Kudos for the First ARJ Webinar Event

Congratulations to everyone who helped make our first virtual event such a great success. Over 1300 people tuned in to Zoom and Facebook on June 16 for “COVID 19 & You: Insights from Local Medical Specialists”.

Pastors Emanuel Clever III, St. James UMC and Adam Hamilton, Resurrection, introduced the event that featured moderator Dr. Nicole D. Price, CEO of Lively Paradox; Dr. Rex Archer, Director of Health for Kansas City, MO; emergency medicine physician Dr. David P. Lisbon; neonatal-perinatal specialist Dr. Tiffany B. Simpson; and respiratory specialist Dr. Steven W. Stites. ARJ Lay Leaders Anita Maltbia and Kay McCarthy also appeared. Special thanks to Pat Frye and her event committee.

You can find the replay on the ARJ website.

If you attended the webinar on Zoom or watched it on Facebook, we would love your feedback – Please click here to take a brief survey about the experience.

“Patent Racism” –
A Planet Money Podcast

This is a fascinating 25-minute podcast which was recently heard on KCUR radio. It helps explain the impact violence, injustice and racism have played in preventing many Black communities and individuals to thrive economically. It’s the true story of Lisa Cook and how she identified a big hole in the economic theory of innovation that she ties back to patents, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and covert government actions.

This may not be “news” to our Black brothers and sisters, but it needs to be shared widely with our white family and friends to better understand how it all came to this. Give it a listen.

How to Share Video Evidence of Racial Trauma Honorably

Before you post or share video on social media, consider how the content might affect our brothers and sisters of color. The UMC General Commission on Race and Religion has suggestions on sharing video evidence of racial trauma honorably.

Community Events & Activities

Help Build Hope in Kansas City

Join other volunteers for Habitat for Humanity KC’s “House of Abraham” project. This interfaith partnership brings us together to build a home and new relationships with other communities of faith. Each Saturday, volunteers meet at a specific project address to get instructions and get started. Physical distancing guidelines are observed. Masks are required and gloves provided. Visit the website for more information – House of Abraham Build.

Get Ready to Vote

It’s election season in Kansas and Missouri.  Be sure that you know the rules, the candidates, the issues … and are ready to cast your ballots.


  • July 14 – Last day to register to vote in the primary
  • August 4 – Primary Election
  • October 13 – Last day to register to vote in the general election
  • November 3 – General Election

Click here for more information on Kansas voting, or visit your county election office.


  • July 8 – Last day to register to vote in the primary
  • August 4 – Presidental Primary and Medicaid Expansion
  • October 7 – Last day to register to vote in the general election
  • November 3 – General election

Click here for more information on Missouri voting.

Voter Resources From the League of Women Voters

A highly recommended information resource on local, state and national elections is the League of Women Voters.

The League is non-partisan and does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. Founded from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans through broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Great information on the League and upcoming elections in your state can be found on their websites:

Kansas: https://lwvk.org/
Missouri: https://lwvmissouri.org/

Volunteers Needed in the Blue Hills Neighborhood

Project Blue Hills Beautiful continues this summer.  The Blue Hills Neighborhood Association needs volunteers to help with Neighborhood Clean-up on Saturdays from 8:00 AM till Noon.  The goal is to make Blue Hills once again beautiful, vibrant, and crime-free. Work gloves, supplies and equipment will be provided.  No session on July 4th weekend.  Call 816-333-7232 to sign-up.