13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224
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Olathe, KS 66061
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Kansas City, MO 64108
601 NE Jefferson St.
Blue Springs, MO 64014
8412 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
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Sundays | April 11 - May 30
3:00 - 4:30 pm via Zoom
Cost: $10 to cover materials (scholarships are available)
"Be the Bridge" is a non-profit organization and a community of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race and racialization in the U.S., with an emphasis on promoting understanding about racial disparities and injustices.
This class is a Christianity-based training offered by Be the Bridge and facilitated by local Kansas City Be the Bridge Leaders. This class is for community members who are ready to take the next step in unpacking the spiritual and systemic root causes of racism on an 8-week journey towards becoming a bridge-builder for racial reconciliation.
The $10 is to cover the cost of materials. Scholarships are available for those who need them.
Questions? Contact Pastor Patrick McLaughlin - email@example.com
About your facilitators:
Elizabeth Behrens works as an independent contractor for non-profits, schools, businesses, churches, and organizations who desire to see change at both personal and cultural levels. Motivated by goals of justice and equity, she works predominantly with fellow members of majority culture, utilizing research and personal experience to understand the role they play in the world at large. She has experience as a keynote speaker, breakout session leader, podcast guest, curriculum writer, online community manager, and video instructor in the areas of race and racism - with focuses on whiteness, race-conscious parenting, transracial adoption, and US history.
Having spent her entire upbringing in the suburbs of Iowa, upon graduation from high school she moved to southern California to pursue both education and stage performance goals. After a couple years of more performing than schooling, she returned to Iowa to receive her Bachelor’s degree - double majoring in Elementary and Middle Level Education - and became an 8th grade teacher. A move to Kansas City, Missouri and four children later, she has shifted from teaching children to focusing her efforts mainly on adults. She is still most at home in front of a classroom, sharing her love of learning.
When Elizabeth is not busy parenting or working, she can be found in her garden listening to audiobooks and podcasts or sneaking away for a happy hour with friends.
With grace, truth and a little bit of sass, Michelle Keller has made the most of many teachable moments--those sometimes awkward moments that provide a springboard for sharing knowledge while slaying inaccurate assumptions.
Growing up in a military family, Michelle has traveled extensively and truly believes "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness..." as Mark Twain so eloquently expressed. Some of her most favorite travel memories were formed on a trip to London with her older brother; a solo trip to Scotland; a grand tour of Ireland; and a three-week jaunt to Greece which included a short cruise around the Greek islands.
When not traveling, she can be found volunteering for causes near and dear to her heart, including providing greyhounds with the cushiest retirement home imaginable.
Here at Church of the Resurrection, Michelle's served as a high school small group leader; a cabin leader at YouthFront (for both summer camp and Fall's Metamorphosis retreat); a chaperone for a legendary winter retreat (ask her about the blizzard that hit just as they arrived in Denver); and a congregational care minister.
She has also made two Serve Trips to Puerto Rico and looks forward to returning when travel restrictions are lifted. Besides practicing her Spanish and eating amazing food, she's grown quite fond of the community members who call Samuel Culpepper Methodist Church home and looks forward to a family-like reunion.
Michelle credits her parents and grandparents for her strong faith, and looks forward to helping others grow in their journey to as we work together to build an equal and just community here "on Earth, as it is in heaven."
For questions about Be the Bridge: Racial Reconciliation Online Class contact Patrick McLaughlin at (816) 979-1344, or email using the form below.
Want to hang out with fantastic students? Have 1-2 hours free each week? Rezlife is looking for you! We need adult volunteers to lead our high school small groups.
Want to find out more? Contact Taylor Ogden Thomas, rezlife High School Director.
For questions about rezlife High School Small Group Co-leader contact Taylor Ogden Thomas at (913) 544-0216, or email using the form below.
Hope Faith Homeless Assistance Campus is working with other local organizations to keep their guests safe, healthy, and fed.
Medical provider volunteers (doctors, nurses, EMTs, CNAs, nursing/medical students, etc.) are needed to staff the Farmers Insurance First Aid Center, providing basic vitals checks for guests. Sign-up to volunteer here.
Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, KS (Men and/or Couples)
Provide one-on-one mentoring to inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, KS. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. Mentoring takes place on your schedule. A 12-month commitment is required. Special KDOC training’s provided.
Contact Stewart Curtright at firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS (Men only)
Provide one-on-one mentoring to inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. Mentoring takes place on Monday afternoons, Tuesday evenings or Wednesday evenings. A 12 month commitment is required. Special training is provided.
Kansas Department of Corrections (Women only)
Provide one-on-one mentoring to ex-female-inmates in the Kansas City Area who are working with the Kansas Department of Corrections. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. Mentoring takes place on your schedule and a 12-month commitment is required. Special KDOC training is provided.
Contact Stewart Curtright at email@example.com
Johnson County DOC Adult Residential Center Facility in Gardner, KS (Both Men and Women)
Provide one-on-one mentoring to inmates at the Johnson County DOC Adult Residential Center Facility in Gardner, KS. Mentors should have a deeply grounded personal faith, a willingness to be fully present to another person and an openness for personal growth. A 12-month commitment is required. Special Johnson County DOC training provided.
For questions about Mentoring Opportunities contact Stewart Curtright at (913) 544-0710, or email using the form below.
Follow the examples of Jesus and the Holy Spirit by advocating for God’s creation. Reach out to politicians, businesses, schools, restaurants and more. Help them become better stewards too.
Advocate with prayer too, for yourself, for others and especially for those in leadership positions. Pray for a deeper understanding of how reconnecting to our fundamental role as stewards of creation helps us better love and honor God and love our neighbors as ourselves.
For questions about Advocate contact Erin Chacey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email using the form below.
If you're looking for serving opportunities to arrange on your own, below is an informal list of organizations we enjoy working with here in Kansas City. Please feel free to reach out to any of the organizations that interest you or your group!
Rez ReEntry is working to establish both a coordinated in-prison program and a reentry hub that graciously receives people back into the community after incarceration.
Ministry with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals is a richly rewarding experience where you get a front row seat to watch God change people’s lives. You can serve one-on-one or as part of a group of volunteers who seek to offer access to the physical, emotional and spiritual resources necessary to live the life that God intends for all of us.
According to the Kansas Correctional Association newsletter, “most prisoners come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many have not completed high school. Many can barely read. Roughly one-third were unemployed before imprisonment. Another third had annual income of less than $5,000. Children of incarcerated parents have an increased risk of anxiety, depression, aggression, truancy, attention disorders and poor scholastic performance. African Americans are 7.8 times more likely to be imprisoned than whites, when convicted of the same crime.” (KCA Eagle, January 2008).
Releasing people, who were already disadvantaged and now have a "criminal record", back into the community with little or no resources is simply unacceptable. The lack of coordinated reentry has become the fuel for mass incarceration. Within three years of release, about two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested.
By the numbers:
"I was in prison and you came to visit me... Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:36c, 40b)
For questions about Rez ReEntry-Closing the Justice & Kindness Gap contact Stewart Curtright at (913) 544-0710, or email using the form below.
Our Hunger Stopper team works in many different ways to help put a stop to hunger in Kansas City. Check out these ways you can get involved year-round:
We hold two large food drives during the year which are a great way for individuals, families and groups to get involved. The need for serving our pantries continues throughout the year.
How You Can Serve: Help sort, check and box donated food items to prepare them to be delivered to local pantries. This is a fun service project for small groups, individuals or families.
Requirements: Volunteers must be 10 and older (accompanied by a parent), or 16 and older (unaccompanied).
How You Can Serve: 8-10 volunteers are needed for each delivery shift to help rearrange boxes onto pallets to prepare orders for delivery, load the truck and deliver food to local pantries.
Contact: Michelle Van Pelt at email@example.com.
Requirements: Volunteers must sign up in advance, be 16 and older, and able to repeatedly lift heavy boxes (up to 40 lbs).
JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI
WYANDOTTE COUNTY, KANSAS
JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS
For more information about Hunger Donations please contact Michelle Van Pelt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about Hunger Stopper Volunteer Opportunities contact Michelle Van Pelt at (913) 232-4116, or email using the form below.