A Very Real Communion in a Virtual World

The first Sunday of the month is The Fountains’ traditional Communion Sunday. In response to pandemic “social distancing,” you may have heard about some churches providing/delivering elaborate “pre-blessed communion kits” or “single serve communion cups” (in disposable coffee creamer-style “pods”), “drive-through” communion, and other attempts to try and provide as traditional a kind of communion experience as possible. Out of an abundance of caution health-wise, The Fountains’ will NOT be distributing anything to people’s homes. And theologically, it seems that people are getting worked up over the most superficial aspects of communion, the “authority” of clergy, a loss of “control” over the sacred, and generally missing the whole point. So, here’s a brief rationale for how we’ll be observing communion in our homes (keeping in mind that this is a developing practice and subject to change!).

THE WHY OF IT:

  1. In the United Methodist tradition, Communion is a Memorial meal — we are remembering what Jesus practiced: going out of his way to welcome those whom society have isolated as “unclean” (whoah, wait a second! That’s sounding a little closer to home for all of us these days)
  2. To put it bluntly, there’s not some “magic” that happens to the elements to somehow make them objectively more potent spiritually. The “magic” of communion is in followers acting out the manner in which Jesus welcomed everyoneto join in the meal — especially those who would otherwise be excluded.
  3. There are no official elements prescribed or officially authorized by the church. A wide variety of “bread” is used: leavened and unleavened bread, crackers, those suspect Styrofoam-like wafers, or the strange little bread-like “pellets” some of us may remember from years ago. Likewise, a wide variety of contents are offered in the typical “cup” – real wine, grape juice (of various colors), and, in Wesley’s “Love Feast,” water is used. So, take this variety as a demonstration of the flexibility of the ritual. The specific elements themselves are not important.
  4. Communion is what our tradition calls a “sacrament.” Remembering that the word “sacrament” is from the Latin sacr?mentum (and sacer), meaning to consecrate, to make “sacred, holy,” we are simply making an everyday “something” (like bread and grape juice) sacred or holy.
  5. When it comes time for Communion in the course of The Fountains’ “studio” celebration, participants will be invited to turn to the prayers that follow this explanation (see below) and join with one another in “sharing” a communion experience that is an authentic observance linking our faith community across time and distance.

THE HOW OF IT:

  1. Remembering that the model for modern communion were just typical meals in Jesus’ day, we will encourage you to designate a meal in which you can be intentional about making “sacred.” This can be any meal at any time (acknowledging that people are dialing in to watch the “studio” at various times over the course of several days).
  2. Following is a written prayer of “consecration” and a grace to either recite or sing. You are invited to be still and center yourself before the meal, letting go of the stress and anxiety of the day, and taking a few deep breaths.
  3. Light a candle if you’d like and read the “prayer of consecration” provided. Then recite or sing the grace and then enjoy your meal, grateful for the blessing of food in the midst of crisis and mindful that, in ways that this pandemic has made all-too-clear, we are interconnected with one another as human beings across the globe. As followers of Jesus, we are committed to living out his call to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly” in the way of the Spirit.

If your meal includes a glass of wine and some bread, great! If not, no problem! If it is on-your-own or with others, no problem! The important things to remember are:

  • we are part of a community that is connected with one another beyond our mere physical presence and,
  • as individuals, we have the “authority” to make every moment (not just meals) sacred. In fact, the more mindful we are of the wonder and fragility of the gift of life, the more sacred every moment becomes.

These are not typical times. Attempts to try and desperately cling to the old ways of doing church are likely doomed to feel forced and artificial. Let us embrace the challenge of re-creating the “how” of what we do, knowing that the “why” hasn’t changed at all: As followers of Jesus, we put love first!

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Words of Blessing and Consecration

You are invited to be still and center yourself before the meal. Let go of the stress and anxiety of the day, and take a few deep breaths. Light a candle if you’d like and read the words of consecration below.

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Jesus said:
I am the bread of life.
Those who come to me shall not hunger,
And those who believe in me shall never thirst.
No one who comes to me will be cast out. (John 11.28 & 29)

Happy are those who hunger and thirst to do what is right,
for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5.6)

We pause with thanksgiving, especially mindful of the blessing of this meal.

