WHO WE ARE
Church of the Beatitudes is a progressive Christian Phoenix community of faith-keeping and faith-seeking people grounded in stories and truths contained in the scriptures. We are open to insights and interpretations of God revealed to us through new experiences, different faiths and diverse cultures.
Our purpose is to provide opportunities for the formation of Christian disciples through worship and spiritual enrichment, to offer the education and training for this discipleship and to encourage the practice of this discipleship in the world.
We are an Open and Affirming Congregation. Church of the Beatitudes affirms that every person has worth as a unique creation made in the image of God. We recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of the Church persons of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability and economic status.
Church of the Beatitudes was formed in 1954, and is located in north central Phoenix. Since the beginning, under the able leadership of Rev. Dr. Culver "Bill" Nelson, Church of the Beatitudes has had a history of caring for those who are on the edges of our culture and community, finding ways to bring service and hope to people who have been without. It is the bedrock upon which we stand.
During the Church's first years, worship was held in Bud Brown's Barn, a local landmark and gathering spot. Sunday morning at Bud Brown's Barn was fun; we had to move all the furniture into a small room that had a tin roof on it, and if it rained, you couldn't hear a word of the sermon. The men picked up the spinet organ each week, delivered it to the barn, moved tables, set up chairs and the altar and church were then ready. After the service, everything would be dismantled. It was the uniqueness of it that brought us all together. Even though many in the congregation did not know each other before the beginning of the Church, we came together and had a wonderful time along with praising God. About 110 people showed up that first Sunday morning.
Church of the Beatitudes is dedicated to serving the community, locally and globally. In 1962, following a visit by Dr. Nelson to a typical and substandard nursing home at the time, the Church began construction of the Beatitudes Campus, a full-service continuing care retirement community offering residential and health care services for more than 600 senior adults. It is a place where people can live, learn and grow through all phases of life.
In 1981, the Church initiated another outreach ministry, Duet: Partners in Health and Aging, a non-profit interfaith organization to serve homebound elders, adults with physical disabilities, family caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and faith communities seeking to better serve their members and others in need.
WHAT IT MEANS
...to be a
progressive Christian community:
We are an intentionally inclusive community. We recognize the sacred with in all people, as each one of us is a beloved child of God.
As people of faith, we recognize our call to work for justice in our world. Explore the many ways that we seek to serve our world.
We recognize that families come in many shapes, sizes, and configurations. We celebrate the ways through which God's love is shared with those we call family.
We recognize that we are all on a sacred journey. We commit to travel respectfully and in support of our fellow journeyers.
We believe that there are many paths to God including, but not exclusively, through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.