Fall Series: “Eight Points of Progressive Christianity”

An Affiliate of The Center for Progressive Christianity

An Affiliate of The Center for Progressive Christianity

Out of fear over changing cultural norms and contemporary understandings of Jesus, eight churches in Fountain Hills joined together this summer to preach a six-week sermon series calling “Progressive” Christianity dangerous, heretical, and apostate. This thinly-veiled criticism of The Fountains’ core values sparked international attention, a flurry of blog-posts and podcasts, coverage in national magazines, and was even the catalyst for recognition with an national award.

The unanticipated consequences of the “Fact or Fiction” campaign included a sincere interest in the principles of Progressive Christianity by seekers who had never known there was an option to the fundamentalism of their birth. One visitor to The Fountains quipped, “The more my pastor described the beliefs of Progressive Christians (in order to tear them down), the more I realized that I was one!”

So, as both a review for those who are already familiar with contemporary Biblical scholarship and expose newcomers to the principles of Progressive Christianity, Pastor Felten will be Applying it to Life with a Fall series on the “Eight Points of Progressive Christianity.” Based on the Center for Progressive Christianity’s “Eight Points” (2011 version), this series will examine eight practical, credible, and positive basics for 21st Century followers of Jesus.

Over the ages, Christianity has never remained the same. As theological and liturgical ideas evolve and old beliefs and practices become increasingly untenable in a post-modern, pluralistic world, it becomes all the more important to explore what a Christianity for the 21st century might look like. Join us at The Fountains for “The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity” September 13th through November 8th. You’ll also be able to check out the audio versions on our new PodOmatic site.

“The Eight Points of Progressive Christianity”

  • Sept. 13th  #1: Following the path and teachings of Jesus can lead to an awareness and experience of the Sacred and the Oneness and Unity of all life (John 10.7-9)
  • Sept. 20th #2: We affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey (Mark 9.38-41)
  • Sept. 27th  #3: We seek community that is inclusive of ALL people, including but not limited to:
    • Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics,
    • Believers and agnostics,
    • Women and men,
    • Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities,
    • Those of all classes and abilities;   (Ephesians 2.11-22)
  • Oct. 4th  #4: We know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe (Luke 10.25-37)
  • Oct. 18th  #5: We find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes. (Matthew 10.13-17)
  • Oct. 25th  #6: We strive for peace and justice among all people (Matthew 25:31-45)
  • Nov. 1st  #7: We strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth
  • Nov. 8th   #8: We commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, and selfless love. (Mark 10.35-45)


REEL FAITH: “Jesus Camp” on September 13th

jesus-campJoin us after church on Sunday for our Brown Bag Movie featuring the documentary, Jesus CampBring a brown bag lunch and we’ll provide the drinks. The 1.5 hour long film will begin at 11am, followed by discussion.

Calling Jesus Camp a both “scary and edifying documentary,” Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat say, “The importance of Jesus Camp cannot be emphasized enough for it reveals as no other film has done the breadth and depth of the culture war that is going on in America.”

An Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jesus Camp follows the experiences of three children attending “Kids on Fire School of Ministry,” a charismatic summer camp for fundamentalist Christian kids.

For anyone who has wondered how Christians can have such differing opinions on so many issues, this important film is one way to get a handle on the phenomenon by documenting the beliefs of a very particular (and extreme) expression of Christianity. This often shocking documentary will generate much discussion. Don’t miss it!


Australian Theologian, Rex Hunt, at The Fountains

Rex Hunt

Revd. Rex AE Hunt

The Fountains is excited to have Rev. Rex AE Hunt as our special guest and speaker on Sunday, Sept. 6th at 9:30am. A leader in the global movement of “Progressive Christianity,” Rex has served as a pastor in the Uniting Church of Australia, organized a number of conferences furthering the ideals of progressive Christianity, and is author of multiples books (see below).

Rex is also an “aggregator” of progressive liturgical resources, offering his work to the wider community at his comprehensive website, RexAEHuntProgressive.com Thousands of clergy and worship teams from around the world reference his website on a regular basis.

At The Fountains, Rex will be Applying it to Life with “Celebrating the Reality that People Matter” with Words of Wisdom from Mark 7:24-30.

Rex will also be offering workshops on liturgy and the Parables on Tuesday, Sept. 8th at The United Methodist Conference Center and the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix. See flyer below and visit the AzFCT website for more info.

