Leading Theologian Matthew Fox is Coming to the Valley
Oct
27
to Oct 29

Leading Theologian Matthew Fox is Coming to the Valley

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"Creation Spirituality and the Cosmic Christ"

Oct. 27 - 29, 2017

Dayspring United Methodist Church
1365 E. Elliot Rd
Tempe, AZ 85284

Friday 7:00pm Lecture & Book Signing ($15)

Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm Workshop ($25)

Sunday Preaching at 9, 10:30 & 11:59am

Dr. Fox is a preeminent scholar who became an Episcopal priest after being expelled from the Catholic Dominican Order by Cardinal Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict. Fox has devoted nearly 50 years to developing and teaching the ancient earth-based mystical tradition of Creation Spirituality and has authored over 30 books on spirituality and contemporary culture, including Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, and his most recent, A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey. He is also featured in Living the Questions, Saving Jesus and Painting the Stars.

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Boundless Compassion: A Retreat led by Joyce Rupp
Sep
24
to Sep 28

Boundless Compassion: A Retreat led by Joyce Rupp

Purpose: To deepen the living of compassion in one’s life by learning and practicing ways of being a compassionate presence. Co-sponsored by Spirit in the Desert and Institute of Compassionate Presence.

This retreat:

  • Includes opportunities to explore the depths of the manylayered components of compassion as reflected in the central qualities of the life/teachings of Jesus.
  • Aims to expand and deepen one’sunderstanding of compassion from both a personal and professional perspective.
  • Draws on insights from many dimensions, including: theology, spirituality, science, sociology and psychology.
  • Serves as a catalyst for a renewed commitment to be a compassionate presence to oneself and to those who are in the midst of pain and struggle.
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Workshop Retreat - Kissed By God: Holy Women Create!
Sep
15
to Sep 17

Workshop Retreat - Kissed By God: Holy Women Create!

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Join the Holy Women kissed by God whose creativity flowed into our world in art, music and writing: Miriam the dancer, Hildegard the artist, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux the writers. This interactive weekend retreat invite your creative expression as you explore art by and about Holy Women from ancient times (such as Mary Magdalene and the Woman at the Well) to today (including Tekakwitha and Hildegard). You will carry away a treasure of spiritual practices from your adventures with art, journaling, poetry, music, dreamwork, prayer and meditation--each nurturing your spiritual growth in your own unique way. Invite these Holy Women to lead you to deeper trust of your own inner wisdom, grace and creativity in a comfortable, welcoming setting.

Skill or experience in journaling, arts of dreamwork not necessary, only a spirit of adventure and wonder.

Register at thecasa.org or call 480-948-7460. Early registration strongly encouraged as the retreat may fill.

Read here about Kissed by God: Holy Women Create!— the author’s related book, available through her and Amazon.

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Shane Claiborne - Becoming Christian Troublemakers
May
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Shane Claiborne - Becoming Christian Troublemakers

On May 15, 2017, join best-selling Christian author Shane Claiborne for a discussion on showing the world that another way is possible by Becoming Christian Troublemakers. Special music by local band Wild Earth. All proceeds will go to the work of the Simple Way which includes giving hundreds of bags of food to families in need, massive urban garden projects and two new housing projects with SimpleHomes.org.

Admission is general seating so come early. Doors open at 6:45pm.

We will also be hosting a special fundraising dinner and conversation with Shane at 6pm near the venue and reserved seating for the event. Details will be provided to those ticket holders prior to the event.

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Mediation Skills Training Institute
May
8
to May 12

Mediation Skills Training Institute

Whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace conflict is an inevitable part of life. Having the skills to function effectively in emotionally intense, conflicted situations is important for all of us, especially those of us who are leaders.The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center has trained hundred of church leaders from a wide range of denominations in the skills that are needed to deal with conflict in the church setting through its Mediation SkillsTraining Institute. The Mediation Skills Training Institute equips people for working in various conflicted situations, including church disputes.

Participants learn about:

  • Biblical foundations-finding renewal in conflict.
  • Individual styles of response to conflict.
  • Win-win negotiation skills.
  • Skills to mediate conflict between individuals.
  • Tools to effectively manage congregational conflict.
  • Skills for serving as an outside consultant to conflicted churches.

The institute includes lectures, discussion, and guided practice in role-plays. Active and practical in focus, the sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants.

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Via AFN - Interfaith Meal and Dialogue: Where is God?
Apr
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Via AFN - Interfaith Meal and Dialogue: Where is God?

