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A partnership between St. James UMC and Church of the Resurrection

2020 is a new year filled with new opportunities to grow in knowing and loving our neighbors.  Let this be the year to move out of our comfort zones and more intentionally engage with one another – to love each other, as we love ourselves.
In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
An ARJ Special Screening
“True Justice – Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality”
A Significant Documentary Film & Community Discussion 
Saturday, January 18   
1:30-4:30 PM
The Foundry - Resurrection Leawood

What shaped your understanding of race?  What false narratives allow legitimization of unjust practices? What are the hard truths of our past?  What can we do to make a difference?
 
You may have seen the Hollywood movie Just Mercy starring Michael B. Jordon and Jamie Foxx that tells the true story of Walter McMillan, who with the help of a young Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction.
 
Now, take a deeper dive into the issues by attending a special screening of True Justice - Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equal Justice. This documentary chronicles how racial injustice emerged, evolved and continues to threaten our country. 
 
Following the film, ARJ will lead an open discussion to explore how we can confront our history of racial and economic injustice and help create equal justice for all.  This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

Changing of the ARJ Guard

Four years ago, St. James UMC and Church of the Resurrection formed Allies for Racial Justice. The commitment was, and remains, transforming our congregations and our city into the place envisioned by Jesus. A place where all brothers and sisters in Christ care for and empathize with one another.

Betsy Triplett (Resurrection) and Dr. Ernest Middleton (St. James) became the founding lay leaders. And lead they have; setting goals, forging relationships, and building bridges of understanding in our church families and throughout the city. We owe them an incredible debt of appreciation for the many hours they’ve committed to launching and growing ARJ.

As their term reaches its conclusion, two new lay leaders have been announced. They are Anita Maltbia (St. James) and Kay McCarthy (Resurrection). Both have actively served on the ARJ Steering Committee. We congratulate them on their appointments and look forward to working together to further the mission of ARJ.

Partner Church MLK Day Events

15th Annual MLK Musical Tribute  
“Continuing to Pursue the Dream of Equality for Future Generations”
Saturday, January 18, 6:30 PM
St. James UMC - 
5540 Wayne, KCMO
The evening will feature music and dance performances and speakers, including Rev. Dr. Karla J. Cooper and Anita Maltbia. This event is free, open to the public. For additional information: ctljt2804@aol.com or call 816 763-1232.
 
MLK Serve Day 2020  - Monday, January 20 
 
  • ​Church of the Resurrection - Families, individuals and groups of all ages will work together to make an impact. Learn more and register here.
  • St. James  - Opportunities include Flourish Furnishings, Habitat for Humanity, Harvester, NourishKC and many more. To register, email Yvette Richards at yrichards@sjumckc.org or 816-802-8234. 
 

Community Events & Activities

Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
 
UMKC Division of Diversity & Inclusion
12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture
Tuesday, January 21 – 6:00 PM 
UMKC Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes, KCMO
 
This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Harry Edwards, has a long and storied history of activism, including the Black athlete boycott of the United States 1968 Olympic team.Edwards is considered a leading authority on developments at the interface of race, sport, and society and a pioneering scholar in the founding of the sociology of sport as an academic discipline.
The Open Table Presents
Art as Activism: A Playback Theater Workshop
Sunday, January 26 - Workshop: 1-5, Dinner and performance: 6pm
318 E 55th St. KCMO
 
Emily Bartlett of b.hive theatre leads this playback theatre experience. Volunteers from the audience tell personal stories, then watch as trained actors and musicians create theatre on the spot. Enjoy this story-based improvisational theater that builds connections, dialogue, and change. Open to all people, all experiences, artists or not. Register here.   
 
 
Read, View and Learn
Check out the Allies for Racial Justice website for great video and book suggestions that help us better understand our differences, appreciate our similarities and establish Christ-centered solutions to end racial and social injustices.
 
Click HERE for all our recommended reading and video resources.
For more information on Allies for Racial Justice, visit our website:  https://alliesforracialjustice.org
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13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224

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