Who is this Rex Hunt, anyway?!

Rex A E Hunt is a “Religious Naturalist” (yes, he’ll tell you what this means!), a Progressive Liturgist, a Social Ecologist, and a retired minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, his last placement being at the progressive Church of St James, Canberra ACT (2000-09), having served in parish settings in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territory.

While in placement in Hobart, Tasmania, at Hobart City Centre/Scots-in-the-City (1995-97), Rex served as Uniting Church Senior Chaplain at the Royal Hobart Hospital. It was during this appointment that the Port Arthur massacre occurred with both victims and the accused brought to the RHH. As a chaplain he ministered to families and victims (from Australia and overseas) over a very intense 10 days.

In a previous life he was also the Director of Communications within the National Assembly of the Uniting Church for nine years, and has done a short stint as Acting Director, School of Continuing Education at the NSW Synod’s Centre for Ministry, in North Parramatta, NSW.

He was honorary part-time editor of Ministry: A Journal of Continuing Education (a Uniting Church professional development magazine) for 10 years (1992-2002), Founder and National co-ordinator of The Network of Biblical Storytellers Australia/New Zealand (1990-96), and Founding Director of The Centre for Progressive Religious Thought, Canberra (2002-09). He is now a Life Member of both organisations.

As part of his continuing commitment to the progressive religion movements in Australia and New Zealand he was Chair of the Common Dreams Conference of Religious Progressives, Australia/South Pacific for seven years. Three Conferences have been held: Common Dreams1 Conference, with the theme “Progressive Religion as a Transforming Agent”, in Sydney (2007), Common Dreams2 Conference, in Melbourne (2010), with the theme “Living the ‘progressive’ Religion Dream”, and Common Dreams3 Conference, in Canberra (2013) with the theme: “Midwives of Change: Progressives Shaping Religious Communities”.

He is an Associate of the Westar Institute – a progressive theological ‘think tank’ in biblical literacy within Willamette University (USA). For four years (2005-09) he was a member of its Literacy & Liturgy Seminar.

A “progressive theological” thinker for more than 40 years, his sermons and liturgies are, each week, spread far and wide via his personal web site: www.rexaehuntprogressive.com While his personal network of religious progressives extends globally.

He was the principal author/editor of The Canberra Affirmation (2008), author of Cards, Carols, and Claus. Christmas in Popular Culture and Progressive Christianity (Morning Star Publishing, 2013) and Against the Stream: Progressive Christianity between Pulpit and Pew (Mosaic Press, 2012), as well as editor of When You Come Together. A Study of the Place and Practise of Worship and Liturgy in the Presbytery of Barwon (UCA Presbytery of Barwon, 1985), and New Green Shoots and Other Story Sermons (JBCE Press, 1994).

With fellow Australian John W Smith, he has edited two additional progressive collections: New Life: Rediscovering Faith. Stories from Progressive Christians. (Morning Star Publishing, 2013) and Why Werent We Told? A Handbook on Progressive Christianity (Polebridge Press, 2012).

He was made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 2005.

Rex and spouse Dylis are now living on the NSW Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney. They have two adult married children and three grand children: Elsie, Romeo, and Lenna. They also have a mob of kookaburras that live in their yard. Seriously.


VIP “Civic Academy” on education finance THIS THURSDAY

VIP Flyer for Ed. Civic Academy Aug 27 2015 - Logo

“Promote the welfare of the city and pray for it —  for upon its welfare depends your own.” (Jeremiah 29:7),

Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) is a broad based, non-partisan organization of congregations, schools, unions and non-profits committed to building relational power through organizing people for sustainable social and economic improvement.

This is done through institution-based leadership development; the building of relationships within and between institutions; the identification of and research on issues of mutual self-interest; and disciplined, organized action.  Through this organizing strategy, VIP develops a constituency of leaders to become citizens in the fullest sense: participants in democratic decision-making and agents of the creation of a more just society through the exercise of relational power.  Valley Interfaith Project is affiliated with the Industrial Areas (IAF), the oldest and largest national organizing and leadership development network in the United States. For more information, CLICK HERE. 

As The Fountains moves into a relationship of working with Valley Interfaith Project this next year, a number of opportunities will be offered for interested members and friends to see first-hand how VIP works and what VIP is all about.

The first is a special “Civic Academy” on education finance this Thursday at 6:30 pm, at Paradise Valley United Methodist.  Education is one of VIPs focus issues, in no small part because of the impact education funding (or lack thereof) is directly affecting our local school district, our children, families, and town.

According to national data released this summer, Arizona provides less state funding per student than any state in the nation.  (See more HERE)  If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can be on about “Promoting the welfare of the city and praying for it —  for upon its welfare depends your own.” (Jeremiah 29:7), join us this Thursday at PVUMC!

Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member!

MaryCeleste Gall

MaryCeleste Gall

The Fountains is thrilled to welcome Mary Celeste Gall to her new role as Office Manager for The Fountains! An outstanding addition to our staff, Mary Celeste brings years of experience and a contagious optimism to our day-to-day operations.

Whether it’s Secretary for Finance and Accounting of the Computer Programming Division for the US Army Tank/Automotive Command, general accounting and bookkeeping, or supervisor for Ross and tax preparer for H&R Block, Mary Celeste has what it takes to keep things organized and on the move!

Of her new role as Office Manager, Mary Celeste says,

“I am very excited to be able to begin this new chapter of my life by being able to assist in the daily operations of The Fountains. It has always felt a bit like home for me. And the people? Part of my family! I look forward to this opportunity to serve in assisting the staff and people of The Fountains!”

Mary Celeste’s hours will be Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm. Be sure to welcome her when you see her in the office or in church on Sundays!

Felten to Receive “Voice in the Wilderness” Award from Reconciling Ministries Network

rmnwebPastor David is being recognized with a national honor, the 2015 Voice in the Wilderness Award for “persons or groups who, despite their isolation in wilderness situations, take risks to proclaim the rightness of inclusion of all persons in the community of the church.”

The Reconciling Ministries Network, a national advocacy group for the rights of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, will present the award at its national convocation in San Antonio, Texas on August 8th, 2015.

This is not only a proud moment for Pastor Felten, but for the whole congregation at The Fountains. A Reconciling Congregation since 2013 and a host of regular PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meetings since 2011, the Fountains has been the lone theological leader in Fountain Hills speaking for the rights of LGBTQ individuals. In 2014, Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey, members of The Fountains, were the first couple to receive a same-sex marriage license in Arizona.

In the wake of Pastor Felten’s support of a nondiscrimination ordinance in Fountain Hills and for his advocacy of Progressive Christianity, eight fundamentalist churches in Fountain Hills joined together in the summer of 2015 for a six-week sermon series attempting to discredit Progressive Christianity. They also took out large ads in the local paper and hung banners in front of their churches calling into question the legitimacy of Progressive Christianity in general and, by extension, Rev. Felten and his progressive Biblical teaching (which includes the popular “Living the Questions” DVD curriculum series for Progressive Christians).

In the face of this criticism, Rev. Felten has remained determined and is gratified that the publicity surrounding the local theological bullying has served to further promote the values of progressive theology to a national audience and beyond. With a strong commitment to his local congregation, he continues to speak out on issues of justice beyond the walls of the church. He notes that, “Despite recent victories for Marriage Equality, there’s still much work to be done in dismantling the discriminatory practices enshrined in our churches, the law, and our culture.” Pastor Felten is no stranger to resistance for his taking a prophetic stance: he is also a founding member of “No Longer Silent: Clergy for Justice,” an outspoken voice working for LGBTQ rights both in the church and in the community at large for nearly twenty years.

For continuing to support LGBTQ rights while enduring fierce opposition from fellow clergy in and around the Phoenix area, Rev. David Felten is presented with the Reconciling Ministry Network’s “Voice in the Wilderness” award for 2015.

David is particularly thankful to the people of The Fountains for their support and encouragement of the work in which he has been involved, adding, “This award is a recognition of the faithful witness of the entire Fountains faith community.”

Movie advocates “Voting with Your Fork!”

nourish-logoAward-winning film Nourish, What’s the Story of your Food?  will be screened on Sunday, August 2nd, at 11:00 am at The Fountains. The short film and discussion will follow the regular Sunday morning service. The community is invited to join together in looking beyond our plates and exploring how our food choices impact public health, biodiversity, social justice, and climate change.

A brief 30 minutes long (see trailer below), Nourish asks people whether they know the story behind what they eat and seeks to open a meaningful conversation about food, health and sustainability. Nourish traces our relationship to food from a global perspective and encourages personal action steps. Dr. Mary Gale Smith says, “Nourish connects the dots between a healthy food system and making healthy food choices; between our health and the health of the planet. These are keys to a more food literate society.”

