Jim Dambauld, Wally Lawder, Suzy Ronstadt

Nancy McCallion and Danny Krieger

Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Orey

Holly Near

Common Ground on the Border Staff

Happy Traum


 Bonnie and Taylor Sims

Scattered Grass

Javarita Coffeehouse

The Coffeehouse is held one Friday each month, starting at 7pm at The Good Shepherd UCC (17750 S. La Canada in Sahuarita).  This year we will have the added attraction of two concerts during our Common Ground on the Border program in March.

Tickets can be purchased on t he night of the concert, at the door for $10 to $20 (depending on the show), or, a season pass can be purchased for $90.00 per person for all 8 shows.  This is an all-volunteer organization and a ministry of The Good Shepherd UCC dedicated to supporting and enjoying live acoustic music.  Questions?  Contact Randy Mayer at 625-1375.

See the 17th Annual Javarita Coffeehouse Concert Series

Oct 20:  Wally Lawder and Friends.  Wally is both a romantic, a social critic, and an award winning song writer.  His unique style of “folk-fusion,” and quiet lyricism heightened by his gifts as a guitarist bring great pleasure to audiences.   Tickets $10 


Nov 17:  Nancy McCallion and Danny Krieger are well known for their extensive repertoires of original music steeped in the traditions of Ireland, Appalachia, and Traditional Americana.  They have toured  nationally and internationally.   Tickets $10


Dec 8:  Under the Mistletoe with Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey are a dynamic duo, a perfect blend of hot jazz, sultry blues & cabaret.  Otey's piano and vocals are hot and steamy. Van Deurzen sings sweetly. Together they blend like a musical cappuccino with extra foam on top.,  Tickets $10


Jan 12: Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist.  An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity.   Tickets $20


Jan 13:  Common Ground on the Border Staff.  Enjoy a variety of  performances from Jesse Palidofsky, Walt Michael, Pablo Peregrina, Ted Ramirez, Lisa and Diane Van Deurzen-Otey and more.  Playing the blues, country, old time, Mariachi –you name it—it will happen. We’ll also enjoy hearing and seeing students from the Common Ground Classes.  Tickets $10


Feb 9:  Happy Traum.   Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene 1954-1971 is a night of beautiful songs, great guitar and plenty of stories from Happy.   Tickets $20.00


Mar 9:  Bonnie and Taylor Sims are a musical couple that make their home in the Rocky Mountains.  They are both stellar musicans and award winning songwriters that keep the Americana tradition burning bright.  Tickets $10


April 13: Scattered Grass. Talented veteran musicians from all over the country finally come together in  Tucson to create great hard-driving traditional bluegrass and gospel music in the style of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Kenny Baker, Osborne Brothers, Larry Sparks & others.   Tckets $10


The Good  Shepherd Patio Sale

The 2018 Patio Sale will be held on March 2 and 3rd.  Please start saving you lightly used clothing, home goods, jewelry, furniture, yard items and so on.


Remember one's person's trash is another person's treasure.

Common Ground on the Border

Common Ground on the Border & Border Issues Fair is a two-day event, featuring classes in art, music and a variety of lectures. The US-Mexico Borderlands have always been a beautiful mix of culture, language, cuisine, economies and people. It has also been a place of struggle, high and low temperatures, a fragile environment, and the push and pull of immigration. Common Ground on the Border is a unique gathering where the deep artistic and cultural roots of the Borderlands are lifted up and conversation is created that bring us across borders and move us to common ground.

Common Ground on the Border is presented in cooperation and partnership with Common Ground on the Hill. For the past 23 years, Common Ground on the Hill has gathered in Westminster, Maryland, and other locations as a multicultural community of musicians, artists, writers, lecturers, actors, and dancers, sharing skills with students of all ages and with one another. In this way, we believe that we all can improve ourselves, our communities and our world as we meet, share and celebrate our arts and cultures on "common ground."

We are delighted to offer this 5th edition of Common Ground on the Border. Our planning team has energetically approached the work of stabilizing and growing this very important gathering. We hope to see you in January!

Click here for the brochure  with class schedules.

Click here for Registration form

Future Progressive Theology Seminars

The Rev. Gretta Vosper is a United Church of Canada minister who is an atheist. Her books include With or Without God: Why The Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe in 2008, and Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief in 2012. She has also published three books of poetry and prayers.

Vosper is a graduate of Mount Allison University, and received her master of divinity from Queen's Theological College in 1990 with ordination in 1992. She has been a minister with West Hill United Church in Toronto since 1997. Gretta Vosper is also founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity.

Gretta Vosper will be with us February 16-17, 2018.

We would enjoy having a few additional members to help with the planning and hosting for the February event.

Please contact Ed Hunt at if you can offer a few hours of support. Thank you.

Click here for the registration form.

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution and the widely influential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening Her other books include A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story, nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith. Diana regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues.

Diana will be with us in the spring of 2019.