Jesus Seminar On The Road: Salt Lake City
Feb
24
Feb 25

Jesus Seminar On The Road: Salt Lake City

  • Gore Auditorium

Historical Jesus research attempts to understand Jesus apart from traditional Christian beliefs. But why was such research taken up in the first place? What methods were used to find the historical Jesus? Moving from Jesus studies to new scholarship in the broader field of early Christianity, Livesey and Dewey will tease out the implications of this new research not just for understanding Christianity but for understanding religion more generally.

Learn More and Register.


Progressive Theology Seminar feat. John Dominic Crossan
Feb
17
Feb 18

Progressive Theology Seminar feat. John Dominic Crossan

  • The Good Shepherd UCC

Dr. John Dominic Crossan will present THE CHALLENGE OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE/How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation. 

The Good Shepherd UCC
17750 South La Cañada Drive
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

 

Dr. Julie Byrne to speak on "The Other Catholics"
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

Dr. Julie Byrne to speak on "The Other Catholics"

  • The Shrine of Holy Wisdom

In this fascinating lecture, Dr. Julie Byrne, associate professor of religion at Hofstra University, provides a history and overview of independent Catholic churches in America, which have been largely invisible in the shadow of the Roman Catholic Church.

Via ASU - Presidential Politics and the Making of American Identity
Oct
20
4:30 pm16:30

Via ASU - Presidential Politics and the Making of American Identity

  • 1000 Cady Mall Tempe, AZ, 85281 United States

Presidential Politics and the Making of American Identity
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

anel on Presidential Politics and the Making of American Identity

What role is religion playing in the 2016 presidential campaign? How is this similar to or different from previous elections? What does the future of religion and politics hold—either in elections or in day-to-day political life?

Desert Wisdom & Spirituality Mini Retreat
Oct
8
9:00 am09:00

Desert Wisdom & Spirituality Mini Retreat

  • The Shrine of Holy Wisdom

At this retreat, discover a very different Yeshua: an inclusive and cosmological teacher who lived and taught sacred unity between humanity, creation, and the divine.

Via ASU - Religion and Conflict: A View from the State Department - Marshall Speaker Series featuring Shaun Casey
Oct
6
1:30 pm13:30

Via ASU - Religion and Conflict: A View from the State Department - Marshall Speaker Series featuring Shaun Casey

  • 1000 S. Cady Mall Tempe, AZ, 85281 United States

Religion and Conflict: A View from the State Department - Marshall Speaker Series featuring Shaun Casey
Thursday, October 6, 2016 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm

The 2016 Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Speaker will be Shaun Casey, the U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs. Mr. Casey advises the Secretary of State on policy matters as they relate to religion; supports State Department posts and bureaus in their efforts to assess religious dynamics and engage religious actors; and serves as a first point of entry for individuals, both religious and secular, who would like to engage the State Department in Washington on matters of religion and global affairs.

Sikh 101 via Arizona Faith Network
Oct
5
6:00 pm18:00

Sikh 101 via Arizona Faith Network

  • Nishkam Seva Gurdwara

After 9/11 much violence was suffered by the Sikh Community because of confusion over their identity and the practices of their faith.  Here in Arizona two Sikh individuals were shot, one was killed in a violent act of revenge following the attacks in 2001.  We join with our brothers and sisters to help spread awareness and peace among all people. Sponsored by AFN Theological Dialogue Commission 

Join Arizona Faith Network in an evening of enrichment as we build understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs. Ms. Rangie welcomes us for an evening complete with Langar Meal.

 Learn the History of the Sikh Faith and Tradition

 Know the basic tenants, teachings and holy scripture of Sikhism

 Experience the Sikh Temple (Gurdwara). Observe Wednesday Evening Service

 Take part in a Langar Meal with the community

This event will end with a Langar Meal with the community.  The Langar meal is one where those who are able are invited to sit on the floor in a visual representation that no human is higher than the other.  There will be chairs or benches available.