We acknowledge the presence of the Spirit with us here and now, a Spirit that connects us not only with our brothers and sisters from The Fountains, but with all those, everywhere, who share in the gifts and challenges of living life.

May this meal be a part of the nourishment we seek, strengthening us to make Jesus’ call on our lives real in the world. United in our longings for healing and transformation, may we be motivated and inspiried to live with courage, hope, and generosity.

(Sing or recite)

God bless to us our bread,
And food to all those who are hungry,
And hunger for justice to those who are fed,
God bless to us our bread.

Amen.

The Fountains
#weputlovefirst
April 2020

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All-Church Read for LENT 2020

Marcus Borg

 

“Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” Reading Schedule

 

One chapter per week:

  • 1st Week of Lent (March 1st) – 1. Meeting Jesus Again
  • 2nd Week of Lent (March 8th) – 2. What Manner of Man? The Pre-Easter Jesus
  • 3rd Week of Lent (March 15th) – 3. Jesus, Compassion, and Politics
  • 4th Week of Lent (March 22nd) – 4. Jesus and Wisdom: Teacher of Alternative Wisdom
  • 5th Week of Lent (March 29th) – 5. Jesus, the Wisdom of God: Sophia Become Flesh
  • Palm Sunday (April 5th) – 6. Images of Jesus and Images of the Christian Life

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Questions for Reflection

 

Meeting Jesus Again

  1. How do the images of Jesus that Borg describes compare to the images you’ve found significant in your life?
  2. How does an awareness of the differences between John and the rest of the Gospels change your thinking about the origins of the Bible?
  3. In your own words, describe the contrasting ideas of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. Why is this distinction important?
  4. In your own words, describe the difference between the Pre-Easter Jesus and the Post-Easter Jesus. Why is this distinction important?

What Manner of Man? The Pre-Easter Jesus

  1. Why is it so important to reclaim and embrace the Jewishness of Jesus?
  2. How do Borg’s “Two Negative Claims” and “Four Positive Strokes” challenge or clarify your understanding of Jesus?
  3. What are some of the characteristics of Jesus as a “Spirit Person” as Borg describes him?
  4. How does thinking of Jesus as a “Spirit Person” challenge the Church’s long-held assumptions? How does it challenge you’re your long-held assumptions?

Jesus, Compassion, and Politics

  1. What elements of Borg’s characterization of compassion resonate most with you? Why?
  2. Describe Borg’s understanding of the purity system and its implications for political, economic, and social life in Jesus’ day.
  3. It would seem that much of what Jesus emphasized can be distilled into the pursuit of a radical inclusivity. How do you see that standard being expressed (or not expressed) in our churches? In our culture as a whole?
  4. Where do you see the Spirit leading you to grow in connecting your spiritual life with your everyday world/priorities?

Jesus and Wisdom: Teacher of Alternative Wisdom

  1. Describe some of the ways aphorisms and parables disturb the hearer’s assumptions and worldview.
  2. How do conventional wisdom and “bondage to the dominant culture” jeopardize one’s ability to hear Jesus’ message for today?
  3. What are the spiritual/religious implications of the idea of Jesus as a teacher of a subversive, “alternative wisdom” for those who see this characterization as out-of-synch with the “safe” and traditional Jesus of their up-bringing?
  4. How does the image of God and the way of life at the center of Jesus’ teachings undermine the dominant ideas promoted by the purveyors of conventional wisdom?

Jesus, the Wisdom of God: Sophia Become Flesh

  1. Keeping in mind the Christology that you may have grown up with in your Christian tradition, contrast the Biblical images of wisdom from the Jewish perspective.
  2. List some examples of how Sophia is expressed in the Synoptic Gospels, in Paul, and in John.
  3. In what ways might the feminine image and “gender complementarity” of wisdom as Sophia expand your spiritual vocabulary and perspective?
  4. Of these first five chapters, what idea or concept has been most helpful to you? The most challenging?

