ARJ Leadership Change Announced

Long-time Allies for Racial Justice member and Resurrection lay leader, Kay McCarthy, has been named Church Council Chair for Church of the Resurrection. Her work schedule and council commitment require her to resign her ARJ leadership role. We thank Kay for all her contributions and her pledge to continue advancing justice and equity in new ways.

ARJ member Michelle King has stepped into the ARJ Resurrection role and will work closely with St. James’ lay leader, Anita Maltbia to lead ARJ and advance our mission to forge authentic relationships to eliminate the existing racial divide in our communities and churches

Anti-Racism for White Christians

When having discussions and encounters around racism, remember, this is not just politics. It is racial violence, and racism is a sin against God. Consider the “Do’s and Don’ts” found in this flyer from the United Methodist Commission on Religion & Race. Use it for yourself or share with friends and family when talking about racism.

For more resources, check out the UMC website at www.resourceumc.org

Amend: The Fight for America

This excellent new documentary series examines the evolving, often lethal, fight for equal rights and justice through the lens of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. Will Smith narrates along with Bryan Stevenson and others.

Utilizing great production values, this highly informative documentary addresses our guaranteed rights as Americans and our responsibility to educate ourselves about our country’s past in order to inform our divided present. It’s the civics and history they didn’t teach you in school. Great material for meaningful small group discussion. Available on Netflix with a subscription.

Love They Neighbor – Staying the Course Toward Racial Reconciliation

Tuesday, March 16 | 1 pm Central | $25

This is the first of two webinars planned by Patricia Sanders Hall on using the tried-and-true platform of loving our neighbors in new ways. The program is designed for lay persons and clergy looking to step more boldly into the discipleship of knowing, understanding and loving our neighbors of all colors and races.

Learn more and register here.

New ARJ Class Coming in April: Lord Please Bless This Mess

Thursdays April 8 – May 6 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Zoom

We live in a chaotic world where the pandemic has more clearly revealed extreme racial, economic and social injustices. However, a bigger mess, is the way we treat each other. Join Pat Ross – St. James congregate, ARJ member, and author of Lord Please Bless this Mess: Something to Think About – to discuss the many ways we can choose love over hate.

Order the book here. A portion of the proceeds go to the Veteran’s Tiny Home Project.

Urban League is On a Roll in KC

The Racial Equity and Social Justice Bus has hit the streets thanks to the Urban League of Greater Kansas City and Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

Commemorating the Urban League’s 100-Year Civil Rights Legacy, the bus features bold, positive statements calling for unity, equity, and justice. In addition to serving routes across Kansas City, the bus will be used to transport seniors to vaccination sites throughout the community, and it may be used to take voters to the polls during the April Earnings Tax election.

Where are the BLM murals in Kansas City?

Take a drive around town and see the Black Lives Matter murals. They are located near the intersections of 18th and Vine streets, Northwest Briarcliff Parkway and North Mulberry Drive, Baltimore Avenue and West 10th Street, Troost Avenue and East 31st Street, Troost Avenue and East 63rd Street, Brookside Boulevard and West 63rd Street.

UMCK Pride Lecture: Bryan Terrell Clark

Finding Your Purpose:
From Baltimore to Broadway’s Hamilton

Bryan Terrell Clark is an accomplished actor and singer/songwriter who has performed in hugely successful Broadway shows and a wide range of popular television programming for various networks. He inspires others to reach their full potential in life while leaving a positive impact on the world. Hear his story, from humble beginnings in Baltimore to his starring career on Broadway – most notably as George Washington in Hamilton: The Musical. Bryan uses exposure to the arts to empower young change-makers to dream big and discover the best version of themselves.

Tuesday, March 23, 6:00PM Registration required for this free online event.

Learn more about UMKC’s Pride Lecture Series and register here.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Gordon Parks X Muhammad Ali Exhibit Closing Soon!

A reminder that the current Gordon Parks X Muhammad Ali exhibit, The Image of a Champion 1966-1970, will close on April 4. It’s a great opportunity for a socially-distanced outing with ARJ friends! Learn more about the exhibit or reserve your free tickets on the Nelson-Atkins website.

You can also read the Nelson-Atkins Museum’s statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter here.