Patrick Grady, a volunteer with Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, will present the film and moderate a discussion. AZIPL is part of a national network of more than 15,000 congregations across 40 states, mobilizing people of faith to reduce the causes of global climate change through education, advocacy and prayer. Grady says, “We can make deliberate choices at three meals a day that will have personal, community and global impacts.”

Screening a film like Nourish is part of The Fountains’ continuing effort to be engaged with the wider community in exploring the deep issues of our time. Pastor David Felten says, “It’s important to understand the impact of our food choices have so we can add our voices to a better understanding of this global issue.”

The community is encouraged to attend this important film event on Sunday, August 2nd.

Professional childcare is provided throughout the morning. For more information, call 480.837.7627 or email welcome@thefountainsumc.org.

Visit www.nourishlife.org to learn more about Worldlink and the Nourish Educational Initiative.




Presbyterian to Speak at The Fountains

GephartRev. Al Gephart, a leading Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor in the Valley for over 20 years, will be preaching at The Fountains at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 26th. His theme will be “A Holy Adventure.”

Having served for thirty-nine years as a pastor (beginning with congregations in Spokane and Redmond, Washington), Rev. Gephart served most recently at the University Presbyterian Church in Tempe. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and is a long-time proponent of “Process Theology” as taught at Claremont School of Theology. Al is also an accomplished musician, with degrees in music from Lawrence University and USC.

For a number of years, Rev. Gephart chaired the Theological Dialogue Commission of the Arizona Ecumenical Council and was instrumental in the recent reimagining of the AEC into the “Arizona Faith Network”, an organization dedicated to bringing together people of faith as a bridge to understanding and action.

Of his work, he says, “I am deeply moved when I witness those of diverse backgrounds and perspectives being respectful (and) acknowledging differences as they seek to understand each other. None of us, no matter our faith tradition, sees clearly the whole mystery of God. Each of us looks through a foggy glass, ever open to the gift that others have to offer us.”

Along with his ecumenical work, Rev. Gephart has also participated with Rev. David Felten working for LGBTQ rights on the board of No Longer Silent/Clergy for Justice. Al is married to Betsy Wells-Gephart, a lactation consultant. They have two daughters, Eryn and Anna.

For more information, call 480.837.7627 or email welcome@thefountainsumc.org Professional child care is provided throughout the morning.

A New Chapter for Michelle

Chambless, MichelleIt’s with excitement for her and sadness for The Fountains that we say farewell to Michelle Chambless Ferguson as our long-time Office Manager and staff Wonder Woman. On July 13th, Michelle will begin a new journey in a position with American Express in Phoenix. She will be the Executive Assistant to two Vice Presidents in Global Product Development and Operations where she will perform a variety of administrative tasks including expense management, resource reallocation, preparing presentations, interfacing with HR, program analysis, and special projects. Having worked towards this for years, this move will be one more step towards her goal of moving into a position that will let her pursue her passion, financial analysis.

Michelle says:

“In 2006, I suddenly found myself needing to return to work, after 8 years as a stay at home mom; I could not have asked for a more supportive and loving place to land than The Fountains. I could not be where I am today, my kids could not be who they are today, without the support of Pastor David, DeDe, the staff, the volunteers, and the members of The Fountains. Serving at The Fountains for the past 9 years has provided the stability, flexibility, acceptance, and love that I needed, as a single parent, to raise Bruce and Margie throughout their early school years. Because of you and who you are, what you have been to and for them, they have become two of the most beautiful young people you will ever know. There is a piece of each of you in the three of us.” Saying, “Thank you, again, to all of you!” Michelle says she may be leaving the job at The Fountains, but won’t be leaving the church!

We are grateful to all that Michelle has brought to The Fountains over the years, much of which has been done at her own initiative to simply make the office and the whole church run more smoothly and efficiently. Her experience and unique gifts make her well-suited to making whatever situation she finds herself in a better place. We wish her all the best and send her into this next chapter in her life with our prayers and deeply-felt gratitude.

Thank you Michelle! May you know the Spirit’s love and companionship all along your way!

