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New Presbyterian Group Agrees to Name Change

CHICAGO, IL (May 1, 2012) – A newly formed Presbyterian denomination has changed its name after the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) expressed concern over the original choice.

John Ortberg, popular author and pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, announced the formation of the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO) on January 12. It is mostly comprised of churches that originally were part of the Presbyterian Church USA.

Soon after the announcement, the ECC requested a change noting the similarity of the names could cause confusion. Effective April 9, the new Presbyterian organization changed its name to Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

“Our subsequent conversations with the ECC have been nothing but beautiful and respectful,” states a press release noting the change. “We have looked at our core values and tried to live into our relationships as Christian brothers and sisters with mutual respect and affirmation of ministry. Because we value this relationship and want to honor their concerns, we have agreed to modify our name slightly. We will keep the acronym ECO, but we will change the descriptors.

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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