First Annual Diversity, Inclusion and Equality Interfaith Summit

Please join us on Thursday, June 7th for ONE Community Foundation’s First Annual Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality Interfaith Summit!

Come learn more about ONE Community Foundation’s groundbreaking educational work and about the state of LGBTQ rights in Arizona, participate in our dynamic Unity Journey curriculum, and hear from an expert panel of clergy from around the state who are leading the conversation.

This summit is an opportunity to join in fellowship with other faith leaders from different backgrounds and traditions who are working toward inclusion and equality in the great state of Arizona. Please share this invitation with members of your team and encourage faith leaders in your network to join us as well. This is an important and timely conversation that you need to be a part of!

Whether you have been a long-time partner of ours or are just hoping to learn more, we welcome you. There is a place for everyone at this table. See event details and RSVP link below.

ONE Community Foundation
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality Interfaith Summit

Thursday, June 7th
1:00-3:30 pm
Check-in at 12:30

Flinn Foundation
1802 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

RSVP alberta@onecommunity.com

The Thrive Project

We believe God is calling the Church to thrive in the 21st Century with:

The Effects of Violence on Children

We are called to care about children, remembering Jesus’ words in Matthew 19: 14: Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them….” The PC (USA) Decade of the Child was completed in 2011. But God’s love for children is never-ending, and therefore neither is ours.

Opportunities to action:

Our goal as congregations is to address the causes and impact of abuse in families, to recognize that often children feel both responsible for causing the abuse, and also responsible for stopping it. We know that abused children often grow up to become abusers or abused adults. We advocate and seek safety for each child and each family member. We stand with the vulnerable in God’s kingdom.

Congregations may decide:

*to hold workshops on promoting healthy families.
*to help teens avoid the significant issue of dating violence.
*to make their worshipping community a safe space by addressing    abuse in the congregation.
*to support youth ministries by promoting the Pentecost Offering.

Recommended reading and websites:

PC (USA) Child Advocacy Program:  presbyterianmission.org

Article from the Missouri Coalition on Domestic and Sexual Violence: “Nature and Dynamics of Domestic and Sexual Violence”. mocadsv.org

unicef.org  Rights of the Child 2009

Children’s Defense Fund Fact sheet: Domestic violence and its impact on children, 2002  childrensdefense.org

For more information or to offer thoughts and opinions, contact Joan Fenton rjfenton5@gmail.com.


Ghost Ranch News

  1. Spiritual Life Services is a new department at Ghost Ranch formed to provide regular worship and spiritual practices for all staff and guests, to revitalize and establish direct connection between Ghost Ranch and churches. Chaplains Don Grauer (pastoral care) and Chaplain Brenda Grauer (spiritual life coordinator) welcome your calls and messages  and look forward to working with you to create partnership in ministry.
  2. This summer Spiritual Life Services (SLS) has designed two retreats to resource clergy and churches. Information about each is attached. Please share them with your church leadership and with other faith communities.
    1. Nurturing Faithful Youth in Your Congregation, July 16th – 19th.
    2. Creating Artful Worship for Advent 2018August 27th – 30th. (See details in attached file.)
  3. HELP PLEASE! A new summer position within Spiritual Life Services has, at the last minute, become “open”! Click here for position description and forward it to seminary students, pastors, CLPs you know.  THIS POSITION BEGINS IMMEDIATELY! – ON MAY 29TH! Questions…contact Don or Brenda Grauer, Chaplains.
  4. FYI…there are still workshop spaces available for a major Ghost Ranch event called, “Signs of the Times: Imagining Peace and Justice¸” June 24th – 30th! The national Director of PC(USA) Disaster Assistance Ministries, and the Director of PC(USA) Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministries, along with artists, scientists and academics will lead clergy and church leaders into a week of fellowship, worship, discernment and growth, plus all the other wonders you come to know as Ghost Ranch! You might want to take another look at this opportunity.    https://www.ghostranch.org/retreat/signs-times-eco-spirituality/   Call Spiritual Life Services if we can help you in any way.