 SPACE IS LIMITED

Very Modest Attire is Requested
Long Pants or Dresses that show no legs for men and women are used in the temple area.  Also, heads should be covered in the service.  There will be head scarves available, or people are welcome to bring their favorite hat or scarf.  

Please- no smoking or tobacco use on the property

Earth Rx: A Climate Change Symposium
Oct
2
2:00 pm14:00

Earth Rx: A Climate Change Symposium

  • Central United Methodist Church

Earth Rx: A Climate Change Symposium

Join Us October 2nd, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Central United Methodist Church as we discuss the following topics:

  • How does climate change affect your health and your children’s health?
  • What are the main impacts of climate change and why should we care?
  • Why does climate change raise ethical issues?

Our time will be led by our keynote speakers, Claire Elliott Herrick, MD, and Sonja Klinsky.

The Way of The Heart
Oct
1
9:00 am09:00

The Way of The Heart

  • Central United Methodist Church

During this day-long session, we'll discuss spirituality and meditation practices, and how to incorporate them into our lives.

Course materials and a vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Stories From the Border
Sep
29
6:30 pm18:30

Stories From the Border

  • Fox Tucson Theatre

On September 29, Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona will present Community Interactive: Stories from the Border - a live, interactive event featuring a panel of respected and accomplished journalists from Mexico and the U.S.

Brian McLaren at Dayspring UMC
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

Brian McLaren at Dayspring UMC

  • Dayspring United Methodist Church

The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life. It’s time to move again. In his new book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian, Brian McLaren invites you to seize the moment and set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: to help Christianity become more Christian.

Via ASU - Understanding the (Surprisingly Religious) History of American Secularism
Sep
26
Nov 1

Via ASU - Understanding the (Surprisingly Religious) History of American Secularism

  • 1000 S. Cady Mall Tempe, AZ, 85281 United States

Jacques Berlinerblau a Professor and Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds separate doctorates in ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (New York University, 1991), and in Sociology (The New School for Social Research, 1999).

The Jesus Fatwah - Thursdays
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

The Jesus Fatwah - Thursdays

  • First Congregtional Church UCC

The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself

FIVE WEEK SERIES:
Thursday Evenings at First Congregational Church at 7:00 pm.

Begins Thursday, September 15 - Thursday, October 13

Via ASU - Religion, Conflict and Terrorism in the Public Consciousness
Sep
7
3:15 pm15:15

Via ASU - Religion, Conflict and Terrorism in the Public Consciousness

  • 1000 S. Cady Mall Tempe, AZ, 85281 United States

This September will be fifteen years since the attacks of 9/11. How has our view of the relationship between religion, politics and conflict changed since then? Does this change how we remember the attacks, and what they represent in the public consciousness? How we study the wars and conflicts that resulted, and what this means for U.S. policy?

Film Showing - Under The Gun
Aug
31
7:00 pm19:00

Film Showing - Under The Gun

  • First Congregtional Church UCC

UNDER THE GUN examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.

The AZFCT Late-Summer Sale
Aug
21
Sep 30

The AZFCT Late-Summer Sale

Take advantage of our Late-Summer Sale and enjoy reduced prices on our most popular items, as well as FREE SHIPPING right to your door on on ALL Books and DVD's. Be sure to use the code SUMMERSHIP at checkout.

Robin Meyers
Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

Robin Meyers

  • First Congregational Church UCC

Join AZFCT as we bring Robin Meyers to First Congregational Church UCC Phoenix on March 4th, 2016.

6:00 - 6:30 - Live Music and Art Show
6:30 - 7:30 - Robin's Session
7:30 - 8:00 - Q & A
8:00 - 8:30 - Optional Meet & Discuss

John Dominic Crossan in Arizona
Feb
19
Feb 20

John Dominic Crossan in Arizona

The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, AZ will host a weekend seminar with the noted Biblical scholar and writer John Dominic Crossan, Feb. 19-20, 2016.

