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City of Chandler mixing government and religion at Gangplank, Jacob’s Well???

Jan 7, 2013

Arizona Republic

This may be mixing government and religion by the city of Chandler.

I believe that the Gangplank gets most of it's funding from the city of Chandler.

Gangplanks web site is: gangplankhq.com/

I think Gangplanks main role is to bring high tech computers geeks businesses to Chandler, and that is why they get money from the city of Chandler.

Jacob’s Well Church, which is holding it's religious services at the Gangplank offices has their website at this URL: www.churchremix.org

Why Gangplank has gotten into the religion thing I don't know.

Source

Jacobs’ Well Church in Chandler introducing different faiths

By Weldon B. Johnson The Republic | azcentral.com

Mon Jan 7, 2013 2:16 PM

The people at Jacob’s Well Church believe that the best way to learn to love their neighbors is to get to know them.

That’s why the church, a United Methodist congregation that meets in downtown Chandler, is hosting a series of talks designed to introduce people to different faith traditions. The series, “Jesus, Mohammed & Friends, an Uncommon Dialog,” continues each Sunday through Feb. 17. The talks take place at 10:30 a.m., at the Gangplank space at 250 S. Arizona Avenue (just north of Frye Road).

Jay Cooper, Pastor Jacob’s Well Church which meets at the Gangplank in Chandler, Arizona “The reason we’re doing this is because we see an ever-changing world,” Rev. Jay Cooper said. “We don’t want that to be something to be afraid of, or ignorant of, but to embrace it. The best way is to love our neighbors is to know them.”

The talks will feature a guest speaker representing various faiths including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Mormonism. There will even an atheist to represent that point of view. Following a presentation by the guest speaker, there will be a question-and-answer period.

Cooper said he realizes the 15 minutes or so the guest speakers will have at the beginning of the talks isn’t much time to give much of an overview of a faith, but the purpose is just to start a conversation.

“I thought the Hindu’s answer to that was great,” Cooper said. “He said, ‘this is a 7,000-year-old religion, good luck cramming that into 10 minutes.

“The whole purpose is to have a good conversation. I’ve kind of vetted the people to make sure we have a good conversation. I want, when this person leaves, for our church to have a good impression of that Hindu, that Muslim, but it’s going to be an open dialog.”

Jacob’s Well is a relatively new church, just over a year old, based in the downtown Chandler. The church doesn’t have a permanent building, but has held services and gatherings at Gangplank and other locations in the area. Members of the church have been active in that part of town as well, particularly focusing efforts on volunteering with the Chandler Christian Community Center.

Cooper said the upcoming talks were another way to engage the community, even those who might not normally come to church.

“It can be hard to invite people to church because they think they’ll be out of their element,” Cooper said. “But something like this people have been inviting friends, too. I think it’s a perfect conversation starter. You don’t have to agree with what’s said. Just because we allow Muslims to speak doesn’t mean we’re going to become Muslim. We want to strengthen our faith and understand them more.”

Jesus, Mohammed & Friends, an Uncommon Dialog

Each talk begins at 10:30 a.m., at 250 S. Arizona Ave. (just north of Frye Road) in downtown Chandler. For more information visit www.churchremix.org.

Jan. 13:Mormonism
Jan. 20:Hinduism
Jan. 27:Islam
Feb. 3:Atheism
Feb. 10:Buddhism
Feb. 17:Why Christianity?

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Rick Heumann
City Council
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-2200
480-782-2233 Fax
Mayor&Council@chandleraz.gov
rick.heumann@chandleraz.gov
Kevin Hartke
City Council
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-2200
480-782-2233 Fax
Mayor&Council@chandleraz.gov
kevin.hartke@chandleraz.gov
Trinity Donovan
City Council
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-2200
480-782-2233 Fax
Mayor&Council@chandleraz.gov
trinity.donovan@chandleraz.gov
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor's Office
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-2200
480-782-2233 Fax
Mayor&Council@chandleraz.gov
jay.tibshraeny@chandleraz.gov
Matt Orlando
City Council
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-2200
480-782-2233 Fax
Mayor&Council@chandleraz.gov
matt.orlando@chandleraz.gov
Jack Sellers
City Council
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-2200
480-782-2233 Fax
Mayor&Council@chandleraz.gov
jack.sellers@chandleraz.gov
Jeff Weninger
City Council
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008
480-782-2200
480-782-2233 Fax
Mayor&Council@chandleraz.gov
jeff.weninger@chandleraz.gov