Resources for the Journey

Below are some resources for your spiritual journey. We hope they are helpful and encouraging and spark new awareness of what God’s Holy Spirit may be doing in your life!

Also check out the organizations we support and serve on our “Serving Together” page.

Presbyterian resources to enhance your spiritual journey:

  • PC(USA) Planning Calendar — add the PC(USA) planning calendar to your electronic or online calendar so you can stay up on lectionary readings and happenings around the denomination (currently only on iCal and Outlook).
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) — also regularly referred to as the PC(USA), our denominational website. Discover more of what we are about, what we believe, and what we are doing in the world.
  • PC(USA) News Service — Subscribe now to receive current denominational news right to your email inbox! A great way to keep up.
  • The Presbyterian Outlook — an independent publication devoted to the promotion of free discussion of issues confronting the PC(USA).
  • Presbyterians Today — an award winning monthly magazine about all things Presbyterian, published by the PC(USA).
  • Synod of the Southwest — comprised of four presbyteries spanning the states of Arizona and New Mexico with over 35,000 members in 164 churches and 14 chapels, serving as a connectional resource to these presbyteries particularly in leadership development.
  • The Presbytery of Grand Canyon — the website for our regional council that covers northern Arizona.
  • The Book of Confessions of the PC(USA) &mdash a downloadable version of part I of our denomination’s constitution with statements of Christian faith through various times, in various places, and in response to various circumstances.
  • The Book of Order of the PC(USA) &mdash a downloadable version of part II of our denomination’s constitution, outlining the order and structure of our governance.
  • The PC(USA) Seal — an explanation of all the symbology in the great seal of the PC(USA), located in the right end of the banner at the top of our website.
  • San Francisco Theological Seminary — one of ten seminaries related to the PC(USA). Since its humble begin­ning in 1871, San Francisco Theological Seminary has played an important role in shaping a future in tune with God’s purposes in the world. By engaging students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, friends, congre­gations and other church entities, we respond to the opportunities and challenges facing the Church of Jesus Christ by preparing faith leaders to serve in churches and in the community. .
  • Spiritual Formation Office of the Presbyterian Church — a great resource for spiritual formation through the PC(USA). You may also want to check out their newsletter: HungryHearts.
  • Covenant Network of Presbyterians — a network of Presbyterians working to to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ, with the help of God’s grace, through the further inclusion of LGBTQ persons, and by working for the unity of the PC(USA).
  • More Light Presbyterians (MLP) — a network of people seeking the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • National Council of Churches USA — Since its founding in 1950, the NCC has been the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC’s member faith groups—from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches—include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
  • World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) — a fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches in 107 countries. Its member churches are Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and United churches with roots in the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. WARC has a small secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

Arizona Resources:

  • Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) — a nonprofit social service organization that helps families and individuals who are in need, from before birth to age 100+. The agency’s mission is to empower our community members to address basic needs to live with dignity, self-reliance, and optimum health.
  • Arizona Ecumenical Council — provides opportunities for all Christian churches to pray and work together for the unity of the church and the common good.
  • Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology — a network of individuals and groups who welcome opportunities to explore progressive religious ideas through lectures, dialogue and in-depth reflection. AZFCT hosts many events across the Phoenix valley each year with world-renowned progressive theologians. Sign up for their email announcements!
  • Local First Arizona — a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.

Camps, Conference, and Retreat Centers:

  • Montlure Presbyterian Church Camp — a beautiful place in the White Mountains of Arizona for all to find and grow in their faith in Jesus Christ, owned and operated by the Presbyteries of the Grand Canyon (northern Arizona) and de Cristo (southern Arizona).
  • Ghost Ranch Conference Center — a national Presbyterian center for study, reflection and prayer in northern New Mexico.
  • Montreat Conference Center — a national Presbyterian center for study, reflection and prayer in North Carolina.

Resources on spirituality:

  • Gratefulness.org — provides education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic, inspired by the teachings of Br. David Steindl-Rast and colleagues.
  • Spiritual Directors International — a learning community committed to advancing spiritual direction around the world that provides programs, publications, and practices to support spiritual direction.
  • Spiritual Formation — a great resource for spiritual formation from the PC(USA).
  • The Center for Progressive Christianity — provides guiding ideas, networking opportunities, and resources for progressive churches, organizations, small groups, and individuals with connections to Christianity.
  • Christian Classic Library — an excellent resource from everything from St. John of the Cross to John Calvin and everything in-between.

Related to Prayer, Scripture and the Lectionary:

  • Pray-As-You-Go — by the Irish Jesuits provides daily readings with reflection, music and chants.
  • Lectio Divina — A free on-line newsletter jammed packed with contemplative tidbits.
  • Daily Lectionary Readings — daily scripture readings from the Year Book of Prayer of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and also available as an iPhone app and on the sidebar to the right.

Related to Communities of Prayer and Social Justice:

  • The Taizé Community — made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. By its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.
  • The Iona Community — founded in Glasgow and Iona in 1938 by George MacLeod, minister, visionary and prophetic witness for peace, in the context of the poverty and despair of the Depression. Iona is a tiny and beautiful Hebridean island off the west coast of Scotland, cradle of Christianity in Scotland, where in 563AD the Irish monk Columba (Columkille) established a monastic settlement. Today Iona remains a center for pilgrimage and tourism; the daily services of the Iona Community in the Abbey church and worship elsewhere on the island are open to all; many visitors come again and again.

Social Justice & Peacemaking:

  • The Center for Progressive Christianity — reaching out to those for whom organized religion has proved ineffectual, irrelevant, or repressive, as well as to those who have given up on or are unacquainted with it.
  • United Religions Initiative — an interfaith network promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
  • Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine & Israel — brings internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation. Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) provide protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitor and report human rights abuses and support Palestinians and Israelis working together for peace.
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