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.
Cultural Competency training is required before serving in on-going Kansas City Mission programs in order to provide a safe environment for all those we serve. Empowering and educational, this training will provide each participant with a heightened awareness about our neighbors and cross-cultural interactions. Those who need this training may be interested in serving on the bookmobile, at the food pantry, as a tutor, or in a classroom at one of our partner schools. Additionally, individuals who are interested in serving with our partner organizations should plan to take this training.
All classes will take place over Zoom from 9 am - 11 am.
Seating is limited and classes not meeting a minimum size may be rescheduled. Please be sure to carefully select an appropriate date.
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Safe Gatherings certification is also required for those working in the schools or entering people's homes for furnishings pickups. If you are not already Safe Gatherings certified (certification lasts four years) you can begin that process here.
For questions about Cultural Competency Training contact Michelle Van Pelt at (913) 232-4116, or email using the form below.
Join Allies for Racial Justice for an inward look at how complicity with racism created and perpetuates the divide in our churches and communities. Representatives from several Christian denominations will discuss the historic role churches played in separating God’s people by “race", the role culture and politics play in maintaining the separation, and how God’s great command to truly love our neighbors as ourselves could set things right.
Everyone has questions that they may feel uncomfortable asking, especially when it comes to issues like race. Join our special guest speakers from The Hope Center to explore questions about race and community in the Bible, and learn how to apply it to our daily lives.
Learn from Rabbi Art Nemitoff from The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah about what God's justice looks like in the Hebrew scriptures. We also hear how these truths are lived out today in the Jewish faith.
Join Mission Ministries staff members Sheree Reece & Stewart Curtright, along with Pastor Tino Herrera, in a conversation about retributive vs. restorative justice, and how Jesus taught and modeled restorative justice.
Explore what "doing justice" as the church looks like as an individual and in our communities with Pastor Patrick McLaughlin.
Pastor of Community JusticeBorn and raised in Detroit, completed college in Atlanta, Georgia, and seminary in Enid, Oklahoma, settled in Kansas in 1985 to work for Boeing and answered the call to fulltime ministry in 1990, Pastor Cheryl is a second career (Electrical Engineer) clergy, who has... Keep Reading
Born and raised in Detroit, completed college in Atlanta, Georgia, and seminary in Enid, Oklahoma, settled in Kansas in 1985 to work for Boeing and answered the call to fulltime ministry in 1990, Pastor Cheryl is a second career (Electrical Engineer) clergy, who has served in a variety of ministry settings, prior to coming to Resurrection!
Praise and worship are her lifeline! The JOY of The Lord is my strength! Nehemiah 8.10!
Contact Cheryl Jefferson Bell at (913) 232-4144
or email using the form below.
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