Exploring UCC History, Polity, and Theology is a curriculum resource for teaching, learning, and exploring how the UCC thinks, proclaims, works, equips, and engages each part of the denomination to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Use this with confirmation, adult small groups, retreats, new member courses, Committees on Ministry, conference boards, and other any gathering of folks who are curious about what it means to be a part of the UCC.
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Each learning session includes a facilitator guide, video, resources, and activities to help folks explore the unique history, governance structure, and theological commitments of the UCC. You can access all the lessons and resources through this site, as well as download any files you need.
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3 p.m. on Sunday, December 1 at The Good Shepherd UCC
Rebecca McElfresh has been approved by the Committee on Church and Ministry ‘A’ to take the next step toward ordination. Congratulations, Rebecca!
The Good Shepherd will host an Ecclesiastical Council on the afternoon of Sunday, December 1 at 3 p.m. to which all are invited.
Read her portfolio and ordination paper HERE. Read More
Please be vigilant about any email that appears to be from your clergy person or our conference minister or staff, asking you to take some kind of unusual action. A number of congregations across our conference and the country have been hit with an email scam. It involves making a fake Gmail (or yahoo, etc.) account in the minister’s name and then sending a request for gift cards allegedly from that minister to the congregation’s directory. Read More
Save the date: March 7, 2020, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visioning for the Southwest Conference; all active clergy and MCVC reps are invited to attend. Read More
Forty-six Southwest Conference clergy will gather at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona this week to rest and renew, gather together or enjoy solitude, walk the labyrinth, hike, and recharge themselves. Read More
The W.I.S.E. Conference safety coordinator, Carol Shipman, has requested volunteers to help with safety to ensure a successful event on November 2 at Church of the Beatitudes.
She needs seven volunteers for Saturday. Shifts are 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to work the entire day, as well. Read More
We are holding the family of Rev. Ed Beck in our prayers. He was a United Methodist clergyperson who served Desert Garden UCC from 1993-2007. Read More
At their annual meeting in Forest Grove, Ore., Central Pacific Conference delegates voted Sept. 28 to call the Rev. Tyler Connoley as their new leader. Read More
Bookkeeper / Administrative Assistant
Accepting resumes through October 18, 2019
Email resumes to Anne Taylor, AZIFM Business Manager – Anne@azifm.org Read More
Rev. Noel Andersen will receive the President’s Award at the NCC’s annual Christian Unity Gathering, which is being held at the Holiday Inn Hampton-Newport News in Hampton, Virginia on Monday, October 14. Read More
We are holding in prayer the friends and family of the Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Buckwald who died on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Read More
Thursday, October 10 at 5 p.m., United Church of Sun City
Conference MInister Rev. Bill Lyons will share his reflections and photos on his Spanish immersion experience in Guatemala at United Church’s Fall Harvest Potluck. A couple of Guatemalan dishes will be served!
The event is open to the Southwest Conference. Save the date! Read More
Stretching Beyond: Diversity in the Search and Call Process is a series of four story-telling videos that depict several scenarios for search committee reflection. These videos from the UCC’s Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization Team (MESA) broaden the search committee’s consideration of pastoral candidates by raising awareness of bias.
The videos are the result of General Synod's 2017 resolution for "Affirming and Supporting the Authorized Ministries of Under-represented Clergy in Local Congregations: A Call for Greater Representation and Economic Justice." Read More
We are holding the family of Rev. Jim Rabb in our prayers. Jim died last night (9/17/19) after a short hospice stay. His sons, Jim and Ian, and his daughter, Kimsley, were with Jim the last week of his life and at the time of his passing. Read More
January 18, 2020 at First Presbyterian, Casa Grande
The Southwest Conference United Church of Christ, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona, Grand Canyon Synod (ELCA) and the De Cristo and Grand Canyon Presbyteries (PCUSA) are cosponsoring “Church Insurance 101” hosted by the UCCIB (UCC Insurance Board). Read More
The closing gavel came down on the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ Tuesday evening, June 25. Over five days, delegates and visitors considered subjects from climate care to opioid addiction, came together for a series of worship events centered by charismatic women preachers, celebrated the ministries of departing leaders and marked the elections of two national executives. Read More
Shine was the 2019 theme, based on Matthew 5:16: In the same way let your light shine before others … That was evident throughout the gathering in Milwaukee. Here are several of those significant moments — how the UCC began shaping a just world for all at General Synod 32.
Bill spent the month of August in a Spanish immersion program in Guatemala. He checked in periodically with photos and reflections. Scroll down to view them. Read More
We love receiving contributions from our churches! We also love to easily attribute those contributions to your designated givings. The easiest way is if you use the form on the website.
It's a fillable PDF that has been recently updated, so you don't need to keep a printed stock on hand! Fill in the form, print it out, and attach it to your contribution!
Call Liana if you have questions. Read More
We’re excited to welcome Genevieve Benham to our staff as Executive Assistant to the Conference Minister! Read More
October 17-18, McCormick Theological Seminary, 5460 S. University Ave., Chicago, IL
All alumni and friends are welcome to attend this annual event. Register HERE. Download the brochure HERE. Read More