Upcoming Events and Activities



ARJ & KC Friends of Alvin Ailey Present: Courageous Conversations

Monday, February 15 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | Zoom

Join ARJ and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey for this timely program featuring media representatives from the Kansas City Star, The Call, The Globe, The Kansas City Business Journal, KCUR and other local media organizations. Nick Haines, Executive Producer of Public Affairs for KCPT Public TV, will moderate. Register in advance for this important webinar.

Strength to Love Small Groups

Tuesdays | 6:30-8 p.m. | February 23 – March 23 on Zoom

Strength to Love is a book containing some of the most salient meditative and sermonic pieces of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The study allows a small group to read and discuss the topics while considering their relevance today. The book is available at The Well Book Store and on Amazon.

ARJ is Making Plans for 2021 & We Need You!

ARJ Leadership Teams are working on plans for next year’s programs and activities. We’d like your input for program ideas and areas of interest in which you’d like to volunteer your time and talents. Recognizing that we will likely be “meeting” virtually in the foreseeable future, we’re anxious to put project teams in place to work on internet-based programs and special initiatives in order to lock down our 2021 calendar.

Small Groups
The ARJ Small Groups Sub-Committee is dedicated to building meaningful relationships between members of the two congregations through small group studies and social interaction. This team develops, pilots and provides appropriate curriculums and materials for use by new and existing ARJ small groups. They initiate the formation of new small groups, monitor and report program outcomes, and identify new opportunities to strengthen and sustain small groups.
Contact: Debra Jarvis, debraj@visioningvalues.com

Large Group Events
The ARJ Large Group Events Sub-Committee is involved in creating and executing major programs and events that support the ARJ mission. Programs are especially designed to bring together members of the two churches, as well as local communities, to educate and inform participants about racial justice issues and establish open, faith-based dialogues. Past programs include special showings of films and documentaries and live presentations featuring leading racial justice educators, authors and advisors. This group also helps develop and execute ARJ social events such as family days at the zoo, cookouts, art exhibits, sporting events and other activities.
Contact: Pat Frye, pfrye247@gmail.com

Social Justice
The Social Justice Sub-Committee studies, promotes and helps to actualize racial justice initiatives in our communities. This group is committed to eliminating mass incarceration. Recognizing that the greatest injustices are disproportionately inflicted upon communities of color, especially Black communities, this team is working on initiatives that can make a difference close to home. Statistics show that the greatest injustices are disproportionately inflicted upon communities of color, especially Black communities. This team is working on initiatives that can make a difference in practical issues such as accessing freedom to maintain personal obligations pre-prosecution and gaining true freedom post time served.
Contact: Stewart Curtright, stewart.curtright@cor.org

Marketing & Communications
The Marketing & Communications Sub-Committee members serve as promotion and communications advisors to the Leadership Team and Sub-Committees. The group develops and implements marketing strategies, communication materials, and public relations programs to support the ARJ mission. The team helps build interest and awareness for ARJ events and activities through regular and special communications including the monthly newsletter and support in creating/managing ARJ’s website and social media presence.
Contact: Susan Dimick, susan.dimick2@gmail.com