Sabbatical Celebration Picnic

Sabbatical Celebration Picnic

It seems only right that our first official in-person gathering after many months will be a meal. Gathering with people at a table to eat may be the most powerful way to connect with others. It is one major way Jesus gathered with people. The gospels show us how Jesus...
Everything Falls Away

Everything Falls Away

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. ~ William Stafford Sooner or later, everything falls away. You, the work you’ve done, your successes, large and small, your failures, too. Those moments when you were light, along-...
Desert Surprises

Desert Surprises

We have all seen it. The green on the mountains surrounding Tucson. It was one of the surprises that greeted us mid-July when we returned from our summer trip. We could not believe it. As I drive by A Mountain each day or look toward the Catalinas, I still cannot...
Back from sabbatical adventure!

Back from sabbatical adventure!

It is wonderful to be back with all of you after the gift of this sabbatical summer! Marco, Krysia, and I are grateful for this time of rest, reflection, and renewal and are glad to be returning to the faith community of First Christian Church. I trust that your time...
Save Asylum Update

Save Asylum Update

Six asylum seekers urge Senator Kyrsten Sinema to consider CBP oversight, immediately restoring access to asylum at the US-Mexico border. The migrants shared that they experienced death threats, corruption, organized crime, and gender-based violence in their...
Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

Each week we start our worship service with an acknowledgement that we reside on land that is precious and has been cared for, loved, and held sacred by many peoples that came before us. The original inhabitants, the Hohokam and Sobaipuri people, considered the land...
The End of Our Summer Journey of Sabbatical

The End of Our Summer Journey of Sabbatical

“And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.” –  2 Corinthians 3:18 We are coming to...
Chaos and Faith

Chaos and Faith

Many people would agree that there have been high levels of chaos present in the past year and a half.  We have had to think in new ways, invent different ways to be church, and find creative ways to stay close to loved ones and friends.  This, in a word, has...
Seeking God

Seeking God

Seek God – the opening line of our mission statement.  It seems so basic, so obvious – of course we are seeking God. But what does it look like in action?  How do we know if we are truly seeking God?  How would God define “seeking” God?  Let us explore together with...