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Faith section: We believe it’s part of the news By Paul Maryniak

We not only rotate our contributors, but try constantly to expand the range Not long ago during of religious leaders who write these an interview, someone columns. We are being ecumenical observed that it seemed about it as well, not favoring one faith like Ahwatukee was over another or adopting any one under attack. particular religious point of view. They cited the That’s why one week, a rabbi will controversies that seem to be besieging appear on our Faith pages and the next this community, from the South week you may see a Lutheran minister. Mountain Freeway to the uncertain We believe they all have something to future facing at least two of Ahwatukee’s offer in the way of advice that would be four golf course communities. good for some reader’s soul. Throw in the uncertainty, disturbing Of course, the Faith section also trends and calamities that surround us includes a calendar of area churches’ all at a national and global level, and it’s activities, both special events and tough not to want to reach for the panic ongoing programs. button — or a bottle of Xanax. If you wonder why that calendar isn’t Which brings me to our Faith section. restricted to only Ahwatukee churches, I don’t know the — pardon the pun — the reason is simple: Membership genesis of our weekly Faith column, but in a congregation isn’t restricted I can tell you one thing: It was a darn to geographical boundaries and, in good idea I have no desire to tamper many cases, Ahwatukee residents with. If anything, my only wish is that travel across the border to Chandler, more leaders of religious congregations Tempe or beyond for services and in Ahwatukee would join our stable other participation — just as people of dependable contributors and from outside Ahwatukee visit our local share their messages of guidance and congregations to do the same. T:4.915As ‘’ fall approaches, this is a good time comfort in an increasingly rudderless and uncomfortable world. to remind Ahwatukee church members AHWATUKEE FOOTHILLS NEWS EDITOR

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of our calendar for the special seasonal events you want the public to attend. Whether conferences or carnivals, much-needed fundraisers or uplifting special services, the Ahwatukee Foothills News and ahwatukee.com are here to get the word out. Again, forgive me one more pun, but there’s no sense hiding this news under a bushel. The “rules” governing these submissions are no different from those governing more secular announcements: Make sure those releases cover the 5 Ws and H, which comprise most of the commandments of journalism: Who, what, where, when, why and how. Include a daytime phone number we can call if we have any questions – we try, sometimes unsuccessfully, not to work around the clock. And be sure to get word to us at least two weeks in advance of whatever you want to publicize. Timing is everything in this business, and the last thing you want is to miss a deadline and fail to tell people what’s happening. For the columns, the rules are a bit different.

They are not intended to be a recruitment tool per se, though there’s nothing wrong with a column that ultimately provokes some readers to learn more about a particular faith. The columns can relate a point of faith to something going on in the world in general or some part of it, especially Ahwatukee. Or they can offer an observation rooted in faith that readers can apply to their own lives. Whether they are words of wisdom or solace, it’s really up to the writer. I imagine that leading a congregation is a pretty busy job, and most leaders have their hands full just writing their weekly sermon. Still, I hope Ahwatukee’s faith leaders consider reaching out to a wider audience. I’m not saying there’s a faith-based answer to the controversies and uncertainties generated by the freeway or the condition of Ahwatukee’s golf course communities. But who knows? Someone just might offer us suggestions for getting through these trials, too, with less anxiety. –Reach Paul Maryniak at 480-898-5647 or pmaryniak@ahwatukee.com.

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