Tag Archives: Religion

April 21, 2019

Easter at City Square Church

A fully inclusive celebration of life that comes when we leave the things of death behind.

*Sunrise Service: 6AM at Central Park 140 E Tonto St (south of Primera Iglesia)

*Breakfast Potluck: 8:30AM at Primera Iglesia

*Easter Service: 10AM at Primera Iglesia

*Easter Egg Hunt for the kids after the 10AM Service

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunrise at Central Park

Join us for a simple service of word and table as we remember the promises of resurrection and new life.

April 7, 2019

City Square Church at the Phoenix Pride Parade

Join us in the 2019 Phoenix Pride Parade!

City Square Church proudly participates in the Phoenix Pride Parade every year.

Instead of our regular Sunday Service at Primera Iglesia on Sunday, April 7th, we will meet at 9:30 AM at 3rd Street and Windsor Ave (south of Thomas) and be in the Phoenix Pride Parade.

The parade starts at 10AM with check-in from 8-9:30AM.

The parade route ends at Steele Indian School Park. If you drive, you may want to start the day at the Camelback Park and Ride and take the light rail to Thomas. Then when the parade concludes, you can take the light rail back to your vehicle. If you live along the light rail route, the light rail is convenient for that day.

January 27, 2019

January Interfaith Series: Week 4

Each January Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany in memory of Magi from the East who, though not of our faith tradition, are forever woven into our most sacred story. It is in this spirit that City Square continues our annual Interfaith series, inviting leaders and practitioners from other traditions to share the teachings and practices that sustain them within their traditions and, in so doing, teach us more about how to be better practitioners of our own tradition!

January 20, 2019

January Interfaith Series: Week 3

Each January Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany in memory of Magi from the East who, though not of our faith tradition, are forever woven into our most sacred story. It is in this spirit that City Square continues our annual Interfaith series, inviting leaders and practitioners from other traditions to share the teachings and practices that sustain them within their traditions and, in so doing, teach us more about how to be better practitioners of our own tradition!

January 13, 2019

January Interfaith Series: Humanism with Serah Blain

Each January Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany in memory of Magi from the East who, though not of our faith tradition, are forever woven into our most sacred story. It is in this spirit that City Square continues our annual Interfaith series, inviting leaders and practitioners from other traditions to share the teachings and practices that sustain them within their traditions and, in so doing, teach us more about how to be better practitioners of our own tradition!

January 6, 2019

January Interfaith Series: Week 1

Each January Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany in memory of Magi from the East who, though not of our faith tradition, are forever woven into our most sacred story. It is in this spirit that City Square continues our annual Interfaith series, inviting leaders and practitioners from other traditions to share the teachings and practices that sustain them within their traditions and, in so doing, teach us more about how to be better practitioners of our own tradition!

April 1, 2018

Easter at City Square

Sunrise Service at Coronado Park at 6AM

Breakfast at Primera at 8:30AM

Worship at Primera at 10AM

A fully inclusive celebration of life that comes when we leave the things of death behind.

April 1, 2018

Easter Sunrise Service in Coronado

Building on Coronado tradition, City Square hosts our 4th Easter Sunrise Service in Coronado Park. Join us for a simple service of word and table as we remember the promises of resurrection and new life.

June 24, 2013

Phoenix, Faith, and Adaptive Reuse

One of the most interesting things about downtown and Central Phoenix is the practice of what’s called “adaptive reuse.” Arizona is one of our nation’s youngest states, meaning we don’t have a lot of old historic buildings. The ones we do have aren’t that historic by East Coast historic standards, but if something’s been around for a while, here in the desert, there’s a pretty big and vocal group of folks who do their best to preserve it. One of the ways they do this is to encourage reusing a building for a new purpose or business instead of bulldozing it for new construction. This has become a popular option for many locally owned restaurants and coffee shops that have brought new life to some of our older and unique buildings.

These projects are probably not as cost effective as demolishing the original building and then re-building, but they help maintain some uniqueness and history in a metro area infamously known for it’s urban blight and whitewashed urban sprawl. In fact, as I write this, I’m sitting in the new indoor seating area of Shine Coffee, here in midtown Phoenix. This is what they call their “living room,” which is a redesigned and repurposed space in an older building that once served as a dentist’s office where the dentist and his family lived upstairs. It’s one of the most comfortable coffee shop seating areas I’ve experienced and the environment is helping spur my thinking and creativity. There are also plans to add a “pocket park” space outside and plans for a wine bar in another vacant part of the building. It’s things like adaptive reuse that makes Phoenix attractive to creatives who think outside of the box and see possibility in an old vacant building or empty lot and not another opportunity to build a Dunkin’ Donuts.

As I’ve been reflected on our first year of existence, in a way it feels like City Square Church as been an adaptive reuse project. We’ve taken something (religion), that many thought had already made it’s statement, had fallen into disrepair, and by all means should probably be demolished because it doesn’t have much left to offer the world. We’ve taken those bones and we’re trying to breathe new life into them. Our vision has been to preserve the beauty, the uniqueness, and to tap in to what Christianity was originally supposed to be, while at the same time re-invigorating it with new possibilities.

There’s a lot about church that we’ve held on to. We still have small groups that do bible study, encourage accountability, and whose members pray for one another. We’re putting the finishing touches on our Sunday morning service that has the bones of thousands of other Christian worship services, including great music, preaching, and holy communion. We’re proclaiming our love of God and of neighbor and reclaiming that early Methodist spirit of a church not bound by walls and a faith that is personal but equally social.

We came downtown, though, not just to build another church, but because we saw some pretty great things beginning to break through the surface: The arts, the food, ASU, entrepreneurs, community organizing, and exciting new development. Our intention has never been to fix or to rescue Phoenix, but to help in the work that’s already being done. Yet, what we felt might be missing is a public space for faith and spirituality that was as unique and exciting about everything else going on in the core of Phoenix. Well, after a year on the ground we feel like our assumptions were correct.

We’ve met all kinds of people in the community who never thought they would ever explore the topics of faith and spirituality ever again, outside of their own thoughts or private conversations. These are folks who now gather to discuss religion and spirituality every second Sunday evening of the month at Angel’s Trumpet Ale House and those who come to our “Community & Contemplation” service at the Icehouse to be led in a “spiritual but not religious” form of prayer and meditation. Then there are those who have joined us for one of our Sunday morning worship services and confessed that they never thought they would willingly attend a service ever again in their lives. Many folks may still never attend one of our groups or services, but we’ve heard from those who feel that our work has enabled them to re-claim Jesus from a judgmental and hurtful past.

But like any old building, even though you’ve given it new plumbing, electrical, structure, and a face lift, it can still have unexpected issues and needed repairs. It also needs to live in to it’s new vision and purpose. And this will be our work for our second year as a church. There will be some unexpected quirks and growing pains. There will be new choices, challenges, and opportunities placed in front of us. There will be temptation to fall back into old habits and to focus inward on ourselves. Yet, if we remain faithful to God’s call and the spirit’s work in the community, we will remain, facing outward, ready to serve those who are not a part of us. We will not see them as strangers or as things to be collected, but as neighbors and partners in the work that lies ahead. May we do so in the name of the one who came to lay his own life down for others and calls us to do the same. Amen.