“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something and not be quiet.”

John Robert Lewis
Civil Rights Leader, US Congressman
1940-2020

ARJ Small Groups Stay Connected

Allies for Racial Justice advocates the creation and support of racially diverse small groups, where eight to ten people can come together for meaningful conversation on racial justice issues and to build relationships. Groups usually begin by reading and discussing a book, following a specific ARJ course curriculum, or picking a documentary or video program to view and discuss.

We are now registering individuals to join short-term small groups this September. This four-week, online small group study will focus on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Strength to Love” sermons. Participants will gather on Zoom, so even if you aren’t in the KC area, you are invited to join!

Register online (one person per registration please), and one of our team members will contact you with details.

ARJ Invites You to Examine Resurrection’s Statement on Racial Justice

On June 18, 2020, Resurrection’s Church Council unanimously approved a statement of Church of the Resurrection’s Vision for Racial Justice. This statement was developed by a diverse group of volunteer leaders and staff, led by Rev. Cheryl Jefferson Bell, after prayerful discernment over every word. You can read the statement in its entirety by downloading a PDF of it here.

Join Rev. Bell and local thought leaders in holy conversation around what it means to be the Beloved Community. In this live-streamed class, words and phrases used in Resurrection’s Vision for Racial Justice will be explored along with practical ways to build community and address injustice.

Beloved Community: Going Deeper
Wednesdays, July 29-August 12 | 6:30 pm
Streamed live at cor.org/live, followed by breakout discussions on Zoom

Programs will be archived after the class is complete on the Living into the Beloved Community page.

Discussions on the Racial Wealth Gap

Check out the free and informative discussions on “Freakonomics Radio”, a public radio program that discusses socioeconomic issues. It plays Saturdays at 2:00 PM on KCUR Radio, 89.3 FM, or you can listen online. A recent 2-part series looked at the issues around the massive racial wealth gap and the pros and cons of reparations.

Episode #426: Should America (and FIFA) Pay Reparations?
The racial wealth gap in the U.S. is massive. We explore the causes, consequences, and potential solutions. Also: another story of discrimination and economic disparity, this one perpetrated by an international sporting authority. The first of a two-part series.

Episode #427: The Pros and Cons of Reparations
Most Americans agree that racial discrimination has been, and remains, a big problem. But that is where the agreement ends.

You Are Here:
First Steps for White Christians on Race and Racism

This is a new online course for Christians who want to acquire a fundamental understanding of race and racism from a biblical perspective.

Presented by the UMC General Commission on Religion and Race, this four-part self-directed course offers videos featuring Robin DiAngelo and Rev. Dr. Anderson Hooker, reflections and activities to help people of faith to recognize racism and begin to challenge it in their lives. Cost: $39.99.

Community Events & Activities

Be the Bridge Podcasts
Latasha Morrison is a best-selling author and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. In 2016, she founded “Be the Bridge” to inform and equip ambassadors of racial reconciliation. Her podcasts are designed to cultivate conversations that will hopefully lead to real change. New episodes debut every Tuesday. Listen online.

Becoming an Anti Racist One Day at a Time

Being anti-racist involves taking an active stance, and is often accomplished one day, one action at a time. Each day, St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, IN posts doable steps from a variety of sources and viewpoints. We encourage you to be open and listen with your heart as some steps will challenge you to look at the world in a new way.

To access the resources, visit St. Luke’s website and scroll to the “Adult Discipleship” section. Click on “Becoming an Anti Racist Resources” to view the list.