Following is the schedule of events:

Friday Evening
7:00 PM Registration & Refreshments
7:30 PM “Types of Parable: Riddle, Example & Challenge”

Saturday Morning
8:30 AM Registration & Refreshments
9:00 AM “Medium & Message: Parable & Kingdom”
10:45 AM “The Gospel as Mega-Parable 1: Mark & Matthew”
1:30 PM “The Gospels as Mega-Parable 2: Luke-Acts & John”

You may register by filling out the following and returning it to The Good Shepherd.

Registration Flyer

World Religions Respond to the Environmental Crisis
Feb
18
4:00 pm16:00

World Religions Respond to the Environmental Crisis

  • Memorial Union (Alumni Lounge)

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a leader in the emerging field of religion and ecology, having organized 10 conferences at Harvard on the world religions and the environment. Based at Yale, she has written or edited many books on this topic, most recently Ecology and Religion with co-author John Grim.

In this talk, Tucker will discuss the growing moral and religious arguments related to climate change and biodiversity. With publication of the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, this movement is gaining momentum as a field in academia and a force in society.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Doors open 4:00 p.m.
Talk begins 4:30 p.m.
Memorial Union (Alumni Lounge)
301 Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

Progressive Youth Ministry
Feb
18
Feb 20

Progressive Youth Ministry

Rob Bell, Catherine Keller, Paul Wallace, and Evelyn Parker want you at #PYM16

February 18-20, 2016 • Cathedral of Hope • Dallas, TX

We're thrilled to announce Rob Bell as the closing keynote speaker at #PYM16, rounding out an amazing line-up, each of whom will address the theme of "Faith in an Age of Reason." We've got:

An expert scholar of adolescence and race
An impassioned astrophysicist
A stunning theologian
And a world-renowned speaker and thinker.
After each keynote presentation, we'll have a think-back session with a youth worker, considering the implications of the talk for the practice of youth ministry.

Southwest Conference Lay Academy
Jan
8
Jan 9

Southwest Conference Lay Academy

  • The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ

Immigration - The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Sahuarita, AZ

Immigration is one of the key national issues that has enlivened the political debate over the past 10 years.  As residents of the borderlands it is critical that we have basic knowledge of the causes and effects so we can be a calm voice in the conversation.  This workshop will give people a glimpse of the wall, a walk in the desert, and real life stories of immigrants in our midst as we learn about life in the borderlands and the struggles for border communities to create a better border reality.  Participants should bring long pants and closed toe shoes for a Saturday walk in the desert to some migrant memorials. Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Randy Mayer.

For more information, visit www.LayAcademy.org

Pathways of Grace Presents Christian Spiritual Discernment with Teresa Blythe Two opportunities November 13 and 14
Nov
13
Nov 14

Pathways of Grace Presents Christian Spiritual Discernment with Teresa Blythe Two opportunities November 13 and 14

  • Pathways of Grace

Christian spiritual discernment is listening to the Holy Spirit’s movement in our thoughts, emotions and bodily reactions and then using that information to weigh and sift possibilities as we make choices in alignment with the Spirit. True discernment is always done in hindsight, though we hold out hope for the future. We pray, listen, evaluate, sift through possibilities and then we act---only finding the “fruit of the Spirit” later. Discernment is not even finished when we make a decision. We only determine our best assessment of God’s will after we seek confirmation of that decision, asking ourselves and God, “was that, in fact, where You were leading?”

Parliament of the World's Religions
Oct
15
Oct 19

Parliament of the World's Religions

Be a Witness to History!

AZFCT has a limited number of tickets available to Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ticket is for admission to Parliament of the World's Religions, October 15-19, 2015 (currently $500 through Parliament). Travel to Salt Lake City and accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee and not included in ticket price.
 

AZFCT Presents Reverend Rex Hunt
Sep
8
1:00 pm13:00

AZFCT Presents Reverend Rex Hunt

Find out in person what thousands of other clergy and liturgists all over the world have already discovered by accessing Rex’s liturgy and worship resource page; a treasure trove of lectionary based, progressive, inclusive language, post-modern, non-theistic prayers, liturgies, sermons, hymns, and other resources for those looking to lead their congregations into deeper and broader expressions of worship.

