Life Long Learning classes in December continue online

To connect to these online classes, visit our Bridges page!

Current Issues & Faith, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Facilitated by Kay Klinkenborg.
Dec. 1-15: “J.E.S.U.S.A” DVD. An in-depth exploration of the relationship between Christianity and American nationalism and the violence that often emerges from it. Some featured speakers: Diana Butler Bass, Fr. John Dear, and Dwight Ford.
Dec. 22, 29: Will continue with DVDs and discussion regarding racism, white fragility, etc.

Jump Start, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Facilitated by John Durbin.
Prep for Sunday Sermon with Scripture/Discussion.

Spiritual Growth, Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month, when class meets 11:00 a.m.-noon.
Facilitated by Kay Klinkenborg.
Dec. 2: “Reshaping Religious Imagination for Humanity” DVD. Applying the new science/cosmology to our understanding of God, the universe and its implications for worship, prayer and liturgy.
Dec. 9-30: “The Divine Feminine: Its Place in Our Lives” and “God, Women and the World: A New Way To Tell The Story,” by Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB. Part of a series: “The Human Spirit and the Times We Live In.” Chittister explores how owning the feminine can deepen our connection to all of life and all people, discovering we have new eyes with which to see and new ears to hear.

Cosmic Christians, Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Facilitated by Linette Stenberg. Discussion of the book “Begin Again” by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. The author examines the writings of James Baldwin and his impact on challenging racism in the USA.

Doing Grief in Real Life: Ministry Program at Church of the Palms UCC

A new ministry program is being offered by Palms member Shea Darian, a grief educator and spiritual director who teaches holistic grieving as a life-skill to help you heal your grief – past, present and future. Whoever you are and no matter what types of losses you harbor, Shea offers a new way to think about grief and grieving that will help you learn to use your grief as a life force for healing.

Initially, this ministry will be conducted primarily online due to Covid-19 and will be on a first-come first-served basis. Members and friends of Church of the Palms are invited to participate in one or all of the following offerings: 

The Healing Circle: Sacred Listening Small Groups

Healing Circles are confidential small group encounters to explore personal grief and healing by engaging in a contemplative conversation with three or four others. More than a support group, Healing Circles provide an opportunity for participants to share personal stories of loss, grief and healing. Interludes of quiet contemplation create a deep listening experience that a past participant describes as an “expanded form of listening” in which “the listening and sharing give each in the circle profound energy, joy, gratitude and an expanded connection with being human.”

Small groups meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. Participants commit to 4-5 sessions at a time. Dates and times depend on participants’ preferences and availability as groups are formed.

One-on-One Spiritual Care

For those who prefer one-on-one sharing, Shea is available as a listening companion – biweekly, monthly or on an occasional basis. If this seems like a better fit for you, contact Shea to schedule a time to ask questions and get more information.

Educational Offerings

This fall, Shea will offer a talk and workshop on holistic grieving – based on her Model of Adaptive Grieving Dynamics (Illness, Crisis & Loss, Vol. 22, 2014). Shea’s model illustrates four types of responses to grief that are essential for healing grief-related suffering. These dynamic four are Lamenting, Heartening, Tempering and Integrating. Together, they can serve as your compass to navigate all kinds of losses, and help you become more aware of your preferences, strengths and growing edges as a griever and a healer. Check back for dates and times.

Grief-striking losses come in many forms: death, illness, injury, family dysfunction, conflict, injustice, addiction, loneliness, trauma, social or political ills… Grief can descend in good times, too. It’s so mixed up with love and happiness, it can impact us even when it seems we have nothing to grieve. If you are interested in participating or have further questions, please contact Shea at or 602.315.8480.

Educational and spiritual growth opportunities

The Church of the Palms offers several educational opportunities to assist folks in their spiritual journeys.

Most in-person events are suspended during the pandemic. Please see the Bridges page for how to connect online.

Events are subject to cancellation; please confirm with the church office 623.977.8359.

Current Issues & Faith

“How to be an Antiracist,” Ibram X. Kendi DVD. Facilitator Kay Klinkenborg. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m

Cosmic Christians

“Begin Again,” book by Eddie Glaude. Facilitator Linette Stenberg. Thursday, Nov. 5, 10:00 a.m.

Jump Start

Prep for Sunday Sermon with Scripture/Dialogue. Facilitator John Durbin. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 4:00 p.m.

Spiritual Growth Class

“The Naked Now: How to See as the Mystics See.” Facilitator Kay Klinkenborg. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.


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Continental-style breakfasts follow a speaker and program. Bring a friend or neighbor. Freewill offerings accepted to defray the cost.

JACK EVANS PRESENTS: The Palms’ monthly film

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Lifelong Learning – Mondays

Your Board of Lifelong Learning offers a class for ones who are wondering what it is that we call “Progressive Christianity” and/or might be questioning the things you were taught as a youngster. What are we “supposed” to believe? Would you like to explore all those questions you have with others who are asking similar questions? If so, you are invited to attend our new class offering, “LIVING THE QUESTIONS.”

This class is taught by Linette Stenberg on Mondays from 11:30 am to 1 pm. We watch and discuss the presentations on the DVD “Living the Questions” You’ll receive a handout packet of information about the content of the DVD and a bibliography of books that might interest you.

Memory and Faith Project Dementia Care and Education

Wednesday, March 13, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered if someone you love is facing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? Have you wondered how you might help the individual or family as they faced this?

Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and facing its many challenges, feeling alone, stressed, or experiencing burnout?

The Church of the Palms’ Faith Health Ministry is pleased to be one of the churches participating in the Dementia Care and Education Memory and Faith Project, an educational project designed to provide education and resources to churches across Arizona. The program is being offered in churches with the goal being to mobilize and educate faith communities, increasing awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and supporting those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

The Church of the Palms’ Faith Health Ministry will be participating in this project by hosting a series of five educational sessions. The programs are aimed at identifying signs of dementia, providing a support system incorporating family, friends and the faith community, and to assist caregivers in their difficult task. Topics being addressed in the series of programs include:

    • The ABC’s of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    • Is it Alzheimer’s or Natural Aging
    • Brain Tune-up
    • Nutrition and Prevention of Alzheimer’s
    • Memory Screening

The first session will be held at the Church of the Palms on Wednesday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m. A second session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10. The remaining sessions will be held in the fall after the summer travelers have returned. United Church of Sun City will be hosting sessions during the same time frame, allowing interested individuals to “make-up” a missed session.

New Member Information Session and Meet & Greet

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 3:30 pm in King Hall.

This session includes a brief presentation about The Church of the Palms, where we came from, and, most importantly, where we are going!

A delicious homemade dinner will be served after the presentation.

New members will be welcomed into the church on Sunday, December 2nd during worship.

This invitation is extended by the Evangelism and Growth Board to all visitors (whether new or long-time regular visitors).

The sign-up sheet is now on the opportunity table in the narthex.