KC Community Huddle

Launched in 2021, the KC Community Huddle is an event series that supports local initiatives that matter by engaging Kansas Citians in sustained action. KC Community Huddle is a partnership-based program of Trinity UMC’s Justice Task Force and grows out of our earlier programming initiative Challenging Conversations.

Past Events

KC Community Huddle Series with Pride Haven and Save, Inc.
Feb. 22 & March 22, 6:30-8pm on Zoom
Youth homeless in the United States is at crisis levels. The combination of the burden of youth homelessness and the challenges of identifying as LGBTQIA+ create a world that is life threatening. Through a two-session series, SAVE, Inc. CEO Blaine Proctor and Residential Program Manager Scout DeSimio will discuss the unique needs and problems this population faces and what SAVE, Inc. and Pride Haven are trying to do locally to address them.

POSTPONED: Performance of Waiting for Lefty
In light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Kansas City area, and our desire to keep everyone involved in this production, including our audience members, healthy and safe, our community has decided that our rehearsal process should be paused and our performance of Waiting for Lefty postponed until it is safe to continue.

Kansas City low-wage workers take stage in an innovative production of Clifford Odets’s one-act play where the issues faced by New York cab drivers in the 1930s parallel many of the struggles, risks, and high emotion of their own in the fight for $15/hour and a union. A talk back with audience follows performance.

The project brings trained theater individuals (directors, stage managers, actors, etc.) together as facilitators with a cast of low-wage workers — volunteers all. It is produced by The KC Community Huddle, a partnership-based group that supports local initiatives toward social justice and is a program of the Social Justice Task Force of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Find us on Instagram and Facebook: @waitingforleftykc

Housing Timeline Exercise | KC Community Huddle with KC Tenants
Zoom Training on February 25, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
This training will introduce you to the work of KC Tenants, prompt you to reflect on and share about your own personal housing history, and introduce you to the housing histories of others. As a follow-up to this training, you will be encouraged to engage in a “lit drop.” This lit drop will involve handing out or dropping off literature that includes housing resources (like KC Tenants’ hotline) and other information related to the work of KC Tenants, in addition to information about Trinity UMC’s programs. The purpose of a lit drop is to connect people with vital information.

Racial Capitalism and Power| KC Community Huddle with KC Tenants
Zoom Training on March 25, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
In this training, you’ll learn to see where your individual story fits into the larger story of racial capitalism in the United States. You’ll also learn about power – what it is, why you need it, and what happens if you don’t get it. As a follow-up to this training, you will be encouraged to attend an event or direct action with KC Tenants. KC Tenants will have plenty going on, and there will be multiple options for participation, including socially-distanced options and options in which you can engage from your own home.

Self-Interest and One-on-Ones | KC Community Huddle with KC Tenants
Zoom Training on April 22, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
In this training, you’ll learn how to define your own self-interest and how to engage in impactful one-on-one meetings with others to build power behind the initiatives you support. As a follow-up to this training, you will be encouraged to put your power-building skills into practice by having a one-on-one with someone.