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Mask Mandate in Schools

By Meredith Joubert, member, DSC Conference Board of Church & Society On July 27, 2021, Governor Ducey signed legislation that bans mask mandates for Arizona schools. This ban has fueled a debate between the value of individual freedoms over the collective good....

Webinar: Digital Ministry Mission Fields You Have Never Considered and How to Get There

Live webinar offered through United Theological Seminary’s new innovation center for you and your team!

An Important Message from the Bishop Regarding the Boy Scouts of America

The UMC is currently the largest faith community of chartering organizations serving the Boy Scouts of America program, and many of our churches in the DSC have scouting ministries. This letter shares important information as well as guidance and direction for the congregations of the DSC.

August 25, 2021 IMPORTANT UPDATE on COVID-19

Generally, in our culture of rugged individualism, one often thinks and acts in terms of “What is best for me?” Paul encourages us to look beyond self to others: “What is good for all?” Now, the safety of many is in our hands.

Conference Staff Transitions

It is with deep personal sadness and great joy that we announce the upcoming retirement of two Conference staff persons, Cynthia Satchel, Pension & Health Benefits Officer, and Dale Cook, Assistant Treasurer. As of September 1, 2021, both long-time staffers will...

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North District Lay Leaders

North District Lay Leaders

We do ministry as team, as cohorts, as co-servants. Our annual church/charge conferences are a testament to this way and method of ministry. In our local church conferences, we meet as a covenantal team aligned toward a vision, ministry, and call.

New Pastors in the East District

Rev. Paul Cho - First UMC Tempe - Tempe, AZ Rev. Paul Cho is from South Korea, the son of a Korean Methodist Pastor. He and his family immigrated to the United Stated in 1986, settling in Tempe, AZ. Paul received his undergraduate degree in computer science and, in...



by Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Missional Strategist and Superintendent “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.” ~Mark 2:22~...

Our Lives Are Like Woven Tapestries

Our Lives Are Like Woven Tapestries

Are we really appreciative of the beautiful works of tapestries and rugs we see displayed in museums? Some were originally displayed on the floors of palaces…and, of course, now can be seen on the Antiques Roadshow! They were crafted centuries ago…but, beware, some were copied and created recently then promoted as original works.

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