A Church For The Rest Of Us?
Via de Cristo Faith Community is a warm and inclusive, theologically progressive, denominationally independent Christian gathering, open to inter-tradition dialogue.
Our community embodies a premise that differs from most. Though we share a Christian heritage, we no longer gather around specific sets of beliefs, creeds or doctrines. Our common experience is thoughtful and inquiring spiritual lives and understandings still evolving, …often quite individual in specifics.
So our common ground now lies not so much in what we believe, but in affirming a simpler, more heart-experienced and compassionate way of being in this world, "...acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God." [cf. Micah 6:8].
Walking together with our deeper spiritual conversations and questions, we explore, ruminate and learn, enriched by the sharing of our individual and varied faith journeys.
Individually and in community, we draw the circle larger to make a difference in the troubles of our world, making lives a little easier, ...making futures a little brighter for some who are disadvantaged, homeless, or refugees.
We invite you to walk a little way (or a lot!) with us, exploring the many ways in which this Via de Cristo, ...this Way of Christ, ...can come to life in our hands and feet, ...in our own time and place.
EASY TO FIND!
Our location may surprise you.
It surprised us!
Upstairs Chapel of
Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale
15656 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
Parking and entrance - on the north side of the Harley-Davidson building.
Enter through the main door and skirt to the right around the cycles to the elevator or stairs. The Chapel is on the 2nd floor, straight ahead, then to your left.
Fellowship – 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Service – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Page 2 – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A rich conversation time, often an exploratory extension of the message.
WHAT DOES VDC SOUND LIKE?
Check out our MP3 page!
So happy to have Rev. Al Gephart back with us this coming Sunday, ...and for the following three weeks as well!
This week we also welcome back guitarist Phil Sheeran, and guest vocalist, Katie Moore.
Rev. Gephart's message first message is a provocative one, How Can A Loving God Let This Happen?
One night in October, 2017 Stephen Paddock fired over 1,100 rounds into a large crowd of singing, dancing attendees of the Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Fifty-eight people were killed, and 851 were injured.
Many asked questions afterwards, many who were not there that evening. Where was God? If God could, why didn’t God stop such a massacrer? If God is love wouldn’t God want to prevent such evil?
The issue of evil and suffering is one of the most challenging and difficult problems for traditional Christianity. We will take a new look at this issue Sunday.
Rev. Gephart is an ordained Presbyterian minister holding Masters degrees in church and choral music from USC, and in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. For 17 years Al was the pastor of University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, retiring as Pastor Emeritus in 2009.
He is chair of the Theological Dialogue Commission of the AZ Faith Network, and Southwest regional coordinator for the Seminary Support Network of the PCUSA.
Al continues his studies of process theology with the noted process theologian, Dr. John Cobb (Claremont, CA).
The discussion with Al in the Page 2 session following the service should be particularly lively and interesting.
February 24--Al Gephart, process theologian and pastor emeritus, University Presbyterian Church, Tempe
March 3--Al Gephart
March 10--Al Gephart
March 17--Al Gephart