Images of Jesus and Images of the Christian Life

  1. Describe Borg’s three “macro-stories” and their specific and particular priorities.
  2. Of the three, which macro-story resonates most clearly in your spiritual life today? In other periods of your life?
  3. What are the implications of seeing the Christian life as a journey rather than a destination?
  4. How will your spiritual life be changed by moving from “belief in” Jesus to “being in relationship with” Jesus?

 

Download a pdf file of the above: Meeting Jesus Again Readers Guide 2020

 

Questions by Rev. David M Felten © 2020 by The Fountains, a United Methodist Church

Award-Winning Author & Jesus Seminar Scholar at The Fountains

The Fountains is thrilled to welcome Dr. Stephen J.  Patterson back to Fountain Hills for both our 9am and 11:15 services (with a Q&A at 10:15) on Sunday, March 1st. Author or co-author of over ten books on the origins of Christianity and the George H. Atkinson professor of religious and ethical studies at Willamette University, Patterson was recently awarded the prestigious 2020 Grawemeyer Award recognizing the most outstanding idea in religion, music composition, world order, psychology and education for his book, “The Forgotten Creed: Christianity’s Original Struggle Against Bigotry, Slavery and Sexism.”

Patterson teaches courses on the history of religion, writes and lectures widely on the hidden origins of the earliest Christianities, focusing especially on the lost gospels, Q, and the Gospel of Thomas (texts often overlooked because they are not in the Bible). A leading figure in the Jesus Seminar, Patterson has appeared on many documentaries in connection with his work on the Gospel of Thomas, Q, and the quest for the historical Jesus. He is also featured in the “Living the Questions” curriculum developed by The Fountains’ pastor, Rev. David Felten.

At The Fountains, Dr. Patterson will be speaking on the Gospel of Thomas, a “sayings” Gospel that was discovered in the Egyptian desert in 1945. While it didn’t make the cut into the canon of the New Testament with Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, it has come to be embraced as a document on par with the Biblical gospels. In fact, growing evidence points to Thomas having been written before the Gospels in the Bible — maybe even as early as 40 (only 10 years after Jesus’ death and over 30 years earlier than the Gospels in the Bible). The Gospel of Thomas is looked to by scholars as containing sayings original to Jesus that have been unadulterated by the later gospel writers and editors of the Bible.

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Firing up a Combustible Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and kicks off the 40 days leading up to Easter. Ashes are smudged on our foreheads and we’re reminded that we’re going to die (like we need a reminder!). But lurking behind Ash Wednesday’s reputation of self-reflection and penance is a celebration of life. And fire. Yup, burning stuff. Palm branches in particular.

Christians need to be careful about Ash Wednesday. Taken superficially, the gloomy “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” language can become a misguided downer of spiritual confessions of the “woe is me” variety. It’s been used from time immemorial to convince earnest Christians of the need to spend 40 days in denial and self-loathing to prepare for Easter. But there’s another take on Ash Wednesday — one that goes back to its ancient roots in the early church.

At The Fountains, we mark Ash Wednesday as the ancient Christians may have done: outside around a bonfire. As participants take the dried palm branches we waved on the previous year’s Palm Sunday and place them on the fire to be consumed, they’re reminded how fleeting praise and glory is — and how quickly life can turn to ashes.

Dramatic and visceral, we’re reminded of the ultimate reality we struggle against, our mortality. We are reminded, both by the words we say and the burned palms imposed on our foreheads, that we will die. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. There’s no escape — so get crackin’! Every moment is precious before the looming fact that we only have so much time as short-lived expressions of the spirit. In that brief time we are tasked to love, serve, and live fully – before returning to dust.

Join us for this unique ritual that takes our mortal existence seriously but also celebrates the extraordinary and fleeting gift of being alive. Look for the bonfire in the Memorial Garden at 7pm on February 26th. While there won’t be a lot of reading, plan to bring a flashlight to see lyrics and prayer responses. Limited seating will be provided and you’re welcome to bring a folding chair you find comfortable.