Where is God?

In the daily events and decisions of my life? In the unfolding evolution of the universe? In the ongoing development of the world’s religions? In the pain and suffering of the poor, marginalized and those discriminated against? In the changing global climate?

Come, participate in this “Next Steps” open dialogue where you will find a safe space to share the gifts, insights and practices of your faith with people from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Mormon, Baha’i and Christian faith traditions. All faiths are invited. Those who engage in honest, open dialogue find themselves transformed. Next Steps dialogue goes beyond basic information about faith traditions provided in AFN’s “101” events encouraging the sharing of diverse interfaith perspectives.

A box meal will be available at 6pm. A $10 ticket helps defray the cost of the evening, including the meal. The dialogue begins at 7pm

For more information, contact Al Gephart or call 480-940-1881

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VIA ASU - Film Series: Salam Neighbor
Apr
27
4:30pm 4:30pm

VIA ASU - Film Series: Salam Neighbor

ASU Center for Religion and Conflict Peace Studies Film Series is viewing the film, "Salam Neighbor" on Thursday, April 27th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on ASU's campus, Coor Hall 174.  "Two American filmmakers travel to Jordan to live with 85,000 Syrian refugees in Za’atari camp. Experience an intimate look at the heartbreak and hope on the frontlines of the world’s most dire refugee crisis."

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Verdant Paths: Celtic Spirituality for the Earth
Apr
22
9:00am 9:00am

Verdant Paths: Celtic Spirituality for the Earth

Workshop, Saturday, April 22
Community Christian Church, 1701 S College Ave, Tempe
9 am to 12 Noon
$15 suggested donation


Presenter Kenneth McIntosh is the author of Water from an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life, and Celtic Nature Prayers, and The Green Man: An Ancient Symbol for the Modern World. He’s also the General Editor for the Celtic Bible Commentary. He has presented retreats and seminars on Celtic Spirituality in the US and in the UK. He serves as a chaplain at NAU and pastor in Flagstaff, Arizona, and has been a vital part of the Forest Church movement.

          “Kenneth McIntosh’s fine book allows us to rediscover the depth and wisdom of Celtic
           Christianity. Read and…be refreshed
.”       Father Richard Rohr

Learn about:

  • Why spirituality and sustainability are inseparable
  • Reading “God’s First Book”—which is Nature
  • Lessons from our furred and feathered friends
  • The Green Man, an ancient symbol of our oneness with Nature
  • Reading “God’s Second Book” (the Bible) in harmony with the natural world.
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Michael Morwood at The Fountains
Apr
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Michael Morwood at The Fountains

Australian Theologian Reshapes Christianity for 21st Century

Fountain Hills —  As a follow-up to Easter, Australian author and theologian Michael Morwood will present “A New Template for Religion” on Monday night, April 17th at 7pm at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church.

“The template used [for Christianity] for the past two thousand years is now outdated,” says Morwood. The “world is in desperate need of a new religious template to heal the harm and divisions caused by religion.” For those who question the pre-scientific, limited, and outdated worldview presented by most churches, Morwood offers an alternative that goes beyond conventional dogma and takes into account contemporary scientific understandings of our place in the universe.

Morwood is well known in the Progressive Christian movement around the world and has over 40 years’ experience as a sought-after retreat leader and educator. Bishop John Shelby Spong writes of him: “Michael Morwood…is raising the right and obvious questions that all Christians must face. He provides fresh and perceptive possibilities for a modern and relevant faith.” With nine books to his name (two of which were banned before he resigned from the Catholic priesthood), Morwood brings an extensive background in spirituality to what he sees as the urgent need to reshape Christian thinking for a new millennium.

Originally presented at the international Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, Morwood’s “A New Template for Religion” offers a re-visioning of who Jesus was, new perspectives on prayer and worship (from a non-theistic perspective), and thoughts on whether our conventional ideas of religion have any real value anymore.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices of the Progressive Christian movement – here in the United States for just a few short months. The presentation is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. The Fountains is located at 15300 N Fountain Hills Blvd. in Fountain Hills. For more information, visit www.THATchurch.info or 480.837.7627

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

Jesus Seminar On The Road: Salt Lake City

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.

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

Via ASU - Presidential Politics and the Making of American Identity

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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?

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

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

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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.

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

Sikh 101 via Arizona Faith Network

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

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

Earth Rx: A Climate Change Symposium

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.

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

Stories From the Border

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.

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

Brian McLaren at Dayspring UMC

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.

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

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

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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).

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