Spirituality and Mental Wellness

Join us to learn about the spiritual aspects to mental health and removing barriers to treatment

Presented by Pastor Mike Japenga, M.Div

May 22, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Aurora Behavioral Health – East 6350 S. Maple Ave
Tempe, Arizona 85283
This event is free Complimentary Lunch and CEU (1.5 hrs) provided. Register at:

Due to limited seating, we kindly ask that you register online
LL Spirituality and Mental Wellness 05.22.18

Protect Your House of Worship With Free Resources

The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Center) partners with interagency and whole community partners to offers numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or man-made.

Technical assistance is provided through presentations, workshops, training, webinars, tabletop exercises, and training. Access to these free resources can be found at www.fema.gov/faith-resources.

To access Active Shooter Resources please visit: https://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

Peace and Justice Network May Resources


How does the rhetoric children hear in the media and pictures they see of children who are “different in looks, skin color etc.” affect the way they think of themselves and others? What are some ways we can help them see beauty in the ways God has made us different, and not to fear our differences?

read books about children and families of different ethnic backgrounds
read articles about racism and ways we are all involved in symbolic racism
learn what life is like for children in different countries and areas of the world
host speakers and learn what other churches and individuals are doing to be  more inclusive and diverse in their worship
PCUSA Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries
“Igniting an Intercultural Vision” Rhashell D. Hunter – Director The Racial Ethnic Torch Newsletter
Intercultural Congreg
ational Support Groups
www.presbyterianmission.org/we-choose-welcome/ unicef.org

P J – Cultural Awareness 1
P J – Cultural Awaremess 2

Pentecost Extravaganza

A Religious and Cultural Exchange
with Music, Dance, Food and Much More!
Saturday, June 2
4-7 pm
Orangewood Presbyterian
Hosted by the Hispanic/Multicultural Network
Cultures included:
African, African-American, Middle Eastern, Korean, Native American and Hispanic
To RSVP, contact Betty Ricardo Gomez (623-606-6518) betticyta@hotmail.com

Take Action Against Gun Violence

In the wake of the Parkland school tragedy and the with the voices of students nationwide ringing in our ears, the Peace and Social Justice Network urges you to review the current proposal for gun safety put forth by Governor Ducey.  We believe this proposal does not go nearly far enough because it does not address background checks and does not provide adequate funding for mental health counseling.  Please review the proposed SB1519 at  https://legiscan.com/AZ/text/SB1519/id/1779336

and send your comments to the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee.

Steve Smith LD11 R stsmith@azleg.gov 602 926-5685
Vice Chair, W. Petersen LD12 R wpetersen@azleg.gov 602 926-4136
Sean Bowie LD18 R sbowie@azleg.gov 602 926-3004
David Farnsworth LD16 R dfarnsworth@azleg.gov 602 926-3020
Robert Meza LD30 D rmeza@azleg.gov 602 926-3425
Catherine Miranda LD27 D cmiranda@azleg.gov 602 926-4893
Bob Worsley LD25 R bworsley@azleg.gov 602 926-5760
Sonny Borrelli LD  5 R sborrelli@azleg.gov 602 926-5051

Link to Proposed Legislation

The Numbers

Following Jesus to Erase Racism

Sundays 4:00-5:30 April 29 – May 20
Hosted at:
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
3839 E. Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ, 85028
For more info email christianantiracism@gmail.com

Jesus calls us today to be anti-racist. Racial justice is gospel work.
Come to learn more!
Learn how to prayerfully and faithfully engage in issues of racial justice. Gain the confidence to join conversations with courage, compassion,
and knowledge.
Please join us for this 4 week series where we will discuss the ongoing legacy of racism in America, our place in that story, and our calling as Christ-followers to confront and to dismantle racism and to pursue justice. All are welcome! No cost to attend.

Speakers include Warren Stewart, Jr., Dr. Matthew Whitaker, Dr. Shawn Bawulski, and more!