For more information, call 480.837.7627

Ash Wednesday Service

New “Best of Borg” Series at The Fountains

borg beyond beliefThe Fountains’ Sunday morning Adult Education class, RxEKNEW, will be beginning a new series on Sunday, January 19th at 10:15. “Marcus Borg: Beyond Belief” is a brand new DVD program featuring favorite moments, core teachings and extensive never-before seen material from the LtQ archives plus commentary from Rev. Marianne Borg. A long-time friend and contributor to Living the Questions, this series is a tribute to one of the most influential teachers and authors of his generation. Marcus passed away in January of 2015.

A renowned New Testament scholar, theologian and author, Borg was among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity and internationally known in both academic and church circles. As a member of the “Jesus Seminar,” Marcus brought clarity and insight to an understanding of Jesus and Christianity that was both accessible and transformative. The New York Times described him as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.”

Topics include:

  • Centered in the Spirit
  • Meeting Jesus Again
  • Followers of the Way
  • Reading the Bible
  • An Emerging Way
  • Beyond Belief

One of the producers of the program, Fountains’ Pastor, Rev. David Felten, says, “This Living the Questions” series not only captures the essence of Borg’s teachings, but offers personal insights for Borg ‘groupies’ from Episcopal Priest, the Rev. Marianne Borg, a gifted and inspiring speaker in her own right.” Marianne says, “What you’re going to hear in the series is, if you will, the best of Borg. For some of us, it’ll be like hearing Marcus again for the first time. For many of us, a lot of this is still going to be new. There is something about Marcus’s work that I think will continue to make all things new in a way that we can look afresh at Christianity in the 21st century – what it means for the living of our days, what is real, and how should we live.”

The sessions are free and open to anyone to attend and participate. For more information, contact the office at 480.837.7627. Childcare is available.

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New Living the Questions Series Advocates Practical Response to Climate-Change

The Fountains’ latest “Living the Questions” program is a dynamic new discussion series on Climate Change: “ProFuture Faith: The Prodigal Species Comes Home,” featuring eco-theologian, bestselling author, and TEDx speaker, the Rev. Michael Dowd. Focusing on the intersection of science, spirituality and sustainability, the course seeks to bridge the gap between head and heart, science and faith. The basic format for each 90-minute session includes conversation around background readings, a 20-minute video presentation, and guided discussion. CLICK HERE to view the trailer. 

Exploring the concept of “eco-theism”, Pro-Future Faith will guide participants on a journey toward accepting what is inevitable, avoiding what is futile, and inspiring all to attend to what is urgent. “Industrial civilization and humans’ insatiable appetites have us hurtling toward irreversible consequences — not in some distant future, but right now. The good news is that it’s not too late,” says Dowd.

The eight-session course will be offered in two tracks, one on Wednesday mornings at 10am (beginning January 15th) and one on Thursday evenings at 6:30 (beginning January 16th). Suggested tuition for this eight (8) week series is $20. Contact the office at 480.837.7627 to register and receive a participant guide via email or mail in order to prepare for the first session.

Class Schedule:

  • January 15/16: 1. Un-Trivializing God – Reality as a Thou
  • January 22/23: 2. The Purpose of Religion and Necessity of Science
  • January 29/30: 3. The Epic of Evolution – A Cosmic Timeline
  • February 5/6: 4. Thus Sayeth Reality – What is Inevitable: What is Needed.
  • February 12/13: 5. Thus Sayeth Reality – What is Futile: What is Urgent.
  • February 19/20: 6. Why We Struggle – Un-trivializing Mythic Wisdom
  • February 26/27: 7. Impermanence and Death as Sacred – Embracing Limits
  • March 4/5: 8. Staying Sane, Sober and Inspired in Contracting Times.

As an evangelist for Big History (the academic discipline that examines history from the Big Bang to the present), Dowd has presented “Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis” at the United Nations and has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and on CBC, CNN, ABC News and Fox News. His 2009 book, “Thank God for Evolution,” has been endorsed by six Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics and by religious leaders from across the spectrum.

Produced and facilitatedby Pastor David, this “Living the Questions” program promises stimulating input, encouraging conversation, and practical strategies for responding to Climate Change from a spiritual perspective. Childcare is available upon request – call the office (480.837.7627).

