Progressive Lecture series  



Progressive Theology Seminar

The Good Shepherd is welcoming Diana Butler Bass on Friday evening, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, 2018.   Read more below.


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 (HarperOne, 2015) and the widely influential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012). Her latest book is Gratitude: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks.


Diane writes at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR.


From 1995 to 2000, she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She is a contributing editor for Sojourners Magazine has written widely in the religious press, including Christian Century, Clergy Journal, and Congregations.


Dr. Butler Bass is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The General Theological Seminary in New York. She also serves on the board of Public Religion Research and is an advisor on the project for a National Museum of American Religion in Washington, D.C.


Additionally, Dr. Butler Bass has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary in subjects ranging from church history, American religious history, history of Christian thought, to religion and politics, religion and race, and congregational studies.



Diana Butler Bass will be our guest for the progressive theology seminar Friday, Feb. 22 and Sat. Feb. 23.


Friday night: 7 P.M.    Grateful:  From Private Feeling to a New Path for Community


Saturday morning 9 A.M. Grateful:  A Counter-Cultural Way of Life


Saturday morning 11 A.M. Radical Gratitude:  A Way of Resilience and Resistance


Lectures will explore the surprising complexity of thanksgiving, how we understand gratitude, how we practice it, and why it is so important in these difficult days.  Diana's book, Grateful will be available for purchase.


Registration will be $60 for both Friday and Saturday;  $20 - Friday night ,  $40 - Saturday.


Click here for the Registration form.  Please fill out one form per person or per couple. 




Women's Retreat

You are invited to register for this event where you will experience a weekend of comfort, camaraderie and private time designed to inspire mindfulness and evoke playful spirits as we encounter the divine feminine within. 

Gail Frank, Carol St. John, and Rebecca McElfresh will lead this retreat on March 15th through the 17th at the historic Kenyon Ranch in Tubac.  This beautiful location, with 360 degree views will enhance our experiences together. 

The $425 cost of the retreat includes 2 nights lodging, 6 meals, all programing and supplies. 

Brochures are available on the table in the narthex or you can contact Gail at (503) 801-1238,  Carol at (520) 398-8574, or Rebecca at (440) 376-6651

Click here to download a brochure and registration form.







Katia Cardenal 

Sparkey and Ronda Rucker



Cielo de Mexico



Tish Hinojosa


Common Ground on the Border Community

Tommy and Saundra Sullivan




Amber Norgaard, Sabra Faulk & Friends


Pablo Peregrina

Javarita Coffeehouse

The Javarita Coffeehouse series is the best kept secret and bargain in the Santa Cruz Valley.  Held one Friday each month, starting at 7pm at  The Good Shepherd UCC (17750 S. La Canada in Sahuarita). 

Tickets can be purchased on t e night of the concert, at the door for $10 to $20 (depending on the show) or a season pass can be purchased for $70.00 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 18th Annual Javarita Coffeehouse Concert Series

Oct 12:  Katia Cardenal Katia is arguably the most prominent female musician in Nicaraguan history.  Accompanied by her daughter Nina, they will sing uplifting songs of compassion, ecology and social justice.  Katia's music reminds us that love and beauty are not only possible but essential for survival. Tickets $10 


Nov 9:  Sparkey and Ronda Rucker are are seasoned performers that are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.   

Tickets $10


Dec 14:   Mariachi Christmas with Cielo de Mexico.  In Arizona there is no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than to experience a Mariachi group singing Feliz Navidad and traditional Posada music.  Cielo de Mexico is Southern Arizona’s premier mariachi group with breathtaking arrangements and one of a kind vocalization, truly the next generation in mariachi evolution.  Tickets $10


January 18: Tish Hinojosa.  Critics and audiences have long sung the praises of Tish Hinojosa in at least two languages.  An appealing yet eclectic singer/songwriter, she has forged a unique and admirable style  located somewhere between her Mexican roots, Texas upbringing, and her years as a Nashville tunesmith.   Tickets $15


January 19:  Common Ground on the Border Community Concert. Enjoy a variety of performances from staff and students that have created the     Common Ground community.  Expect everything from drumming, the blues, country, old time, Mariachi –you name it—it will happen.   A great conclusion to an amazing week.    Tickets $10


February 8:  Tommy and Saundra Sullivan.   Acclaimed as "one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland" and "a stellar guitarist", Tommy O'Sullivan and his wife Saundra have become one of the best examples of what Irish folk should be. They hail from Dingle, Ireland and own O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, considered Ireland’s best traditional music pub, according to National Geographic, TripAdvisor, and Rick Steves.   Tickets $10.00


March 8:  Amber Norgaard, Sabra Faulk & Friends.  Singer and songwriters Amber and Sabra will bring a whole lot of music to the room as they take us on a musical journey that will show us the best of the blues, folk, country and rock.  Tickets $10


April 12: Paplo Peregrina will pack a whole lot of musical diversity into his show as he mixes things up from cumbias, salsa, cha-chas, original songs and of course rock and roll.   Pablo is a bicultural, songwriting troubadour and  humanitarian, well known for his passion and commitment to the migrant movement.   Tickets $10