Right now, we do not have “in person” events as we are honoring both public health guidelines as well as those in our midst who are higher risk for contracting COVID. We pray that we are able to resume “in person” events as soon as it is logistically possible.


Tuesday, August 25 // 6:30p join us using this link.

Be/Still, our monthly contemplative prayer gathering, will be continuing online and we are shifting the format. Our goal is for it to be a shared time in quiet and listening. So, as you enter the time, you will be invited to quiet your heart and be present to God’s presence with you. We will have a short reading/quiet meditation on Scripture followed by a 20 minute time of Centering Prayer. At the end, we will leave the space quietly and bless one another as we go. There are times for a more talkative connection with one another and our heart for Be/Still is to protect this space from talking and chatting so that we can be present to God with one another. The time of our gathering will be approximately 35 minutes.

ON HOLD: Canaan in the Desert Prayer Garden, Chapel – 9849 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Check back for updates about ONLINE Be/Still and possibility for resuming our gatherings at Canaan in the Desert.

To get on our email list for reminders about Be/Still – click here.

Upcoming Be/Still – September 29, October 20

Pastors and Ministry Leaders Gathering

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 // 11:30am – 1:00pm

A time to share what we are noticing in this season and how we can take care of our souls as pastors and ministry leaders.

Hosted by Ted Wueste and Richard Parrish

Register by Friday, August 21 and we’ll provide lunch to the first 25 registrants (details to come) so we can enjoy a meal together.

Use this link to register for the event: https://sfsaz.breezechms.com/form/870c21

Helping Others Navigate Anxiety and Depression

 Saturday, September 12 // 9:00a-1:00p

Location: Online (link to join the event will be sent after registration)

Cost: $20 or pay what you can

In our current global circumstances anxiety and depression are skyrocketing as people are dealing with loss, uncertainty and confusion. In this webinar you will learn how to interact with and understand anxiety and depression. There can be many misunderstandings about mental health and you will leave this time better equipped to offer companionship for those in need and knowing how to direct others to receive further help they might need. This would be a great offering for ministry staff members!

Click here to register for the event.

Book Club: Dometic Monastery

 Mondays, September 14, 21 & 28 // 6:30p-7:30p

Location: Online (link to join the event will be sent after registration)

Cost: Free

The monastic movement began in the early centuries of the church and continues to this day. For many, a monastic way of living is very attractive. In this book, Rolheiser walks us through the ways that the poignant lessons of monastic living can be applied to our everyday lives in the midst of our domestic lives. During this pandemic, the observation has been made that quarantines, lockdowns, etc… mirror monastic living. Join us for this “timely” discussion.


Sept 7 – start reading- video introduction sent to your email

Sept 14 – chapters 1-3 (zoom)

Sept 21- chapters 4-7 (zoom)

Sept 28 – chapters 8-10 (zoom)

Click here to register for the event

Soul Care Day: An Ordinary Day with Jesus

 Wednesday, September 9 // 9:00a-12:00p

Location: Online (link to join the event will be sent after registration)

Cost: $20 suggested donation or whatever you can pay (free for SFSAZ members)

Facilitated by John DelHousaye and Ted Wueste

Jesus calls us to follow Him and watch how He lives. In this soul care day, Ted and John will lead you through a time of experiencing an ordinary day with Jesus. As we simply follow Him and live like Him, our souls are shaped to be like Him and we find rest. This time will include times of reflecting on Scripture, prayer, personal reflection, and sharing. 

Click here to register for the event.  

Taking Up Our Cross, Suffering, and the Journey Home 

A Workshop on the Journeys of Ascent and Descent

Saturday, September 19, 2020 // 9:00a-12:00p  

Location: Online (link to join the event will be sent after registration)

Cost: $20 suggested donation or whatever you can pay (free for SFSAZ members)

In this workshop, we will look at the different ways that Jesus calls us to follow Him based on where we find ourselves in life. For those whose lives have been marked by descent (abuse, suffering, hurt), He says: your sins are forgiven or take up your mat and walk. For those whose lives have been marked by ascent, Jesus says: take up your cross or lay down your life. We’ll map out what these look like and you’ll be challenged to discover how Jesus might be leading you forward.

Click here to register for the event.  

Discovering the Enneagram

Saturday, October 3

Location: TBD

Learn about the Enneagram and receive personalized coaching. Group will be limited.

Registration coming soon.  

Spiritual Formation and Race

Friday, October 30, 2020 // 6:30p

Location: TBD

Ted Wueste and John Talley ( Executive Pastor, Roosevelt Community Church) will share regarding the concept of our formation in Christ and the issue of race. Sharing personal stories as well as what the Scriptures say, our heart is to give some theological and practical context to the movement for change in our world. We will also have a time of question and response.

Registration coming soon.  

24 Hour Silent Prayer Retreat

November 6-7

Location: TBD

Registration coming soon.

2021 events:

  • February 5-6: SFSAZ Annual Conference (see below)
  • April: Wilderness Pilgrim Retreat
  • August: Formational Leader Retreat

2021 Annual Conference

Hearing God’s Voice with plenary presentations from Dr. Susan Currie, Dr. Neal Siler, and Dr. Ted Wueste

We desire deeply to hear God’s voice in our lives. The Scriptures call us to listen. How do we do that? How do we know if we are hearing God’s voice? What are the roadblocks and pathways to a listening life? 

6 plenary sessions, worship and prayer, over 10 workshops, and the opportunity to connect with others. 

Feb 5-6, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is a great conference for spiritual directors, pastors, ministry leaders, and anyone who has a desire to live a “listening life.”

Click here for more information and to register.