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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

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us;
Authority rests upon his shoulders;
And he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Isaiah 9:6
Allies for Racial Justice wishes everyone a beautiful and joyous Christmas season. While we have no classes or events in December, we encourage you to share in the many opportunities for worship, volunteering and fellowship offered by St. James UMC, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, and throughout our community. Our classes will resume right after the first of the year. This newsletter highlights some of the upcoming 2022 ARJ events that you won’t want to miss.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
Saturday, January 15-Early Afternoon
Church of the Resurrection-Leawood Campus
ARJ presents a joy-filled celebration commemorating the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who believed in and sought “the Beloved Community”.  Speakers will include the Reverends Robert Lee Hill (Pastor Emeritus Community Christian Church), Emanuel Cleaver III (St. James, UMC) and Adam Hamilton (United Methodist Church of the Resurrection). Powerful musical performances will be presented by Isaac S. Cates and Ordained, the St. James Praise Team, and liturgical dancer Kymberlyn Jones. Artist Michelle Beasley will capture it all on canvas for posterity. Watch for more details including the specific time for the 15th as well as joint serving opportunities. Tell your family and friends about this very special event and mark the date on your calendar now!
Curtain Up!
Join ARJ for Thought-Provoking Live Theatre
Two more ARJ events need to make it to your 2022 calendar!  Save the dates now. Blocks of tickets have been reserved so that we can attend together with our small groups and with family and friends. We will share the full details shortly for you to sign up.  You won’t want to miss either of these excellent plays.
Sunday, February 13th 2022 at 2:00PM
The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center
Overland Park, KS 66211
Memphis is a musical by David Bryan and loosely based on the story of Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips, one of the first white DJs to play Black music in the 1950s. This Tony and Olivier Award-winning play features irresistible songs, explosive dancing, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love.
Sunday, March 20th 2022 at 2:00pm
Kansas City Repertory Theatre - Copaken Stage
This knockout, award-winning play is about a boxer, but not really about boxing.  Inspired by the real-life experiences of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, this play is about the life of the outsider. Set in the midst of the 1950s Jim Crow era, it explores one man’s struggle, at the same time, reflecting much broader ones.
Getting to Know Our Partner Churches Better
Forging authentic relationships to eliminate the existing racial divide
in our communities and churches.
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.
Share in Christmas Season Volunteering & Worship
Join family and friends on Sunday mornings at 9:00AM @ Paseo (5540 Wayne Ave, KCMO 64110) and 10:30AM @ St. James South KC (9420 James A. Reed Rd 64138.  You can also worship with us on line at or by phone at 888-363-8708.  
Worship together this and every weekend. Invite a friend to join you In-Person at any one of our locations on Sundays at 9:00AM or 11:00AM, and Sunday 5:00PM at Leawood. No registration required; mask wearing is encouraged. You can also worship online at at 5:00PM  Saturday, 7:30,9:00, and 11:00AM and 5:00PM Sunday, and on television at KMCI Channel 38 Sundays at 8:00AM and 11:00AM For a list of physical locations check out 
Other Information & Activities
Wednesday, December 8     6:00PM Start
Join us as we take the joy of Christmas to the streets. Come with family, invite friends and meet us at any one of our gathering zones across the city. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and cookies before taking off with a group of singers, going door to door, singing Christmas carols. Pick the location that works best for you and your group – Blue Springs, Downtown, Leawood, Overland Park or West Olathe. 
Click HERE to find a place to Carol
“This Changes Everything”
December 9-11 – Virtual Event
As people of faith, we have a special calling to honor all creation and establish justice. UMC Church & Society invites you to gather with your family, friends, and fellow church members to watch a screening of “This Changes Everything,” a documentary film based on Naomi Klein’s book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.” The documentary is available for three days only and requires a special viewing link, which is limited in numbers. Please register now to receive the special link and discussion guide on December 6, 2021.
 Registration: Dec 9-11 Screening of "This Changes Everything"  (Closed captioning will be provided.)  
Black Stories Matter is a program created by the TMI Project that uses true storytelling to speak truth to power and to help dismantle the white supremacist systems that hold racism in place. TMI Project is a nonprofit transmedia organization focused on bringing diverse audiences together and amplifying the voices of populations whose stories often go unheard. Check out their website for more information and to view programs, blog posts and other resources.
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.
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Allies for Racial Justice Team

13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224

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