Thanksgiving Alive is a youth and young adult retreat sponsored by the UCC Southwest Conference that takes place during the weekend after Thanksgiving. It is a time for service, worship, learning, giving thanks, and building long lasting relationships with people from all across the Southwest.
Please join us when Dr. Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor at Harvard Divinity School, preaches at the 9 am worship service at Church of the Beatitudes. Dr. Cox is a preeminent theologian and scholar on the interaction of religion, culture and politics. Some of his many written works include When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Decisions Today, The Future of Faith, and Religion in the Secular City.
Sunday, November 8th, 11 First Church members and friends -- and three dogs! -- participated in the 3-mile Phoenix Crop Walk, which began and ended in their courtyard. Thanks to all who helped raise awareness of hunger both around the globe and here in the Valley.
I first came to the Southwest Conference in 1993, and have served churches here (except for a 7-yr. stint in the Iowa Conference) ever since. I have been a settled pastor, an Acting Conference Minister, and twice an Interim minister in our conference and have seen lots of changes among our clergy and in our congregations. Currently I am Interim Sr. Pastor at the Church of the Palms in Sun City.
Recently I was listening to an episode of This American Life that told the story of a "car plant in Fremont, California, that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI (New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.) as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved."