Living the Questions Study

Taking the Bible Seriously, Not Literally

Even in the 21st Century, many people think that believing unbelievable things is a prerequisite to being a follower of Jesus. Outdated myths like the Virgin Birth and a literal six-day creation have become a barrier to thinking people taking the Bible seriously. The reality is that seminaries have long taught a more metaphorical approach to Christianity that simply doesn’t trickle down into the pews. If you’ve always thought there was more to it than you’ve been told and that clergy aren’t being completely honest, then Living the Questions 2.0 is for you.  (See the trailer below) 

LtQ2Living the Questions ( is a revolutionary discussion and study program created by The Fountains’ pastor, Rev. David Felten, and colleague, Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy as a progressive alternative to the pat answers of the evangelical “Alpha Course.” The DVD series, now in use by over 6,000 churches around the world, has also been published in book form by HarperOne, San Francisco.

This winter’s evening sessions will begin on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30pm at The Fountains. They will continue on Thursdays through March 8th. The overall theme is “Transformation” and includes the topics of Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision, A Kingdom without Walls, and Embracing Mystery. Facilitated by Pastor David, these classes introduce participants to ways of thinking about the Bible, their faith, and how to interact with the world in ways that make sense in the 21st century.

Suggested tuition for this seven (7) week module is $20. Contact the office to register: 480.837.7627. Those who register ahead will receive a participant guide via email or mail so they can prepare for the first session. While many have already completed the first and second modules (Sessions 1 – 7 and 8 – 14) of Living the Questions 2.0, they are not a pre-requisite to participating in the final module (Sessions 15 through 21).

Living the Questions 2.0: Transformation

  • Jan 18th              15. A Kingdom without Walls
  • Jan 25th            16. Social Justice: Realizing God’s Vision
  • Feb. 1st             17. Incarnation: Divinely Human
  • Feb 8th             18. Prayer: Intimacy with God
  • Feb 15th            19. Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry
  • Feb 22nd           20. Creative Transformation
  • March 1st          BREAK
  • March 8th          21. Embracing Mystery

Join us and plan for stimulating input, great conversation, and a liberating view of Christianity. Childcare is available upon request – call the office (480.837.7627).


WATCH HERE FOR THE FOUNTAINS UMC RESPONSE TO COVID-19Information changes frequently, so be sure to check back often

The Fountains UMC is creating a plan for its response to COVID-19, with the goal of maintaining social distance to keep everyone safe. Sharing information and maintaining contact with members and the community is critical, and to that end we have several actions in process. Watch here for updates, and come back often to check on new information!

  • All in-person meetings and group gatherings on campus are supended through the end of April.
  • The Fountains UMC Office will be open by appointment only until further notice.
  • Sunday morning Celebrations are Live-Streamed at 9:30am only, no face-to-face gatherings.
  • Meals at JUSTA and Halle Centers are suspended until further notice.
  • April 24-26 Mingus Mountain All Church Camp is cancelled
Sunday Morning Celebrations

Sunday morning Celebrations will be held at 9:30 online only, via Livestream, You Tube and Facebook. Follow one of these links to tune in on Sunday mornings: