RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
Jul
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

Rev. Dr. Vernon Meyer, Pastor Sun Lakes United Church of Christ
Saturday, July 8, 2017 • 6:00-7:30pm
Ceramics Room A-8, Cottonwood Recreational Center
25630 S. Brentwood Blvd, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

Since the early days of the founding of our country we had held to the principle that the Federal government has no authority to establish or support a particular religion over another.

This principle came from the negative experiences the founding fathers had with the way governments used religion to oppress and enslave the free aspirations of people. The history of our country though suggests that white Protestantism has had a privileged position that has shaped government policy to the exclusion of many other people of faith (eg. Roman Catholics).

Even the election of John F. Kennedy as the first Roman Catholic president was threatened by the power of white Protestant Evangelical Christians. In the last number of years as government policy has include abortion, marriage equality and an increasing openness to
immigrants from Islamic and non-Christian countries, various so called Religious Freedom laws have been passed by the US Congress and state Legislatures that seem to reverse the openness and inclusivity of recent years.

Pastor Vernon will present the background and history of the Separation Clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution and how it affects our understanding of Religious Freedom in the United States today. The presentation will be followed by cookies and Ice cream and free will offerings will be accepted.

For more information call, Pastor Vernon Meyer,
Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, 480-895-6317.

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Lenten Gospel Journey
Mar
21
6:30pm 6:30pm

Lenten Gospel Journey

Three Gospel stories play a significant role in the Lenten Journey- the Woman at the Well, the Blind Man and the Raising of Lazarus. These stories point to the continuing need for conversion related to baptism, with images of water, blindness and being unbound from death itself. This presentation will break open the stories and provide conversation about our individual Lenten journeys.

At Central United Methodist Church
1875 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Ask the Beasts
Mar
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ask the Beasts

ASK THE BEASTS – DOES SCIENCE MATTER TO FAITH?

What does Science and Religion have to say to each other?
Can a biblically informed faith be compatible with the Theory of Evolution

ev. Vernon Meyer, PhD Pastor, Sun Lakes United Church of Christ
March 14, Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Robson Library - Lecky Room 9330 East Riggs Road Sun Lakes, AZ, 85248

Is it possible to have a conversation between science and the theory of evolution and the Christian religion? About half of the Christians in the United States would consider such an encounter inconceivable, but Dr. Elizabeth Johnson shows how a biblically informed faith can come alive, and hope can be renewed, when we look at the life-world through the lens of Darwin’s Origin. What would happen to our theologies, then, if we looked at life as closely and compassionately as Darwin does in the Origin, while keeping in mind simultaneously the genetically informed developments that have taken place in evolutionary biology since Darwin’s day? The most vocal evolutionists think that biology has made theology superfluous. Natural selection, not God, they insist, is the author of life. But Johnson’s theologically sophisticated view of divine action allows for no real competition between natural causation and divine creativity.
There will be time for questions and refreshments following the presentation. For more information contact Pastor Vernon at Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, 480-895-6317 or Fred Cerutti at 480-415-8589

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Afternoon Tea
Feb
13
2:00pm 2:00pm

Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea will be held on February 13  2:00-4:00
for UCC Ladies and friends at the Chapel Center.

Dianne Eddy, local tea expert, will provide tea and program. There will be plates of goodies too! Tickets ($8.00) will be available mid January. You can also visit Dianne's shop, Tea and Gifts, at Fulton Ranch center across from Safeway.

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Celebrating Black History Month
Feb
5
11:15am11:15am

Celebrating Black History Month

Sun Lakes United Church of Christ will celebrate Black History Month during the month of February. During the Sunday, February 5th service, Renee Brooks will return with her stirring presentation of the life of Harriet Tubman. The Story of Harriet Tubman is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. Renee is a part of the Desert Dance Theater’s production of Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman. Since the production’s premiere at the Herberger Theater Center in January of 1993, Sister Moses has been performed in various sold out venues throughout the Phoenix area including: Chandler Center for the Arts, Gammage Auditorium, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, South Mountain Community College; and at several high schools.

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The Battle for God
Nov
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Battle for God

The Age of the Enlightenment placed science and reason as the ultimate definer truth in the human community. Religious and spirituality were judged to be mere superstition, so by the 19th century many were proclaiming God was dead. In the United States today almost 29% of people no longer identify with organized religion and while the reasons vary, most suggest that religion is behind many of the conflicts in the world today.

Pastor Vernon Meyer, PhD, pastor of Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, will discuss the challenges religion and spirituality face in the postmodern world where people are suspicious of religion and equally unsure of the place of spirituality in their lives. Pastor Vernon will reply upon the work of Karen Armstrong in her two important books: The History of God: the 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and The Battle for God.

There will be time for questions and refreshments following the presentation. For more information contact Pastor Vernon at Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, 480-895-6317 or Fred Cerutti at 480-415-8589

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UCC School of Americas Watch - Border Convergence
Oct
7
to Oct 10

UCC School of Americas Watch - Border Convergence

God loves beyond borders.

In the United Church of Christ we are called to an extravagant welcome of all God's children, no matter who they are or where they are on life's journey. At a time when the politics of fear and hate are overwhelming airwaves, people of faith are called to respond with love. Together we are working to build bridges, not walls.

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Mar
2
10:00am10:00am

TWELVE STEPS TO A MORE COMPASSIONATE LIFE

SUN LAKES UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 

 

PASTOR VERNON MEYER
WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 2, 9 AND 16 

10:00AM – 11:30AM 

Sun Lakes Chapel House  
9230 Sun Lakes Blvd 

 

We all wish for a better world, but we are either fearful of change or unsure of the path that will take us into a more peace filled world.  Karen Armstrong’s recent book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, sets out a path that might help us retrain our responses and enable us to form mental habits that are kinder, gentler, and less fearful of others. This series of presentations by Pastor Vernon will walk through Karen’s book with a study of compassion, empathy and mindfulness. For more information contact Pastor Vernon at 480-895-6317 

 

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Celebrating Black History Month
Feb
28
11:15am11:15am

Celebrating Black History Month

We welcome Renee Brooks and her presentation of Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist.  Desert Dance Theatre’s artistic directors, Marion Kirk Jones, Renee Davis, and Lisa R. Chow created Sister Moses, along with music director, John D. Anthony. The concept and much of the work was researched collaboratively with the help of Susan Smith, director of String Sounds (quartet). The script is embellished with traditional spirituals, slave songs and other music of that time around the Civil War Era. Since the production’s premiere at the Herberger Theater Center in January of 1993, Sister Moses has been performed in various sold out venues throughout the Phoenix area including: Chandler Center for the Arts, Gammage Auditorium, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, South Mountain Community College; and at several high schools. The company’s out of state performances include venues in Las Vegas, Nevada and Austin, Texas. Over 60,000 audience members of all ages have enjoyed the experience of Sister Moses. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman.

Renee will share with us her version of "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (or simply "Motherless Child"). It is a traditional Negro spiritual. It dates back to the era of slavery in the United States when it was common practice to sell children of slaves away from their parents. An early performance of the song dates back to the 1870s by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Like many traditional songs, it has many variations and has been recorded widely

 

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