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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

ARJ Announces 
Fall Events and New Small Groups

It’s time to get back to our regular ARJ partner ministry programming and activities. Time to reconnect with small groups, meet new people, and get involved in realizing our purpose:
 
 
Forging authentic relationships to eliminate the existing racial divide in our communities and churches.

 
Check out our upcoming ARJ Fall classes and events highlighted in this month’s newsletter. Then grab your calendar, mark the dates, and register for these important and interesting learning and fellowship opportunities. And be sure to invite friends to join you!
 

ARJ Presents: 
Churches in Black & White 
Facing Truth – Seeking Solutions 2.0 

Tuesday, September 21

6:30-8:00PM Central

Webinar 

Last April, ARJ brought together representatives from several Christian denominations to discuss the historic role churches played in separating God’s people by “race” and the role culture and politics play in maintaining the separation. By popular demand, the conversation continues this month. Join us for an inward look at how complicity with racism created and perpetuates the divide in our churches and communities and how truth, racial healing and transformation is the work of the church today. Register now.
 

New Small Groups Set for September & October 

Walking With Jesus
Saturdays, Sept 18-Oct 30
 7:30-9:00AM
In-Person

Jesus walked and so shall we! Come out, meet members from our partner churches and make new friends. Each week, we’ll 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.
 
See you at the Loose Park Pavilion, 5200 Wornall Rd., KCMO on September 18th for our first walk. Crystal Hart-Johnson, a member of St. James UMC, will facilitate. Register now.
Creating Beloved Community
Tuesdays, Sept 28-Oct 19 
9:00-10:30AM   
Virtual
 
Join us to answer questions and discuss practical ways to create Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a Beloved Community. What are the traits of a Beloved Community? If we are all made in the image and likeness of God, why are we all so different? What would our communities be like if we confronted anger and divisiveness with unconditional love?
 
Once class starts, you will receive a discussion guide each week. Debra Jarvis will be facilitating this group. She is a member of Church of the Resurrection. Register here
Strength to Love 
Tuesdays, Oct 5-26 or Thursdays, Oct 7-28 
6:30-8:00PM
Virtual

 
 
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.

SAVE THE DATE
ARJ Small Group Reunion Planned

Saturday, October 16
9:00-11:30AM

If you’ve participated in any ARJ small groups, classes or events over the past four years, you’re invited to attend this Saturday morning reunion. Maybe you know someone who might want to join our small groups or just find out more about ARJ; if so, plan to bring them too!
 
We have two amazing speakers who will engage us in meaningful table discussions.
  • Chuck Alphin –Executive Director, Building Life Foundations; Certified Kingian (MLK) Nonviolence Trainer; rich experience with MLK Center greats, including Corretta Scott King. 
  • Pamela Peters – PhD Graduate Student, University of Kansas; former faculty member and Director of Digital Media and Television at Lane College (HBC); public speaker, author and photographer.

This free event is currently planned to be in-person and a continental breakfast will be provided. If COVID precautions change, we will make this available via Zoom. Register here.

Other Information & Activities

St. Luke’s UMC & St. James UMC

Sunday, September 5
10:30 AM
9420 James A. Reed Road
 

ARJ friends and family are invited to attend this joint outdoor worship service at St. James south campus.  Worship will be led by Pastor Steve Williams, Dr. Emanuel Clever III, and Pastor Jackie McCall.  All are welcome to sing, praise and enjoy fellowship with one another. Bring your lawn chairs.  Masks are recommended.

UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion Presents: 
The Role of Antiracism Work and Healing in Museums

 
UMKC Critical Conversations address systemic racism in the United States. This ninth discussion in the series is a collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and will focus on the role of antiracism work and healing in museums. The panel discussions are in a Zoom town hall-format and feature UMKC faculty, staff, students and volunteer leaders. The sessions are free and open to the community at-large, but pre-registration is required.
 

PBS and Ken Burns Present:
Bigger Than Boxing. Larger Than Life.
Muhammad
ALI

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns brings the life and legend of three-time heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to the small screen in this new four-part PBS documentary.
 
Ali challenged American’s racial prejudices, religious biases, and the role celebrities and athletes play in our society. The series premieres at 7PM Sunday, September 19 on Kansas City PBS and continues nightly through Wednesday, September 22. For details visit the PBS website.
Join Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe and Church and Society staff for Justice Talks: Our Witness on Capitol Hill. This is a free, virtual event and all are invited to learn more about:
  • the history of The United Methodist Building
  • what is social justice advocacy and why do we do it? 
  • how we work with Congress, the Executive Branch, and the United Nations 
  • and how we engage with fellow United Methodists in our mission to live out our faith, seek justice, and pursue peace. 
 

Getting to Know Our Partner Churches Better 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
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​

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