Statement from Presbyterian Clergy re: Attack on Progressive Christianity


Banner in front of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church

One of the churches in what John Shore has called the Fountain Hills “Gang of 8” is Presbyterian, pastored by Bill Good. A number of fellow Presbyterian pastors in the Grand Canyon Presbytery (PCUSA) have not taken kindly to being associated with what they call views that “do not represent our views, the views of the Christian congregations we serve, nor the views of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”  They’ve released a statement that is already gaining national attention and signatures from around the world.

For more info on this campaign against “progressive Christianity” and neighboring church, The Fountains United Methodist, see local stories about it here and here; along with national coverage: Christianity Today, and The Huffington Post).

Below is the statement of the Presbyterian pastors (who invite others to sign on). Presbyterian pastors can contact Eric Lederman directly through his website to add your name.


Recently eight churches in Fountain Hills, Arizona, posted banners announcing a collective sermon series entitled “’Progressive’ Christianity: Fact or Fiction.” The Rev. Bill Good of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, and president of the local clergy association, mischaracterized in his first sermon a distinction between “Progressive Christianity” and what he called “Biblical Christianity,” insinuating that Progressive Christianity is not Biblical nor a valid expression of Christian faith. We respectfully reject this false dichotomy and claim what is often labeled as Progressive Christianity to be a faithful expression of Christian faith in the spirit of Jesus Christ who crossed cultural boundaries and challenged traditional norms for the sake of God’s love, especially for the poor, oppressed, and socially marginalized. The entire spirit of this campaign is not in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

As clergy members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the same denomination as Rev. Good, we, the undersigned of this statement, celebrate the vast diversity of expressions of Christian faith present in the Body of Christ—the Church universal—and further state that Rev. Good’s views do not represent our views, the views of the Christian congregations we serve, nor the views of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a Christian denomination and has been, and continues to be, a classically liberal denomination of Christian faith that attempts to honor diversity of opinion and faith, even protecting the voices of minority positions, while still keeping to the essentials of Christian faith. We are hesitant to define these essentials, understanding that we will make mistakes and are still growing in our understanding of God’s will. We tend to be cautious around any dogmatic statements or claims of absolute truth because God is infinite and cannot be contained by the limits of human understanding and language. Each statement that is made, however, combined with the many statements and understandings offered throughout our historical tradition, offer glimpses of truth that help us discern God’s will for our lives today and for the positive and faithful transformation of the world according to God’s creative love and grace, as revealed through Jesus Christ.

The Hebrew Scriptures teach us to “not bear false witness against our neighbor” (Exodus 20.16). We believe Rev. Good and his colleagues are preaching a distorted view of progressive Christianity to serve their own purposes rather than God’s. In our Gospels, Jesus teaches us to “do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7.12). A major thread that runs throughout the Bible, and summarized by Jesus, is that we are called to love God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. An important aspect of this love is the respect of self and others, especially those with whom we might disagree (Matthew 5.44). We believe Rev. Good’s intentions violate God’s standards of love and seek to tear down rather than build up the Body of Christ.

We celebrate and appreciate a healthy tension between conservative, progressive, and other understandings of God, Jesus, and the Bible, even though we may disagree on many things. We believe we are all better together than apart, and seek to build bridges of understanding and mutual respect. Each perspective presents opportunities and challenges that hold us all accountable to the Spirit of God and the central Biblical call to healthy, mutual and faithful relationships. But we cannot support, condone, nor keep silent about anyone who claims Christian identity and then openly attacks the peace, unity, and purity of the Body of Christ by calling some within it “not really Christian.”

We consider Rev. Good a colleague and a brother in Christ, along with the other clergy participating in this action. We are deeply saddened by the tone and language being used in this campaign, and are especially concerned as the campaign seems to be directed at one particular neighboring congregation: The Fountains United Methodist Church and its pastor, the Rev. David Felten. We believe Rev. Good’s actions are not in keeping with Jesus’ teachings, nor the teachings of our Scriptures. We implore Rev. Good and his colleagues to stop this divisive behavior. We stand in solidarity with Rev. Felten and our sisters and brothers at The Fountains, and hold them all in prayer. We also hold in prayer Rev. Good, our sisters and brothers in the congregation he serves, and the other clergy and congregations participating, trusting that somehow God’s love will win in the end for all of our sakes.

We implore Rev. Good and his colleagues to stop these attacks, take down their banners, and, in the spirit of Jesus Christ, seek to be in conversation and dialogue to seek deeper understanding and respect, rather than resorting to overly simplistic attacks that further drive a wedge into the heart of the Body of Christ—seeking understanding over division; seeking to love rather than hate; seeking to build up rather than tear down.