CLICK HERE or on graphic below to view the trailer.

Life-changing Living the Questions Class This Fall

The first module of the popular DVD course “Living the Questions 2.0” will be offered at The Fountains beginning Wednesday morning, Oct. 30th at 10am and will continue for seven (7) weeks. The theme of the first seven sessions is “Invitation to Journey” and includes topics like Taking the Bible Seriously, Stories of Creation, and the Lives of Jesus. Facilitated by one of the creators of the series, Rev. David Felten, Living the Questions was developed as an alternative to the pat answers offered by more evangelical churches. Questions explored include how taking the Bible seriously excludes a belief in the inerrancy (or infallibility) of scripture, how Creationism is not compatible with the Bible, and how embracing the conflicting Gospel portrayals of Jesus actually enriches our understanding of who Jesus was and his relevance for today.

While some local churches object to this material being made available to the public (Pastor Tony Pierce has declared Rev. Felten the “primary proponent of [an] apostate religious movement.”), Living the Questions is now in use by over 6,000 churches around the world and was a #1 bestselling book on Amazon (HarperOne, 2012). Rev. John White of Massachusetts says, Living the Questions is the most extraordinary adult education material I have ever used. Life-changing – personally and collectively!”

Living the Questions has been praised for introducing people to ways of thinking about the Bible that is taught in seminaries but often doesn’t make it into the sermons or curriculum of local churches. Felten says, “If you’ve ever suspected that you’re not getting the whole story in a more dogmatically traditional setting, then a Living the Questions class is for you.”

Suggested tuition for this seven (7) week module is $20. Call the office at 480.837.7627 to register and receive a participant guide via email or mail in order to prepare for the first session. Note that the second and third modules (Sessions 8 – 14 and 15 — 21) will be offered at a later date.

  • Oct. 30: 1. An Invitation to Journey
  • Nov 6: 2. Taking the Bible Seriously
  • Nov 13: 3. Thinking Theologically
  • Nov 20: 4. Stories of Creation
  • Nov 27: BREAK for Thanksgiving
  • Dec 4: 5. Lives of Jesus
  • Dec 11: 6. A Passion for Christ: Paul
  • Dec 18: 7. Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians

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

CLICK HERE or on the video below to view a trailer of Living the Questions 2.0

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019

There’s really no better way to reshape and deepen your understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus than a trip to where it all started. There’s still room to join Pastor David and Laura Felten as they host a pilgrimage to the Galilee and Jerusalem in March of 2019.

“Laura and I are getting excited about heading back to the Holy Land in 2019 and invite you to join us to be on pilgrimage together. CLICK HERE to find a brochure with details on our itinerary and the options available, including extensions in Jordan and Jerusalem. We’ll be departing Phoenix on March 11, 2019 – a beautiful time of year to be in the Galilee and Jerusalem.” 

Having traveled on four occasions with Educational Opportunities, Pastor David and Laura are well acquainted with the quality arrangements and attention to detail that EO’s years of expertise bring into play. Every detail is thought through and planned for in order to guarantee each participant a safe, enjoyable, and enlightening trip.

 

2011 Fountains’ pilgrims relaxing in the Dead Sea

Costs

The total cost for TEN DAYS (including roundtrip airfare from New York (Kennedy), 1st class hotels, deluxe motor coaches, guides, entrance fees, and all meals but lunches) is $3,298. The cost for EO to arrange your Phoenix/New York airfare (roundtrip) is only $448, bringing the full cost to $3,746. If you arrange your own flights to Tel Aviv, the tour cost is only $1,998 (and you’ll have to arrange ground transportation to rendezvous with us).

In addition to the trip itself, Arizona-based pilgrims will have opportunities to participate in pre-departure events including itinerary-based Bible studies and cultural experiences. Leading up to departure, there will be several events in  January and February of 2019 preparing for what will be seen and experienced on the trip.

For more information,  CLICK HERE to visit EO’s website and explore the “Holy Land Classic” itinerary. There you’ll find details on a variety of options available (including more information on extensions).

