Clergy Boundary Training is scheduled for November 15, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque. Registration is available HERE. This is also a reminder that keeping current on clergy boundary training is a requirement for authorization of ministry in the United Church of Christ. Those who are due for boundary training this year should have received notification by email. But any clergy, active or retired, or members in discernment, may take boundary training at any time. There's no such thing as too much boundary training!
Cost: $30 which includes lunch and materials.
You may remember that in light of our current cultural context for ministry and best practices being recommended by and adopted throughout the United Church of Christ, COCAM A adopted the following resolution:
“As a condition of maintaining standing, all parish and non-parish active clergy and all retired clergy serving in active ministry will be required to complete anti-racism training by the end of 2017.”
This step is not an indication of a problem or deficiency among us, but rather an expression of our shared commitment to excellence in ministry.
Our next training is:
• November 1, 10 am - 5 pm at Redemptorist Renewal Center, after the Clergy Retreat
The cost is $15 which covers training materials and lunch. This session will be for clergy ONLY.
The trend across the United Church of Christ is clearly to include anti-racism as a requirement for ministerial standing. Taking this step now in the Southwest Conference positions us as leaders for ministerial excellence and innovation in the UCC.
Please sign up now - click HERE.
Active and retired clergy, specialized ministers, parish ministers, and members in discernment are invited to attend the SWC Annual Clergy Retreat held at the beautiful Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, October 30 - November 1.
All members and churches are invited to attend Bill Lyons's installation service at 3 pm on Sunday, October 15 at United Church of Sun City. More information is forthcoming as it is finalized.
Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons Installation
Oct. 15, 2017
United Church of Sun City
11250 N. 107th Ave, Sun City, Az
What to know:
Clergy wear robes/red stoles
Clergy meet at 2:40 to process
Offering to be for SWC scholarship fund
Reception will follow
Joint choir - what to know:
Music available from your church music director or by emailing Holly Herman at Hhbillsmom@gmail.com
Rehearse ahead of time (please)
Meet at 1:30 for rehearsal with USC Music Director
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
- 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.
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.
February 17th & 18th, 2017
The Good Shepherd, UCC
Youth Launch UPDATE!
In order to bring together youth from all over the Southwest Conference, the Youth & Outdoor Ministry has elected to drop the cost of registration so that all may come. This now ONE day event will be held on Saturday November 12th from 2:00- 9:00pm for all Jr and Senior High. Food and drinks will be provided. Games, a Movie, and possibly a dance will offer a taste of what is to come at camp in 2017. If you are an experienced UCC camper or wish to check out what the camp life is life please join. Make new friends and connect with old ones as we delve into the lmitless.
Can you complete the mission?
God loves beyond borders.
In the United Church of Christ we are called to an extravagant welcome of all God's children, no matter who they are or where they are on life's journey. At a time when the politics of fear and hate are overwhelming airwaves, people of faith are called to respond with love. Together we are working to build bridges, not walls.
Family members often don’t consider themselves to be “caregivers” when they have responsibilities for aging loved ones, and thus don’t seek help. Yet – receiving guidance and support can help them better care for their loved ones AND themselves. Are you a caregiver, or do you know someone who is?
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.
Looking for a refreshing approach to spiritual practice? Hungry for new insights into self-awareness and understanding? Drawn to deeper connection, compassion and curiosity? Come and experience the wisdom of the Enneagram, an ancient tool with modern applications. The Enneagram (9 pointed diagram) is a wisdom tradition teaching that offers awareness of self and others, while mapping out a path for personal growth in body, heart and mind.
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. Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels. The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.
Dates: July 26-30, 2016
Location: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, in Buena Vista, Florida
Cost: $549 per person, double occupancy.
5 days and 4 nights' hotel accommodations, including free wi-fi
Transportation to and from the airport and parks
8 meals: Tuesday dinner, all meals Wednesday and Thursday, breakfast Saturday. (Meals on Friday are not included since that is the fellowship day at the parks for all attendees.)
A pass to the Disney parks
Join us Saturday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Desert Palm United Church of Christ
1230 East Guadalupe Road Tempe, AZ 85283
Come for a variety of classical, jazz, and novelty songs played on our new grand piano.
We will be receiving donations that will go toward the Designated Music Fund for Desert Palm.
There will be a reception following the Recital in Mission Hall.
FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives-and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment-for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
The Center for Progressive Renewal has rolled out a great new opportunity for congregational Vitality. It is called reVision this is a year long journey that begins with a period of focused worship, intentional small groups and spiritual practices designed to get congregations into their hearts for real discernment.
Join Encanto Community Church for two Fridays in June at 8 p.m. for a different movie screened every week outdoors on our lovely front lawn. We'll bring the popcorn and cold beverages, you bring your lawn chair or blanket. Admission is free, and as always, ALL are welcome!
The Center for Progressive Renewal has rolled out a great new opportunity for congregational Vitality. It is called reVision this is a year long journey that begins with a period of focused worship, intentional small groups and spiritual practices designed to get congregations into their hearts for real discernment. This is followed by a Convergence Summit to bring everyone together to determine what God is saying to this church about what it can do in this community today. Proposal teams then take these dreams and ideas and prototype initiatives for the congregation to give feedback before implementation.
You can have an opportunity to learn more and ask questions at two upcoming free webinars, both will feature the same content so choose the one that works best for you.
The first one will be Wednesday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Please register for reVision for Congregational Vitality on Jun 8, 2016 2:00 PM EDT at:
The second webinar will be Thursday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m.
Please register for reVision for Congregational Vitality on Jun 16, 2016 4:00 PM EDT at: