Upcoming Events and Activities

Fall Cookout

Sunday, October 7, 1–4 pm


Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 1-4 PM

Roe Park shelter area @ 104th and Roe Avenue, Overland Park, KS

Traditional cookout fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, pop and water will be provided. Please register to bring chips, dessert or a side dish to share, and enjoy a fun afternoon of fellowship and children’s games.

Unpacking the Story of Race (Grow Night Series)

Tuesdays, October 16 – 23, 6:30 pm

Members of the Allies for Racial Justice Team – a partnership between St. James UMC and COR – will lead a series intended to help you grow in your faith as you begin to understand how to help bridge the racial divide in our city and our churches. The series will be on October 16, 23, and 30.

October 16: That’s in the Past, What Does it Have to do with Me?

Many people believe we live in a post-racial society, yet there is still undeniable racial strife, tension and separation. In this session, we will look at our own personal histories, the history of Kansas City and the history of the Methodist Church as each relate to race. Join us for a short, engaging documentary, interactive exercises and open dialogue to help examine what role race plays in our lives and our relationship with Jesus.

October 23: Implicit Bias – What We Don’t Think We Think

As each of us experiences life, we are surrounded by a number of biases. Some of these we consciously accept, some we consciously reject, while many more fall into the subconscious. Even though we are not aware of implicit biases, they constantly work in us, helping form our beliefs, values, ideas, and actions every day.

As followers of Jesus, we are created and called by God to consistently question beliefs, values, and motives by taking an intentional look at implicit biases that are corrupted by stereotype or prejudice, separating us from the Beloved Community (from GCORR website).

October 30: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Whose Culture?

Do you ever struggle understanding how the culture of the day fits with what you know about Jesus? Jesus consistently turned the culture of the day upside down. This session will take a look at today’s dominant culture and provide practical suggestions to help understand what it would be like to not be part of the dominant culture, with suggestions for ways to be allies to those in the minority culture, as is consistent with being followers of Jesus Christ.

Justice for All Panel Event

November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm
St. James UMC – Paseo Campus

Allies For Racial Justice endeavors to break down barriers that separate us from each other. We hear the community’s concerns and fears about the fairness of the criminal justice system. For many individuals, the entire judicial process is frightening, confusing, and a completely foreign world.  Knowledge helps us address our fears and concerns. Please take this opportunity attend and hear from local prosecutors on their sworn duty to provide JUSTICE FOR ALL.

Learn what steps occur place before charges are ever filed against anyone, as well as why charges are not filed in some cases. Many factors are considered when making the decision of whether to file charges or not.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel members. Please understand that no one on the panel will be able to discuss any specific case because of legal and ethical considerations.

Panelists include:

  • Jean Baker Peters, Jackson County DA
  • Mark Dupree, Wyandotte County DA
  • Steve Howe, Johnson County DA

Speaker: Debby Irving

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Foundry (Building B) at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS

Debby Irving, author of “Waking up White” will speak at Grow Night, shares her personal journey of what it is to be white in a culture that thinks race is about being black. Her book is available for purchase in the Well Bookstore at the Church of the Resurrection. Invite your small group, friends, neighbors or co-workers for this important message.

Register Here!

Festival of Sharing 2018

September 15, 2018


7 Sharefest events will be held throughout Missouri on September 15th to encourage localized and regional partnerships while maintaining ties with international organizations such as Heifer International and Church World Service. This event will include a fundraising walk, as well as opportunities for youth to engage in community service such as school kit assembly, distribution, prayer, worship, and sharing a meal.

Event details can be found at www.festivalofsharing.org

Contact info@stjamesumc.com to find out more and let us know you plan to attend

Kits may be dropped off from 9:30-11:30am on Saturday, 9/15