St. Teresa of Ávila
A Member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion
A progressive, inclusive and
affirming faith community
firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition
Reverend Kate Lehman, Pastor
Saturdays at 5:00 PM
Shadow Rock UCC
Education Building Chapel
12861 N. 8th Avenue Phoenix, AZ
St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.
The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.
To learn more, visit the Ecumenical Catholic Communion's website or click on the following topics:
What is the ECC?
What makes the ECC different?
What is the ECC's position on LGBT relationships?
Where can I find other ECC communities?
ECC Stands with Historically Black Churches
Episcopal priest Dean Mike Kinman of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis has established a fund to help rebuild the African-American churches that have been burned recently. Please consider making a donation to support these sisters and brothers, our ecumenical partners. More information and a link for donations can be found here.
*Photograph: Veasey Conway/AP
63% of Summer Service Project Goal Reached
STA’s summer service project is to collect 2400 16 oz. water bottles for the Heat Relief Network coordinated by the Maricopa Association of Governments. The Heat Relief Network providers offering water donation sites, hydration stations for the homeless, and refuge locations across the region. STA has donated 1512 bottles (63% of the goal) to the heat relief networks at Central Arizona Shelter Services and the Mesa Public Library Hydration Station.
Doing the Extraordinary...
Marrying at STA
We celebrate the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality and invite LGBT couples to celebrate Catholic weddings at STA.
Read the Ecumenical Catholic Communion Bishops' statement here.
St. Teresa of Ávila Catholic Community is committed to providing the Sacrament of Marriage to those who seriously seek it, including gay couples and those denied a Catholic marriage due to a previous divorce.
Couples wishing to be married at STA are requested to contact Rev. Kate Lehman at revklehman@ gmail.com a minimum of three months in advance to initiate the pre-marriage preparation process. Wedding venues are not restricted to the church sanctuary and couples are invited to discuss prospective sites with Rev. Kate.
SW Region of the ECC Joins Faith Network
The Southwest Region of the ECC is pleased to announce its membership in The Arizona Faith Network. The Region includes St. Teresa of Ávila, Guardian Angels (Tempe) and St. Michael the Archangel (Tucson), as well as two communities in New Mexico. The mission of the Arizona Faith Network is to “bring together People of Faith, under the inspiration of God, as a bridge to understanding and action – Being Together, Talking Together, Acting Together.” For more information on the Arizona Faith Network, click here.
July/August ECC SW Region Newsletter