Sincerely, your sisters and brothers in Christ,

  1. The Rev. Eric O. Ledermann, University Presbyterian Church, Tempe, Arizona
  2. The Rev. Peggy Roberts, Presbytery of Grand Canyon at-large, Phoenix, Arizona
  3. The Rev. Linda Worsnop, Palo Christi Presbyterian Church, Paradise Valley, Arizona
  4. The Rev. Leslie Vogel, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Mission Co-worker, Phoenix, Arizona/Guatemala
  5. The Rev. José Olagues, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retried, Phoenix, Arizona
  6. The Rev. Cynthia A. Jennison, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, Arizona
  7. The Rev. Sue Wintz, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Board Certified Chaplain, Mesa, Arizona
  8. The Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Campbell, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retired, Chandler, Arizona
  9. The Rev. Larry Corbett, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, at-large Interim, Estes Park, Colorado
  10. The Rev. Deanne Hodgson, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retired, Phoenix, Arizona
  11. The Rev. Ken Moe, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retired, Mesa, Arizona
  12. The Rev. Shelly Moe, Celebration of Life Presbyterian Church, Mesa, Arizona
  13. The Rev. Martha Sadongei, Central Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, Arizona
  14. The Rev. Doug Baer, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retired, Phoenix, Arizona
  15. The Rev. Tully M. Fletcher IV, Orangewood Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, Arizona
  16. The Rev. Terry Palmer, Gilbert Presbyterian Church, Gilbert, Arizona
  17. The Rev. Richard Nielsen, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retired, Scottsdale, Arizona
  18. The Rev. David Hicks, First Presbyterian Church, Yuma, Arizona
  19. The Rev. Janet Arbesman, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Member at Large, Carefree, Arizona
  20. The Rev. Mae Hicks, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retired, Phoenix, Arizona
  21. The Rev. Stan Martin, Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church, Tempe, Arizona
  22. The Rev. Joe Keesecker, Presbytery of Grand Canyon, Honorably Retired, Phoenix, Arizona

Other Signatories from outside the Presbytery of Grand Canyon:

  1. The Rev. Kristina Hine, Presbytery of Riverside, Member at Large (serving in Ayr, Scotland)
  2. The Rev. Rob Smith, Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of the Twin Cities, Apple Valley, MN
  3. The Rev. Ben Daniel, Montclair Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of San Francisco, Oakland, CA
  4. The Rev. Beth Appel, Presbytery of Southern New England, Providence, RI
  5. The Rev. Dr. Antonio (Tony) Aja, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe Presbytery, Santa Fe, NM
  6. The Rev. Deborah Matthews, Presbytery of Chicago, Westmont, IL
  7. Sr. Therese Parkin, COS, Guardian of the Community of Solitude, Rotora, New Zealand
  8. The Rev. Dr. Tom Eggebeen, Presbytery the Pacific, Honorably Retired, Los Angeles, CA
  9. The Rev. Eliana Maxim, Presbytery of Seattle, Seattle, WA
  10. The Rev. David Choate, Presbytery of Cincinnati, Member at Large, Cincinnati, OH
  11. The Rev. Pete Jones, Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of the Peaks, Versailles, KY
  12. The Rev. Dwain Lee, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, Auburn, NY
  13. The Rev. Mark Sandlin, Presbytery of Salem, Greensboro, NC
  14. The Rev. Timothy Blodgett, Connecting Point Presbyterian Church, Indian Nations Presbytery, Oklahoma City, OK
  15. The Rev. Landon Whitsitt, Synod of Mid-America, Kansas City, MO
  16. Reed Miller, State College Presbyterian Church, State College, PA
  17. The Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, Mission Presbytery, San Antonio, TX
  18. CRE John Harrison, Fairfield Highlands Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, Midfield, AL
  19. The Rev. Dr. Joanne C. Sizoo, Grace Presbyterian Church, Providence Presbytery, Fort Mill, SC
  20. RE Diana R. Sanderson, Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Western North Carolina, Swannanoa, NC
  21. RE Clancy Cherry, First Presbyterian Church, Albany Presbytery, Albany, NY
  22. The Rev. Tom Paine, Parkway Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of South Louisiana, Metairie, LA
  23. The Rev. Alice Geils Nord, New Hope Presbytery, Honorably Retired, Mebane, NC
  24. The Rev. Benie Nord, New Hope Presbytery, Honorably Retired, Mebane, NC
  25. The Rev. Dr. Paul Alcorn, Bedford Presbyterian Church, Hudson River Presbytery, Bedford, NY
  26. The Rev. Adam Walker Cleaveland, Winnetka Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Chicago, Winnetka, IL
  27. The Rev. John Edward Harris, Presbyterian Church of Cadiz, Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery, Cadiz, OH
  28. Michael Demeule, Seriously considering joining the PC(USA), Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  29. The Rev. Julie A. Jensen, Cherokee Presbytery, Cartersville, GA
  30. The Rev. Elizabeth Kanerva, Glendale Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, St. Louis, MO
  31. Commissioned Ruling Elder Barbara Vaughan, Berkley-Hillside Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Chicago, Hillside, IL
  32. The Rev. Kim Trimboli, West Berlin Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Scioto Valley, Hillard, OH
  33. The Rev. Dr. Sydney V. ‘Skip’ Jackson, Indianola Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Scioto Valley, Columbus, OH
  34. The Rev. Zachary Morton, New Church Development, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Suwanee, GA
  35. Charles Toy, co-found of “The Christian Left,” Portland, OR
  36. The Rev. Brian Shivers, Second Presbyterian Church, White Water Valley Presbytery, Indianapolis, IN
  37. The Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer Oget, PhD, Assoc. Professor of New Testament, The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA, soon to be at Austin Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
  38. The Rev. Frances Hayes, Littlefield Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Detroit, Dearborn, MI
  39. The Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Ancho and Corona Presbyterian Churches, Presbytery of Sierra Lanca, Corona, NM
  40. RE Keith Barber, First Presbyterian Church, Albany Presbytery, Albany, NY
  41. The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Traylor, Transitional Executive Pastor, Presbytery of Central Nebraska, Kearney, NE
  42. Matt Bowman, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky, Louisville, KY
  43. RE John Hannan, Presbytery of West Virginia, Winfield, WV
  44. RE Ken Whitehurst, Moderator-elect, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  45. RE Brenda Crespo, First Presbyterian Church of Perth Amboy, Presbytery of Elizabeth, Metuchen, NJ
  46. The Rev. Dr. Judye Pistole, First Presbyterian Church, Cimarron Presbytery, Alva, OK
  47. The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Luoma, First Presbyterian Church, Vice Moderator of Presbytery of Scioto Valley, Gallipolis, OH
  48. David Silcox, The Southeast Project, Indianapolis, IN
  49. The Rev. Dr. Donald Blosser, PhD, Professor of New Testament (retired), Goshen College, Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN
  50. The Rev. Alisa Secrest, First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Chicago Presbytery, Deerfield, IL
  51. The Rev. Sam Hamilton-Poore, Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of North Central Iowa, Ames, IA
  52. Mary Beth Buffum, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Portland, OR
  53. The Rev. Tricia Dykers Koenig, National Organizer, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Presbytery of the Western Reserve, Cleveland Heights, OH
  54. RE Myra Joyce, Riverdale Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of New York City, Bronx, NY
  55. The Rev. Eslianne Adkins Braunstein, Western Presbyterian Church, National Capitol Presbytery, Washington, DC
