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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

"Violence, Non-Violence & Social Media:
How Do We Talk About It?
ARJ Reunion-Saturday, October 16th
8:30-11:30 AM-In Person Live Event
If you have participated in any of our small groups, classes or events over the last four years, you are invited to attend our Allies for Racial Justice (ARJ) Saturday morning reunion. It’s the perfect opportunity to renew acquaintances and make new ones. Feel free to bring a friend or family member who has not yet participated in an ARJ small group so they can find out what we're all about.
Two distinguished speakers will lead the engaging discussion.  
Chuck Alphin is Executive Director of Building Life Foundations in O’Fallon, IL and a Certified Trainer in Kingian (MLK) Nonviolence who taught internationally with Dr. Bernard Lafayette. He also does case management with kids in foster care.
Pamela Peters is currently a PhD graduate student and graduate teaching assistant in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas. She was the Director of Digital Media and Television for nine years at Lane, a Historically Black College (HBCU) in Jackson, TN. She has much to share about what she learned as a white person teaching at Lane.
Together they will help us explore critical questions such as: 
  • How do we find the strength to love when faced with hateful language and/or actions?
  • How should we talk to our kids and grandkids about bullying?
  • Do you really know what constitutes bullying?
  • Are you able to talk to others about race, politics or religion without losing your temper?
  • Is there a link between a bullying mentality and speaking or acting viciously?
  • Can righteous indignation be a form of bullying?
  • What can be done about the normalization of violence in the media?
  • What do we do about “unsocial” social media?
We look forward to welcoming you to this very special in-person event (with socially distanced seating and masking). Coffee & Light Breakfast included. For questions contact Debra Jarvis at 317-213-0102 or  Space is limited so please register early.
Click Here to register

Saturdays in the Park with Jesus & ARJ

7:30-9:00 AM-In Person Event 

Jesus walked and so shall we! Join members from our partner churches and make new friends in the beautiful outdoors. Each scheduled week, we gather at a different local park to share interesting discussions and enjoy the beauty of nature. There is no prep work required. All you have to do is show up (arrive at 7:30AM) and we’ll walk together for an hour, starting at 8:00AM. Crystal Hart-Johnson, a member of St. James UMC, will facilitate. Register now so we can plan accordingly: 
October 02 – Lea McKeighan Park, 125 NE Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO
October 09 – South Lake Park, 7601 W. 86th Street, Overland Park, KS
October 23 – Mill Creek Park, W. 43rd Street & Broadway, by the fountain, KCMO
October 30 – Liberty Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, at the stairs, KCMO
Still Time to Join Our Fall Small Groups
Strength to Love 
Tuesdays, Oct 5-26 or Thursdays, Oct 7-28 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book, Strength to Love, reveals many of King’s deepest insights about life, good, evil, social justice, and Christian faith. We have found it a great resource to launch new ARJ small groups and renew existing groups. Each week, for four weeks, we will explore selected chapters and discuss their relevance today.
The book is available at the Well Book Store. If you are buying online, please consider purchasing your book from a black-owned bookstore.
Tuesdays: Facilitated by Mark Albrecht who trained in non-violence through the MLK Center. Register here.
Thursdays: Facilitated by Debra Jarvis, a member of the Church of the Resurrection.  Register here.

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 or by phone at 888-363-8708.  
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 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 
Other Information & Activities
Saturday, October 2
2:00PM – 3:30PM
Brush Creek Amphitheater
3700 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard
KC Friends of Alvin Ailey’s Protest + Hope = Healing is a special performance commemorating the protests of 2020 that focused attention on the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism in America, and the national divide that was heightened by the insurrection at our nation’s capital. The performance includes dance, music, and spoken word, within a performance of experiences reflected through banners, painting, and visual art. It is the hope that, through art, we can gain a greater understanding about each other, how we build community and work towards a better Kansas City.  For more information go to
Embracing God's Love Through Awakening to Racism
Starting Wednesday, October 06
6:30-7:45PM on Zoom 
First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, KS, announces this six-week class which has been planned and created by both the Presbyterian Church, USA (national office) and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. The course consists of scripture, videos, podcasts and discussion of the content. There is homework in the form of reading articles, listening to podcasts, and reflecting on the content as it relates to each participant individually. The homework is not required but will enrich the content and experience of the class. For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Heather Soper  or Linda Watts,
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212
Enjoy a lovely evening celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Johnson Country Arts & Heritage Center.  From Spanish explorers, to Mexican traders and laborers, to recent Central and South American immigrants, the Kansas City region has deep Latino history. Today, the Latino community is Johnson County’s fastest growing population. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the cultures and contributions of Latino Americans across the United States.  Live performances and refreshments available.  This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration required. There is something for everyone! Learn more:
Friday, October 15 – 5:00-8:00PM
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
4750 Troost Ave, KCMO 64110
St. James UMC partners with the Discovery Center, Missouri Department of Conversation, the Kansas City Police Department, neighborhood businesses and organizations to present “HOWLoween”. Night-time fun for all ages. Take a hike on The Wild Side Walk to get up close to some of Missouri’s nocturnal wildlife. Kids will have a howling good time exploring nature stations like Track or Treat, The Bone Yard, The Bat Cave and much more. Fun, free and unforgettable for the entire family. Candy donations are being accepted.  For more information contact Yvette Richards 816-802-8234 or
October 30 & 31
Get your costumes together, invite your friends and join us for a fun and free time at one of Church of the Resurrections’ Trunk-or-Treat events. Families will enjoy candy, decorated trunks, costume contests and much more. We’re also looking for trunk decorators and volunteers. Sign up your trunk, work a station, help with traffic control. Help prepare the festivities and join the fun. 
Blue Springs: Sunday, Oct. 31 See details.
Downtown: Sunday, Oct. 31. See details.
Leawood: Saturday, Oct. 30. See details.
Overland Park: Saturday, Oct. 30 See details.
West (Olathe): Saturday, Oct. 30. See details
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: 
or join the conversation on Facebook:​

Allies for Racial Justice Team

13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224

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