Upcoming Events and Activities

Let’s Share:
Diversity. Inclusion. Equity.


Tuesday, October 1st
9:30am – 2:00pm

Church of the Resurrection
The Foundry, Building B
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

Educator Event
This event is for educational professionals in the Topeka and Kansas City metro areas. For the public event, please see below.

Join us for a day of sharing and learning together to improve how we teach our increasingly diverse population and those still experiencing segregation. There is no cost for the workshop. Lunch is provided.

Keynote Speaker –  Debby Irving, former teacher and author of Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, presents information helpful to leveling the playing field for all students, engaging participants in meaningful dialogue and problem-solving techniques. 

Sharing – Representatives from school districts across the metro area and beyond will provide examples of initiatives that are working to make their schools more inclusive and equitable for all.  

Breakout Sessions – Engage in opportunities to focus on practical issues faced in the classroom and finding creative solutions through collaboration and sharing different perspectives.

Supported by:

I’m a Good Person!
Isn’t That Enough?

Tuesday, October 1st
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Church of the Resurrection
Sanctuary, Building A
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

Public Event
This event is free and open to the public.

Keynote Speaker: Debby Irving, former teacher and author of Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

Using historical and media images, Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her.  Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel.

This workshop is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. This presentation includes pauses for reflection, dialog, and Q&A. 

Fall Cookout

Sunday, October 6th
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Swope Park Bandstand
3999 Swope Pkwy & E Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64132


Join us for our fall cookout! 

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.

The Best of Enemies
Special Screening


If you joined us for the special screening of “The Best of Enemies” and would like to know more, click HERE to watch the 30-minute PBS documentary “An Unlikely Friendship” about Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis.

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