James UMC, have artwork on exhibition. We are reserving up to 15 tickets for an ARJ meet-up group. These tickets are free, but you need to RSVP so that we know how many are coming. 
 
Meet the ARJ representative at the museum main entrance doors at 10:30AM to receive your individual ticket. From there we will head to in the Bloch Lobby in the Museum. If you have any questions, please contact Debra at debraj@visioningvalues.com or 317-213-0102.

For more information on the exhibit visit:  https://nelson-atkins.org/exhibitions/testimony/.

Small Groups Starting Again in September and October 

We are excited to launch new ARJ morning and evening small groups starting in September and October. Be sure to save the date for Saturday mornings 7:30-9:00AM September 18 – October 30 for “Walk with Jesus” in-person, at various beautiful parks in our Kansas City metro area, led by St. James UMC member, Crystal Hart-Johnson. 
 
We will also have 4-5 week virtual and possibly in-person small groups on various topics on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00PM, Tuesday mornings 9:00-10:30AM, and Thursday evenings 6:30-8:00PM. Registration web-links will be available in the September 1st ARJ Newsletter.

Johnson County Clean Slate
Virtual Expungement Clinic
Applications Accepted Through August 31

Kansas Legal Services, in partnership with the Johnson County Bar Association, present this opportunity to assist qualified applicants with Johnson County District Court expungements.  While not all charges are eligible for expungement, many are, and pro bono attorneys may be able to help. Filing fees may apply. Apply online or by phone through August 31st at www.kansaslegalservices.org or call 1-800-723-6953.  You can also contact Christy Campbell at campbell@klsinc.org or 316-290-8230. 

Other Information & Activities

Broke Open:
A New Musical Premier

August 12-15
Unity Temple on the Plaza


The premier of the new musical Broke Open will serve as the first fundraiser and the first production in the Unity Performing Arts Center. A group is working to restore the lower level of Unity Temple on the Plaza into a dinner theatre. 
 
Their mission is to educate, inspire and provide an affordable venue for historically and socially conscious productions. Funds will be used to restore and update the equipment, acoustics, lighting, and sound systems of this long-forgotten space. The production will play August the 12th-15th.  For information and to purchase tickets go to BrokeOpen.com.  

PBS American Experience Films: 
Jesse Owens

 
The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. 

The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don’t. Watch the film on the PBS website.
 

Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away.
Exhibit at Union Station

“This exhibition can become a great warning cry for us all against building the future on hatred, racism, anti-Semitism and bottomless contempt for another human being.”
 Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Director Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywinski:
 
Nearly seventy-five years ago 1.1 million people were murdered by the Nazis and over 7,000 remaining prisoners were liberated from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camps. Understanding how Auschwitz came to be is a core purpose of this poignant, comprehensive and meticulous exhibition.
 
This is the world’s first Auschwitz travelling exhibition and it is making its second and final North American stop here in Kansas City at Union Station through January 2022. For more information and tickets, visit unionstation.org/event/auschwitz/

Getting to Know Our Partner Churches Better 

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, and we hope everyone is getting vaccinated. But the good news is that both St. James and Resurrection are returning to modified in-person worship and gatherings while retaining the options for virtual connections. We encourage ARJ members and friends to watch or safely attend services at each other’s churches. Sign up for each other’s Bible classes and small groups, too. These are great ways to really get to know your “neighbors” better. 

Check out the church websites and sign up for weekly pastor messages to better connect within our two congregations.
 
 
 
 
 
Read, View and Learn
Visit the Allies for Racial Justice website for great video and book suggestions that can help us better understand our differences, appreciate our similarities and establish Christ-centered solutions to end racial and social injustices.  Terrific selections for ARJ Small Groups!
 
Click HERE for all our recommended reading and video resources.
For more information on Allies for Racial Justice, visit our website:  https://alliesforracialjustice.org 
or join the conversation on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlliesForRacialJustice​

Allies for Racial Justice Team

13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224

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