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A partnership between St. James UMC and Church of the Resurrection
You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Matthew 22:39

Kudos!
ARJ October Reunion Success
It was incredibly marvelous to meet and greet ARJ members and friends in person at our recent reunion event. Speakers Chuck Alphin and Pamela Peters provided personal and professional insights as we dug into the topics of violence, non-violence and social media and how we can actually talk about it in an informed, civilized, Christ-like manner. St. James ARJ Leader Anita Maltbia deftly moderated the panel and fielded the tons of audience questions.  Thank you to everyone who attended and a great big SALUTE for organizing and deploying the event goes to ARJ members Debra Jarvis, LaDonna Williams-Hunt, Mark Albright, Roosevelt Braxton, Stewart Curtright, and Tom and Susan Ventura. The team is putting together a video of the program and will post it soon to the ARJ website.

Influencing Public Policy:

1-Hour Virtual
ARJ Letter Writing Workshop
 
Tuesday, November 16th
10:30am or 7:30pm
Yes, you really can influence public policy – and you can learn how from the comfort of home. Join us on Zoom to see how a well-structured letter can create goodwill and support justice in our local communities. Find out about letters that have been written to police departments and other agencies to inspire change. ARJ member and community development professional, Susan Ventura, will provide tips and a template to make it easy for you to prepare letters of praise or concern on the civic issues you care about. Be the difference!  A Zoom link and letter template will be provided upon your registration confirmation. 
Register Here
What Do Today's Issues Tell Us
About Who We Really Are?
Two-Week Virtual Class
Thursdays
December 2nd and 9th 6:30-8:00 pm
 
Looking at the issues we are facing today, what makes you angry? What causes people to hate, when God calls us to love? Do people really want the truth when they ask us how we are doing? Do we treat people differently because of their status? Join us for a 2-session exploration of hate, hurt, pain and guilt. Pat Ross, ARJ member, St. James congregate, and author, will guide us through these questions using chapters from her book, “Lord Please Bless this Mess” and Anthony Butler’s book, “Who Cancelled Common Sense?”. Class materials will be provided, so book purchases are optional. To purchase Pat’s book, contact her at 816-255-2395. To purchase Anthony’s book, go to https://www.violenceiprevent.com/
Click Here to Register

Getting to Know Our Partner Churches Better 

Forging authentic relationships to eliminate the existing racial divide in our communities and churches.
COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, and we hope everyone is getting vaccinated. But the good news is that both St. James and Resurrection are returning to modified in-person worship and gatherings while retaining the options for virtual connections. We encourage ARJ members and friends to watch or safely attend services at each other’s churches. Sign up for each other’s Bible classes and small groups, too. These are great ways to really get to know your “neighbors” better. 

Check out the church websites and sign up for weekly pastor messages to better connect within our two congregations.
 
 
Join family and friends on Sunday mornings at 9:00AM @ Paseo (5540 Wayne Ave, KCMO 64110) and 10:30AM @ St. James South KC (9420 James A. Reed Rd 64138.  You can also worship with us on line at https://sjumckc.org/worship-online/ or by phone at 888-363-8708.   www.sjumckc.org            vimeo.com/sjumckc
 
Worship together this and every weekend. Invite a friend to join you In-Person at any one of our locations on Sundays at 9:00AM or 11:00AM, and Sunday 5:00PM at Leawood. No registration required; mask wearing is encouraged. You can also worship online at cor.org at 5:00PM  Saturday, 7:30,9:00, and 11:00AM and 5:00PM Sunday, and on television at KMCI Channel 38 Sundays at 8:00AM and 11:00AM For a list of physical locations check out cor.org/leawood/#locations 
 
 
Other Information & Activities
UNITE KC
In Close Proximity-
Conversations about Race and Unity
 
7:00 PM Thursday nights - November 04 and 18
…and every other Thursday going forward
 
One of Unite KC’s goals in pursuing racial healing is to connect people across the KC metro area. A great way to do this is to provide safe spaces for people to have honest, sometimes difficult, conversations about their experiences. “In Close Proximity”, is an online conversation series that allows just that. It’s an opportunity for people of diverse colors, backgrounds and life experiences to share those experiences with the intention of listening to and understanding one another. There’s no need to register! Just head to unitekc.org to download the Go Underground discussion guide and click the Zoom link below to join at 7 PM on Thursday nights, November 4 and 18, and every other Thursday going forward. It’s an online chat making difficult conversations possible.
 
Zoom Link
National Museum of African American
History & Culture Presents:
 
All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack
With Dr. Tiya Miles
Virtual-Saturday, November 13-11:00AM-12:30PM Central
All That She Carried documents and interprets the life of Ashley’s sack, an object handed down through three generations of Black women and later displayed at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Join renowned historian Tiya A. Miles as she follows the sack’s journey. Miles metaphorically unpacks the bag, deepening its emotional resonance and exploring the meanings and significance of everything it contained. An extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives. All That She Carried is a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award. 
 
 
Register Here
COVID 19, VACINATIONS AND (MIS) INFORMATION
IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
 
Tuesday, Nov. 16 – 3:00PM – Virtual Event
Join this 10th program in UMKCs “Critical Conversations” series, sponsored by the office of UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. The panel discussion, in Zoom town hall-format, features UMKC faculty, staff, students and leading experts on the topics being discussed. The goal is to enlighten, educate and explore the causes and potential cures for racism and to share actionable steps that can be used to improve racial interactions in the broader community. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required.  A Zoom link will be provided upon registration confirmation. 
Register Here
Read, View and Learn
Visit the Allies for Racial Justice website for great video and book suggestions that can help us better understand our differences, appreciate our similarities and establish Christ-centered solutions to end racial and social injustices.  Terrific selections for ARJ Small Groups!
 
Click HERE for all our recommended reading and video resources.
For more information on Allies for Racial Justice, visit our website:  https://alliesforracialjustice.org 
or join the conversation on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlliesForRacialJustice​

Allies for Racial Justice Team

13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224

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