Upcoming Events and Activities


ARJ Presents:
Churches in Black & White
Facing Truth – Seeking Solutions 2.0

Last April, ARJ brought together representatives from several Christian denominations to discuss the historic role churches played in separating God’s people by “race” and the role culture and politics play in maintaining the separation. By popular demand, the conversation continues this month. Join us for an inward look at how complicity with racism created and perpetuates the divide in our churches and communities and how truth, racial healing and transformation is the work of the church today. Moderated by Dr. Nicole Price.

New Small Groups Set for September & October 

Walking With Jesus
Saturdays, Sept 18-Oct 30
Jesus walked and so shall we! Come out, meet members from our partner churches and make new friends. Each week, we’ll gather at a different local park to share interesting discussions and enjoy the beauty of nature. There is no prep work required. All you have to do is show up (arrive at 7:30AM) and we’ll walk together for an hour, starting at 8:00AM.
See you at the Loose Park Pavilion, 5200 Wornall Rd., KCMO on September 18th for our first walk. Crystal Hart-Johnson, a member of St. James UMC, will facilitate. Register now.
Creating Beloved Community
Tuesdays, Sept 28-Oct 19
Join us to answer questions and discuss practical ways to create Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a Beloved Community. What are the traits of a Beloved Community? If we are all made in the image and likeness of God, why are we all so different? What would our communities be like if we confronted anger and divisiveness with unconditional love?
Once class starts, you will receive a discussion guide each week. Debra Jarvis will be facilitating this group. She is a member of Church of the Resurrection. Register here.
Strength to Love
Tuesdays, Oct 5-26 or Thursdays, Oct 7-28
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book, Strength to Love, reveals many of King’s deepest insights about life, good, evil, social justice, and Christian faith. We have found it a great resource to launch new ARJ small groups and renew existing groups. Each week, for four weeks, we will explore selected chapters and discuss their relevance today.
The book is available at the Well Book Store. If you are buying online, please consider purchasing your book from a black-owned bookstore.
Tuesdays: Facilitated by Mark Albrecht who trained in non-violence through the MLK Center. Register here.
Thursdays: Facilitated by Debra Jarvis, a member of the Church of the Resurrection.  Register here.