Last Call for 2020 Census

The US Census deadline has been extended to October 31. If you haven’t participated or know anyone who hasn’t, please act now. Minority communities are especially vulnerable to being undercounted. Accurate counting is critical to the allocation of federal funds to communities for the next ten years.  Funding for education, housing, roads, public transit, social services and many other aspects of your community are based on these headcounts. Census figures are also used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.  Go to https://2020census.gov/  and learn how to be counted. 

Make a Plan to Vote

Use your power at the ballot box. But first, determine when, where and how you’ll cast your vote. Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, finalize your plans now. Check your voter registration, election rules and polling locations on your state election websites. October 7 is the last day to register to vote in Missouri. October 13 is the last day to register to vote in Kansas.Resources

ARJ & KC Friends of Alvin Ailey Forming Alliance

ARJ is extending our reach by aligning with like-minded community organizations. Most recently, the ARJ Leader Team has participated in “Courageous Conversations” with board members of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Together we continue our journeys to grow in understanding by addressing issues of racial injustice. 

Videos and timely articles help guide our discussions. This month we are discussing the powerful video,  ‘The Truth About the Confederacy , featuring Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality. While it was done in 2017, it covers today’s critical issues, including what we teach our children about our shared history. We thought you should see it and consider using in your small groups. Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes.

Your Liberation is My Liberation:
Empowering Ourselves Through Christ to Become Anti-Racist

Tuesdays on Zoom through December 15 | 6:30-8:30 PM 

You can still join this class live on Tuesday nights.  The course is a deep dive examination of the concepts and insights found in “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi. Explore when, where and how race intersects our Christian journey.  Classes will be held on Zoom; format includes breakout sessions.

Church of the Resurrection Online Class: What is Justice? 

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:45 pm | Oct 14-28

Many of us can point out an injustice when we see one, but are we as quick to recognize what the solution is? Members of the Mission Ministries staff, led by Pastor of Community Justice, Rev. Cheryl Jefferson Bell, will look at definitions of justice from several different angles – Biblical, restorative and community-centered– and will explore how God is calling each of us into this work

Other Information & Activities

The annual gala for Miracle of Innocence will be held online this year on October 28th at 7:00 PM (CST). This is a free event open to all.  Learn about the great work MOI is doing to free the innocent and help them when they come home. For more information visit MiracleOfInnocence.org/Gala​

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15-October 15 each year. It begins in the middle of the month because September 15 marks the anniversary of the independence of five countries: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. It is followed by Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16 and Chile’s, September 18.  Learn more here.