Churches combine congregations to discuss race relations in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two churches came together Tuesday night to talk about race relations in Kansas City. The discussion took place at St. James United Methodist Church near 55th and Paseo.

“This is fun because it’s people who are making a difference,” said Margaret Jansen, who attended the event.

Much of Tuesday’s discussion focused on personal experience.

“I wanted to learn, I actually was raised in this area and I went to this church as a child,” said Bonnie Downs, who attended the discussion. “I just wanted to meet people and learn more about what their life is like now.”

The church’s pastor, Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III, teamed up with Pastor Adam Hamilton from The United Methodist Church of Resurrection in Leawood for the event.

The two talked about Kansas City’s history when it comes to race relations and then opened up the floor for questions. Hundreds of people attended the discussion, some who said they have never been to either church but just wanted to come out to learn.