Who We Are – Extravagantly Welcoming

We are a congregation that…

….welcomes extravagantly.

…is unapologetically progressive.

….seeks God’s justice in the world.

So what does that mean exactly?

First, we really do welcome all as fully part of the body of Christ: people who are sure of their faith and people who have lots of questions, members of the LGBT community and their allies, newcomers and old friends. All really does mean all. Often, that welcome also includes food and coffee.

We are progressive, too. We’re figuring out what faith looks like in the 21st century. We’re figuring out what question we can ask together. We’re listening for the ways God continues to speak.

And we’re seeking God’s justice. We’re worried about seeking the things God wants in the world right now and the things that Jesus was really clear about: feeding someone who is hungry, giving shelter to someone who needs it, loving our neighbors in real, tangible ways.

Come, check out who we are for yourself.

From Our Pastor

In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus says a few different times, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” I like to think of that “at hand” part like lying in bed, all toasty and warm, and really wanting something just out of your reach. I’m one of those people who will do everything possible to avoid getting out of bed to get that thing, whatever it is and end up stretching and reaching in all sorts of ways, trying to get there. Sometimes my fingers brush that thing, but getting a good hold never does. It’s always just in reach and just out of grasp–“at hand,” if you will. The reign of God, the things that God wants for this world, are breaking in, they’re coming, but we’re still waiting. Sometimes, we’re brushing right up against those things; other times, those things of the reign of God are only a distant vision.

As church at our best, we are living in that brushing right up against the very reign of God part of “the kingdom at heaven is at hand.” I came to Chalice Christian Church in February of 2013 because we share that vision that the reign of God isn’t something we wait for but something we live into–a community that loves all our neighbors, a community that cares for the poor, a community where God’s reign is breaking in more fully each day.

This journey that Chalice and I are on together is wonderful, and crazy, and God-filled. You’re welcome to come walk with us.

peace–Rev. Abigail

Staff

Pastor

Rev. Abigail Conley became our pastor in February 2013. She served Disicples of Christ churches in Atlanta and Kansas City before moving to the Phoenix area. Abby holds a bachelors degree in English from Milligan College and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She loves horror movies, Stephen King novels, playing Settlers of Catan, and other wonderfully geeky things. You can check out her blog if you like.

Music Director & Keyboard

Originally from the Midwest, Kelly Pearson graduated with a bachelors of music in piano performance from Wartburg College. In 2000, Kelly moved to Arizona and began teaching piano privately at The Music Store. She became the keyboardist at Chalice in 2003 and is currently serving as the Music Director as well. On Sundays, you will find her at the piano playing and leading congregational singing, along with her husband Scotty on Guitar. Their two cute kids are usually nearby.

Guitar, Scott Pearson

Administrative Assistant, Liz Nelson

Affiliations

CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

… a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

“We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.” Disciples of Christ Statement of Identity

CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN ARIZONA

… one of 31 Regions in the United States and Canada

Regions exist to cultivate growth in congregations by demonstrating true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice, as called for in Micah 6:8. Regions also educate and empower congregations to become healthy and vital living witnesses to the love, justice and grace of God through Jesus Christ, as is called for in Acts 2:43-47.

WEEK OF COMPASSION

Disciples’ emergency response around the world. Click here to learn more.

Week of Compassion will be your hands and feet when you wish you could do something to help in times of crisis. Through WOC you were there after Katrina hit New Orleans, during recovery from the earthquake which devastated Haiti, and you are working right now in Japan’s recovery efforts and in Joplin, MO and other Midwestern sites ravaged by tornados.

OPEN AND AFFIRMING MINISTRY

LGBTQ+ Alliance (Alliance Q)

Chalice is an Open & Affirming Ministry where all persons are welcome regardless of sexual or gender identity. All are free to become as engaged in the ministries and activities of the church as they wish, and may seek leadership roles as they feel called. Click on the link above for more information on Open & Affirming Ministry.