Signing Up

When you sign up, you’ll enter Tour Code “HL19” departing March 11, 2019. You’ll also want to enter Pastor David’s ID code, #27209. If you have any questions about the tour, please feel free to contact The Fountains office at 480.837.7627 or by CLICKING HERE to send an email.

Don’t miss out on this trip of a lifetime!

“First Light” — Jesus Seminar Scholars Put Jesus in Context

Why did Jesus happen when he happened? Why the tiny, obscure villages around the Sea of Galilee?  What were the priorities of Jesus’ original message? How does Roman imperial theology continue to subvert Jesus’ message to this day? The consideration of these and many other questions feature in the discussion series, First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God at The Fountains, a United Methodist Church. Twelve evening sessions will begin on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30pm and will continue each Thursday (with a break for Christmas) through the end of February.

 

Travel Back in Time to Jerusalem and The Galilee

First Light is a 12-session series focusing on the historical Jesus with two of the world’s leading Jesus scholars and members of the Jesus Seminar, John Dominic Crossan and the late Marcus Borg. Each session includes DVD segments filmed on location throughout the Galilee and Jerusalem and is supported by a participant reader by Dom Crossan, who says: “[First Light] is all I have to say about Jesus after half a century of study — in succinct summary.”

Pastor David Felten, one of the co-creators of the series, will facilitate this in-depth study aimed at exposing participants to Biblical and historical details that are taught in our seminaries but which seldom trickle down to congregations. Sessions will be held in the sanctuary of The Fountains at 15300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Suggested tuition for this twelve (12) week series 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.

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

Schedule for First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God (Thursdays at 6:30pm):

  • Nov. 29th 1. The Matrix of Jesus
  • Dec. 6th  2. The Advent of the Messiah
  • Dec. 13th 3. God’s Great Cleanup
  • (break for two weeks)
  • Jan 3rd 4. Collaborative Eschaton
  • Jan 10th 5. The Lake as the World
  • Jan 17th 6. Parables as Lures
  • Jan 24th 7. Jesus as Lord
  • Jan 31st 8. Substitutionary Atonement?
  • Feb 7th  9. Demonstrations in Jerusalem
  • Feb 14th 10. The Crowd & the Crucifixion
  • Feb 21st 11. Resurrection as Resistance
  • Feb 28th 12. America as the New Rome

Click below to view an excerpt from “First Light”

Living the Questions: Invitation to Journey (Session 1-7)

If you’re new to The Fountains, looking to connect with some like-minded fellow Fountains folk, or just wondering what “THAT church” is up to, then Living the Questions 2.0 is for you! The first module of the course will be offered at The Fountains beginning Wednesday morning, Oct. 31st at 10am and will continue for seven (7) weeks (with a break for Thanksgiving).  [NOTE: This is a new, rescheduled starting date from previous announcements.] Each session consists of comprehensive reading material, DVD input from top scholars and teachers, and engaging conversation with your fellow participants. Check out the video trailer below or by clicking HERE.

Living the Questions is a program created by Pastor David and colleague, Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy as an alternative to the pat answers offered in many other churches. The series aims to help orient people to a more progressive perspective on the spiritual life and share some of the information and ways of thinking that is taught in our seminaries. The overall theme of the first seven sessions is “Invitation to Journey” and includes the topics of Taking the Bible Seriously, Stories of Creation, and the Lives of Jesus.

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. Many Fountains folks have already completed the second and third modules (Sessions 8 – 14 and 15 — 21) of Living the Questions 2.0. This module circles back to the first flight of the program (Sessions 1 through 7) and is part of our multi-year rotation of these informative classes.

Living the Questions 2.0: Invitation to Journey    

  • Oct 31st: 1. An Invitation to Journey
  • Nov 7th: 2. Taking the Bible Seriously
  • Nov 14th: 3. Thinking Theologically
  • Nov 21st: BREAK for Thanksgiving
  • Nov 28th: 4. Stories of Creation
  • Dec 5th: 5. Lives of Jesus
  • Dec 12th: 6. A Passion for Christ: Paul
  • Dec 19th: 7. Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians

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: