Spiritual Development


First Church UCC offers many opportunities throughout the year for Spiritual Development. One can never stop growing in an understanding of the mystery we call God. We celebrate several different “theologies” or ways of understanding God, Jesus and our place in the world as people of faith. We focus on liberation, womanist and process theologies.

On Sunday morning we offer what we call “Lectio Divina & Visio Dei” at 9:30 am. We share in the three assigned Scripture readings for the week, meditating in quiet around the community flame and finding new meaning in the ancient writings of the Hebrew and Christian testaments. In addition, we spend some time with sacred art that reflects the theme of the day. It is a very rich and life deepening experience.

Other spiritual development opportunities are offered throughout the week and vary in theme and focus. Please call the church office, check out our Facebook or go to First Church website to check out the most current offerings.

Always keep in mind: Wherever you are at on life’s journey, you are ALWAYS WELCOME HERE AT FIRST CHURCH!


First Church UCC is dedicated to spiritual growth and development of the individual and the community. We do this by offering several ways for you to connect and engage as you take the next step on your spiritual path.

  • Spiritual Development Classes – Every Thursday morning at 9:00 and evening at 7:00 we have classes, led by our staff pastors and lay leaders, to help you deepen in your relationship with God as you understand God. Every Sunday morning at 9:15, Pastor James leads a meditative class on the scripture passage used for reflection later that morning in our 10:30 worship. All are welcome and classes are free.

  • Meditation Groups – Interested in being part of a group that regularly meditates together? First Church hosts groups that meet for just that purpose. Take a look at our calendar to find one that fits for you. Also, if you have a few friends who want to start a meditation group, let us know and we’ll find space and leadership for you! (church office email here)
  • Spiritual Direction – Spiritual direction is the practice of examining your life and experiences for a deeper connection with God. First Church UCC is proud to have the Phoenix Center for Spiritual Direction located on our campus. Founded and run by an experienced spiritual director and teacher, Rev. Teresa Blythe, this center offers one-on-one sessions to help you explore and process your spiritual experiences and questions in life. From time to time we also offer group spiritual direction so you can connect with others who are on a spiritual path. Individual spiritual direction sessions with Rev. Blythe are by appointment (email [email protected]) and cost $60 per monthly session---with a sliding scale offered if you need it. Group spiritual direction sessions – offered periodically here at First Church -- are free and available to anyone who wishes to drop in. Check our calendar for dates and times. For more information about the nature and practice of spiritual direction, visit www.phoenixspiritualdirectioncom
  • Discernment Coaching – First Church UCC seeks to constantly discover God’s desire for our faith community. Rev. Teresa Blythe regularly leads discernment groups around important questions facing our church. Discernment simply means “faithful choices,” and Rev. Blythe is experienced in leading processes that bring prayer, contemplation, fact-finding and discussion together to help our Administrative Council navigate changes and growth in our congregation. If you would like to be a part of these 5-week processes, contact Teresa at [email protected]


First Church UCC

1407 N Second Street
PhoenixAZ 85004
 (602) 258-6891
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Service Times

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
with Pastor James Pennington

Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday

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