AzFCT is a network of individuals and groups who welcome opportunities to explore progressive religious ideas through lectures, dialogue and in-depth reflection.

In recognition of the importance of religious thought and practice, AzFCT explores emerging paradigms of religious and spiritual experience that are relevant to cultural, social, political and scientific perspectives of the 21st century. Thought-provoking programs challenge us to examine how our theological and spiritual beliefs inform and influence our everyday lives.

Intellectual curiosity and the fellowship of kindred spirits, along with movement of the spirit, inspire personal action to bring about changes that make our daily lives congruent with our beliefs.

AzFCT is an ecumenical, interfaith group that welcomes people of all faiths, as well as those who have left organized religion behind and are seeking a safe place to navigate spiritual and religious complexities in an open, accepting atmosphere.

Study with leading theologians

Attend mind-stretching lectures and forums

Create new paradigms for emerging visions of spirituality

Reformulate for today the messages of sacred texts.

Explore your own vision of religion’s role in your life.

Discover new ways of thinking about spirituality and belief.

Our History


The Founders of AzFCT, Herb Henderson, Penny Davis, and Rev. David Felten, recognized the need for people to become more aware of the latest thinking about theology, religion, and the roles both play in our lives and culture. As such, they were impressed with the work of the Foundation for Contemporary Theology, which has been bringing outstanding speakers to Houston, Texas, since its founding by Episcopal Rev. Wes Seeliger in 1987.


In July 2003 The Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology was duly established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation by the Internal Revenue Service. This allows all contributions made to AzFCT to be fully deductible for income tax purposes to the extent provided by law.


Our Audience


  • People who value openness to truth, wherever it may be found
  • People who give priority to the search over certainty in the life of faith
  • People who question Christianity’s claims of superiority over other religious traditions
  • People who want to be engaged in the struggle for justice and peace

The fastest growing, religiously identifiable group in the United States are those who identify themselves as “non-affiliated.” Some call this group the “church alumni association.” In the past half-century their numbers have grown from 2 percent of the population to 15 percent today.


They are people who have spiritual interests and longings, but who cannot accept the dogma and literalism they associate with Christianity or other religions.

Board of Directors


Rock Fremont, Chair
David Felten, Vice Chair
Sally Rings, Secretary
Elizabeth Cabalka, Treasurer


Merrill Davidson
Penny Davis
Ernie Gregg
Michael Powell
Joy Lynn-Schroeder
Theresa Stirling
Sandy Thron

Herb Henderson, Emeritus