ARJ Presents: Churches in Black and White Facing Truth – Seeking Solutions

Tuesday, April 13 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Webinar

 Join us for an inward-look at how complicity with racism created and perpetuates the divide in our churches and communities. Representatives from several Christian denominations will discuss the historic role churches played in separating God’s people by “race”, the role culture and politics play in maintaining the separation, and how God’s great command to truly love our neighbors as ourselves could set things right. Panelists include Rev. Dr. Greg Ellison II, Pastor Darron Edwards, Rev. Yvi Martin, Rev. Jacque McCall, Stewart Curtright and Pastor Nick Kaufmann Mamisashvili. Moderated by Dr. Nicole Price.

Time to Bloom Through New ARJ Small Groups

New small group classes are starting in April and May. Take your pick of enlightening topics and times that work best for your schedule. Invite your family and friends to sign up too and learn together. For complete program descriptions and registration, click on the titles below. All programs are on Zoom and led by ARJ team members. 

Lord, Please Bless this Mess: Something to Think About
Thursdays | April 8- May 6 | 6:30-8:00 PM 
We live in a chaotic world where the pandemic has more clearly revealed extreme racial, economic and social injustices. However, a bigger mess, is the way we treat each other. This study seeks to bring change in race relations and bias. Join Pat Ross – St. James congregant, ARJ member, and author of Lord Please Bless this Mess: Something to Think About – to discuss the many ways we can choose love over hate. Register hereand purchase Lord Please Bless this Mess: Something to Think About on the publisher’s website.

Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus
Thursdays | April 22 – May 27 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM 
This book by Mike Slaughter, prolific author and Pastor Emeritus of Ginghamsburg Church, is used for this small group study that delves into the “rebel” Jesus and what that means when we say we are a follower of Christ.  Through his parables, it’s clear that “Jesus didn’t come to start a religion.”  He came with a challenging message to inspire us to a level of love and service toward each other that is still revolutionary today.  Book available widely; check your local library. Register here.

Strength to Love
Tuesdays | May 4 – 25 |  6:00-7:30 PM  OR
Wednesdays | April 28 – May 26 | 6:30-8:00 PM  

Join us to explore selected chapters from the Martin Luther King, Jr. book, Strength to Love. This work reveals many of King’s deepest insights about life, good, evil, social justice, and Christian faith. Join a new 4-week small group to read and discuss his writings while considering their relevance today. The book is available online and in stores; check The Well Bookstore.  

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Creating Beloved Community
Saturdays | May 1 – 22 | 9:00 – 10:30 AM OR
Tuesdays | May 4-25 | 9:00 – 10:30 AM  
Join us to answer questions and discuss practical ways to create Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a Beloved Community. What are the traits of a Beloved Community? What would our communities be like if we confronted anger and divisiveness with unconditional love? What would our church look like, and be like if Beloved Community was a reality? Once class starts, you will be provided with a discussion guide each week.

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“No Stupid Questions: Race & Implicit Bias”
Class Starts Wednesday, April 7

Thursdays April 8 – May 6 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Zoom
Join COR Pastor of Community Justice Cheryl Jefferson Bell, along with Resurrection staff and special guest speakers from The Hope Center to explore questions about race and bias in the Bible, our culture and our daily lives.

Other Information & Activities

53rd Anniversary Commemoration of
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, April 4 – 5:00-6:15 PM CDT – Livestream
The National Civil Rights Museum presents a virtual commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy on the 53rd anniversary of his death.  Program features noted speakers and stirring musical presentations, including the premiere of “Caged,” a commissioned Chamber Orchestra piece by African American composer Brian Nabors, and performed by Iris Orchestra and Memphis Symphony Orchestra Diversity Fellows. For details and registration click here.

Racism & Local Government

Monday, April 5, 5:00 PM – Virtual Event
Join this 90-minute program with elected leaders from local municipalities as they discuss local government efforts to face issues related to race and racism. Panelists will share insights about how city and county leaders can and are working to address the inequities that marginalize people of color and how to improve equity and fairness in their communities.  For more information and to register, click here.

UMKC 13th Annual César Chávez Lecture

Thursday, April 8, 6:00 PM – Virtual Event​ 
Register now for the 13th Annual César Chávez Lecture featuring Yanira Merino, national president of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. This organization aims at providing a voice for Latino working families nationally by coordinating labor policy on immigration and other issues critical to Latin Americans across the United States.Registration is required for this free online event.

Be the Bridge: Racial Reconciliation Online Class

Sundays, April 11-May 30, 3:00 – 4:30 PM – on Zoom​ 
This class is a Christianity-based training offered by “Be the Bridge” and facilitated by local Kansas City Be the Bridge Leaders. This class is for community members who are ready to take the next step in unpacking the spiritual and systemic root causes of racism on an 8-week journey towards becoming a bridge-builder for racial reconciliation. The $10 registration fee covers the cost of materials. “Be the Bridge” is a non-profit organization of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race and racialization in the U.S., with an emphasis on promoting understanding about racial disparities and injustices. Register and learn more about the facilitators here.

Seven Days 2021 Virtual Events
April 13 – 25

We are not born to hate. Hate is taught. While we are born to love and be loved… kindness can also be taught. By focusing on kindness through a variety of themes over multiple days we are more apt to form a habit of kindness. Each day, a new theme helps us practice kindness. LOVE, DISCOVER, OTHERS, CONNECT, YOU, GO and ONWARD. For details on each day’s events and how to register, click here.

Virtual Ecumenical Advocacy Days
April 18-21

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is an annual gathering of Christian advocates and activists speaking truth to power on Capitol Hill. This year’s theme is “Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored,” and is an opportunity to support the global movement centered on and led by the communities most vulnerable to climate impacts due to racial and colonial inequities. Scholarships are available to those who cannot afford the registration fee. Please email for information.
Learn more and register here.