Process Theology - Re-Framing Ministry for a Relational God
Desert Heritage United Church of Christ, Mesa, AZ
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Jeanyne Slettom
Process theology teaches us that we live in an interconnected, interdependent world. In this constantly evolving universe, God is creatively present in every moment, all life forms deserve respect and care, and what we do really matters. Such a radically relational God transforms all aspects of ministry, from preaching and liturgy to pastoral care, education, and even meetings and conflict management. Dive into this rich world of ideas, faith, and action that leads us to create and celebrate the common good.
Spirituality - First Congregational Church, Flagstaff, AZ
Transfiguring Mountains: A Practical Spirituality
The word “spirituality” often conjures up images of quiet retreats, focused prayers, deepening meditations, wise old mothers and fathers living in desert caves or monasteries removed from what we may think of as “normal” everyday life, with its noise, chaos, stress, responsibilities and demands. In this session, using topography as a metaphor – we will take a kind of bird’s-eye view of the spiritual terrain of our practical, day-to-day lives. We will explore its mountain and valley landscapes, and look specifically at some common “mountain” experiences within which we often find ourselves immersed, their motivations, challenges, risks and gifts. We will discover how God is present and interacting with us to offer us spiritual opportunities for growth and transformation. We will come away with a kind of topographical map that can spiritually aid our practical excursions in life.