  56. CRE Gary Smith, Presbytery of Central Nebraska, Kearny, NE
  57. The Rev. Constance McIntosh, First Presbyterian Church of Welsh, Presbytery of South Louisiana, Welsh, LA
  58. The Rev. C. Michael Kuner, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, presbytery of Northern Kansas, Topeka, KS
  59. The Rev. Bill Schram, Albany Presbytery, Northville, NY
  60. The Rev. Matt Curry, Central Presbyterian Church, Grace Presbytery, Waxahachie, TX
  61. The Rev. Rachael Whaley Pate, Rehoboth Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Decatur, GA
  62. The Rev. Susan Joseph Rack, Christ Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Elizabeth, Martinsville, NJ
  63. The Rev. Bart Smith, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of de Cristo, Tucson, AZ
  64. The Rev. W. Scott Harbison, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of New Covenant, Houston, TX
  65. The Rev. Sarah Ross, First Presbyterian Church, Maumee Valley Presbytery, Adiran, MI
  66. The Rev. Loretta F. Ross, The Sanctuary Foundation for Prayer, Presbytery of Northern Kansas, Topeka, KS
  67. The Rev. Kimberly P. Chastain, United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, Susquehanna Valley Presbytery, Binghamton, NY
  68. The Rev. Paul F. Rack, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Elizabeth, Plainfield, NJ
  69. The Rev. Dr. Kyle M. Walker, Faith Presbyterian Church, Mission Presbytery, Austin, TX
  70. The Rev. Norma Prina Murphy, Hammond Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Northern New York, Hammond, NY
  71. RE Kathryn Quickert, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of San Francisco, San Bruno, CA
  72. RE Kelly M. Godfrey, Trinity Presbyterian Church, John Calvin Presbytery, Shell Knob, MO
  73. The Rev. Charles Freeman, Grace Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine Presbytery, Gainesville, FL
  74. The Rev. Betsy Turner, Luther Hays Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Mansfield, GA
  75. The Rev. Reford B. Nash, Eastminster Presbytery, Honorably Retired, Mineral Ridge, OH
  76. The Rev. John Caster, Presbytery of Cincinnati, Honorably Retired, Cincinnati, OH
  77. The Rev. Karen G. Bear Ride, Presbytery of the Pacific, Claremont, CA
  78. The Rev. Dr. Kim L. Nelson, First Presbyterian Church, Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, Cape Girardeau, MO
  79. The Rev. Jennifer McCann Spivey, Chaplain, Presbytery of Eastern Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
  80. Jeanne Lowrey, Connecting Point Presbyterian Church, Indian Nations Presbytery, Oklahoma City, OK
  81. The Rev. René Brandt, Presbytery of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  82. The Rev. Tom Barnicott, First Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel Park, PA
  83. Steven Gilbert, Calvary Presbyterian Church, West Jersey Presbytery, Riverton, NJ
  84. The Rev. Michael Moore, First Presbyterian Church, Florida Presbytery, DeFuniak Springs, FL
  85. The Rev. Susan Carter Wiggins, First Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR
  86. The Rev. Ruth Billington, Presbytery of Plains and Peaks, Honorably Retired, Fort Collins, CO
  87. The Rev. Michael Hafele, Riverdale Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of New York City, Bronx, NY
  88. The Rev. Kate McGee, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Grace Presbytery, Arlington, TX
  89. RE Kathy Randall, First Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Southern Kansas, Newton, KS
  90. The Rev. Dennie Carcelli, Presbytery of Seattle, Honorably Retired, Seattle, WA
  91. RE Pete H. Wells, First Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Eastern Oregon, Pendleton, OR
  92. RE Stacy Clopton Yates, St. Luke Presbyterian Church, Palo Duro Presbytery, Amarillo, TX
  93. The Rev. Dr. Marsha Cutting, PhD, Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, Seattle Presbytery, Honorably Retired, Seattle, WA
  94. Sharon Dowling, First Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Northern New England, Antrim, NH
  95. The Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Cullen, Heartland Presbytery, Honorably Retired, Kansas City, MO
  96. Roberta Henry, Bethany Presbyterian Church, San Francisco Presbytery, San Bruno, CA
  97. The Rev. Dr. Deana J. Reed, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of the Redwoods, Napa, CA
  98. The Rev. William Norman, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Presbytery of Sacramento, Woodland, CA
  99. The Rev. Marsha McFadden Quick, United Church of Christ, Southern California Nevada Conference, Los Angeles, CA
  100. The Rev. Mari Lyn Jones, Butler Presbyterian Church, Heartland Presbytery, Butler, MO
  101. The Rev. Carla Libby Gentry, Belton Presbyterian Church, Heartland Presbytery, Belton, MO
  102. The Rev. Lorelei Kay, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe Presbytery, Gallup, NM

RE=Ruling Elder in the PC(USA)
CRE=Commissioned Ruling Elder in the PC(USA)

Since this first posted, we have received the above signatories. The response has been overwhelming.

Updated as of May 22, 2015 at 11:40 p.m. MST.

Our hope is to respond directly to the allegations made by the churches in Fountain Hills, stand in solidarity with Rev. Felten and his congregation, and, at the same time, express our deep hope for true dialogue and seeking understanding. These divisive tactics only tear us apart. God, in Christ, has sought to pull us together. I pray that may still be possible.

If you would like to be added to the list, whether or not you are a member of the Presbytery of Grand Canyon, CLICK HERE to go to a page with instructions on being included as a signatory.

Click HERE to go to Ledermann’s blog for an up-to-date list of the signers

Click HERE to read the statement of Brad Munroe, Presbytery Pastor