The Southwest Conference Lay Academy
May
15
May 16

The Southwest Conference Lay Academy

  • First Congregational Church Prescott

"Privilege" Facilitated by Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer.

Privilege is defined as a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the advantages of most. We will look at cultural conditions that authorize the extension of privilege to some because of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. We will test this cultural phenomenon of privilege using the standards of equality shaped by our walk with Jesus.

Lay Academy is open to all lay people, regardless of denomination. For more information and to register, please visit www.layacademy.org

Widows, Orphans, and Aliens...
Apr
30
10:00 am10:00

Widows, Orphans, and Aliens...

  • The Fountains UMC

Widows, Orphans, and Aliens...
The Political, Economic and Social Implications of the Biblical Vision 
Rev. Vernon Meyer, PhD
The Fountains United Methodist Church

April 16, 23, 30 10:00-11:30am

The Bible portrays God as having a "special place in his heart" for widows, orphans, and aliens. This is due to the fact that people who find themselves in these types of situations are particularly vulnerable to oppression, mistreatment, and abuse. So what are the implications of the biblical text for our political, economic and social commitments and obligations? 
We will look at three texts over a period of three weeks. First with a view to what the texts tell us about ancient Israel and its world, and then with a view to challenges these texts present to our current realities of budgets, political alliances and social commitments. 
Our Concern for and care of aliens, orphans, widows, the poor, the disadvantaged, the helpless, the disabled, etc., lies at the very heart of "true Christianity."

Thursday, April 16 10:00-11:30am 
Deuteronomy 10:17-18: "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who exercises justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing."

Exodus 22:21-24: "You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans."

Thursday, April 23, 10:00-11:30am
Deuteronomy 10:17-18: "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who exercises justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing."

Thursday, April 30, 10:00-11:30am
Deuteronomy 24:17-22: "You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow's garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings. When you beat your olive trees, do not strip what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding you to do this."

COST: Free (but donations are gladly accepted)

For more info, contact Rev. David M. Felten at 480.837.7627 OR pastor@thefountainsumc.org

Widows, Orphans, and Aliens...
Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

Widows, Orphans, and Aliens...

  • The Fountains UMC

Widows, Orphans, and Aliens...
The Political, Economic and Social Implications of the Biblical Vision 
Rev. Vernon Meyer, PhD
The Fountains United Methodist Church

April 16, 23, 30 10:00-11:30am

The Bible portrays God as having a "special place in his heart" for widows, orphans, and aliens. This is due to the fact that people who find themselves in these types of situations are particularly vulnerable to oppression, mistreatment, and abuse. So what are the implications of the biblical text for our political, economic and social commitments and obligations? 
We will look at three texts over a period of three weeks. First with a view to what the texts tell us about ancient Israel and its world, and then with a view to challenges these texts present to our current realities of budgets, political alliances and social commitments. 
Our Concern for and care of aliens, orphans, widows, the poor, the disadvantaged, the helpless, the disabled, etc., lies at the very heart of "true Christianity."

Thursday, April 16 10:00-11:30am 
Deuteronomy 10:17-18: "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who exercises justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing."

Exodus 22:21-24: "You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. You shall not abuse any widow or orphan. If you do abuse them, when they cry out to me, I will surely heed their cry; my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children orphans."

Thursday, April 23, 10:00-11:30am
Deuteronomy 10:17-18: "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who exercises justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing."

Thursday, April 30, 10:00-11:30am
Deuteronomy 24:17-22: "You shall not deprive a resident alien or an orphan of justice; you shall not take a widow's garment in pledge. Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings. When you beat your olive trees, do not strip what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, do not glean what is left; it shall be for the alien, the orphan, and the widow. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I am commanding you to do this."

COST: Free (but donations are gladly accepted)

For more info, contact Rev. David M. Felten at 480.837.7627 OR pastor@thefountainsumc.org