Leaders of faith in the Kansas City community are coming together to discuss what we can do to stand up for our neighbors and against the hate and intimidation espoused by groups who promote racism, religious persecution, hate and violence.
“Our goal,” Church of the Resurrection Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton explains, “is that our community be informed about these groups, and encouraged to stand together in the face of the kind of fear, intimidation and hate these groups foster.” The Kansas City area has seen this hate firsthand in the killing of Dr. William Corporon, Reit Underwood, and Terri LaManno in 2014 and Srinivas Kuchibhotla earlier this year.
Through information, experiences and discussions, we hope to help people identify what it looks like to stand together and to articulate a response when they hear degrading remarks, to renounce intolerance, and to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Join us on Tuesday nights at Resurrection Leawood for the "And Then They Came for Me" class, October 3-24, 6:30-8:30 pm in Room B206. The series will include events from our own country's history with a focus on social justice in the U.S. Presentations include the Japanese-American internment camps, the forced removal of American Indian nations known as the Trail of Tears, and the history of lynching in the American south.
Our community continues to show that we are the heart of America, and as such, we will demonstrate that love can conquer hate.Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff
The Kansas City community was developed and shaped in ways that segregated us, God’s people. These ways were inconsistent with anything followers of Christ should support. Sadly, this is true of the history of Methodism in our country as well. Because our community, and earlier versions of our denomination, were intentionally designed in ways inconsistent with Christ’s teachings, we as the Church must be intentional about redesigning it. We must begin in our segregated churches by building trusted relationships and friendships.
This process begins with conversations and listening to one another’s stories and histories. It is only when we begin to know each other that change can occur at the deepest levels – within our hearts. We must learn to empathize with the histories of our Christian brothers and sisters and to stand up with them for what is right.
We must work to put aside fears, biases, and prejudices that have come from our separation. These changes will not happen overnight. We are called to intentionally engage with one another and move out of our comfort zones to love each other, as Jesus commands, as we love ourselves.
Join the Allies for Racial Justice, a team comprised of St. James and Church of the Resurrection congregants, to connect, unite and restore our churches and our city – one intentional, courageous and loving act at a time. We are to be salt and light to the world and that begins with one handshake, one conversation and a willingness to communicate.
Take those steps with us.
For questions about Allies for Racial Justice call Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
Coffee and Conversation -- join us for a typically lively conversation about almost anything (except politics). We usually have a conversation-starter ready so we can get to know one another as women of strong yet differing faiths. Pick up a cup of coffee on the way, you will be welcome anytime. Visit us on facebook for the latest updates: Strangers No More Facebook page.
Location: Leawood Pioneer Library Meeting Room, 4700 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211
Location: Congregation Beth Torah, 6100 W. 127th Street, Overland Park, KS 66209
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This is a joint project of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau|American Jewish Committee and United Methodist Women of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
For questions about Strangers No More call Michelle Funk at (913) 544-0771, or email using the form below.
"And Then they Came for Me” is the Fall Series presented by Strangers No More, a program of United Methodist Women and the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee. The series title comes from a poem written by Rev. Martin Niemoller decades ago. He believed that people were complacent in speaking out against the atrocities during the holocaust. These same questions continue to plague us today as we ponder who is speaking out when others are being wronged.
Join us on Tuesday Grow Night, October 3, 10, 17, 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room B206. The series will include events from our own country's history with a focus on social justice in the U.S. Presentations include the Japanese-American internment camps, the forced removal of American Indian nations known as the Trail of Tears, and the history of lynching in the American south.
For questions about And Then They Came for Me call Michelle Funk at (913) 544-0771, or email using the form below.
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