Embrace

Embrace is a suite of human sexuality discipleship resources and learning experiences which are in harmony with the adopted position of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), the center of which is "Faithfulness in heterosexual marriage, celibacy in singleness—these constitute the Christian standard."

A special emphasis of Embrace is equipping our church to flourish in love for LGBTQ+/SSA/sexual minority* individuals and communities. Embrace resources will be progressively curated and created by Make and Deepen Disciples.

Sign up for our Embrace mailing list to receive updates and feel free to connect with us any time at embrace@covchurch.org.

*A note on language: We recognize that in conversations about human sexuality, various constituencies use words and definitions in different ways. Meaning matters, and the careless use of language can hinder true communication. With Embrace, we make an effort to curate and create resources that utilize a full range of human sexuality vocabulary interchangeably in order to make space for everyone.

Featured Resources

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

In the midst of contemporary debates about homosexuality, Christians are looking for resources that are based solidly on a thorough study of what Scripture says. In People to Be Loved, Dr. Preston Sprinkle takes this deep dive into the Scriptures, rigorously engages with diverse interpretations, and ultimately upholds the validity of the traditional sexual ethic…

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Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones

This 140-page illustrated guide is a treasure trove of practical insights on how to honor God and deeply love the LGBT+ people in your life. It covers a number of topics, including how to: Respond well when LGBT+ people come out Understand risks LGBT+ youth face (family rejection, bullying, suicidality, and homelessness) Avoid using unintentionally…

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Grace/Truth 1.0: Five Conversations Every Thoughtful Christian Should Have about Faith, Sexuality and Gender

This is a five-week small group learning experience which introduces Christians to LGBTQ+/SSA people, explains language to use and avoid, presents a biblically faithful view of marriage and sexuality, and offers practical guidance on how to embody the love of Christ toward sexual and gender minorities. The accompanying Grace/Truth 1.0 video series is engaging and…

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ECC Leader’s Guide Supplement for Grace/Truth 1.0

The Embrace team has solicited feedback about Grace/Truth 1.0 from a diverse group of Covenant readers. This ECC supplement highlights FAQ and recommendations which have emerged from this feedback and are intended to be helpful for those seeking to utilize this resource within the context of the Evangelical Covenant Church. In addition to this ECC…

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Finding Common Ground on LGBTQ+ Ministry

Rooted in the values expressed in our six Covenant affirmations, the Evangelical Covenant Church has historically sought to find common ground on areas where many Christians have been divided. In light of this heritage, a diverse group of Covenanters (initially spearheaded by Pastor Randall Wilkens) developed a list of suggested ways in which we might…

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A Brief History of LGBT+ Victimization

This resource produced by Lead them Home helps us develop a missional posture—and understand the depth of need for justice actions—by gaining a working understanding of the history of LGBT+ people and their victimization. Learn more by going to https://www.leadthemhome.org/justice

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Our Bodies Tell God’s Story

Christopher West, a Catholic theologian, explores Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body and offers helpful insights into the mystery of sex and marriage through the lens of the Imago Dei (Image of God). Ultimately, West argues that marriage is a sacramental sign that invites onlookers to witness our mysterious call to union with God.…

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Christian Sexuality Video Series

This youth curriculum is a 12-part, video-based, comprehensive discipleship experience that will help youth leaders, mentors, and parents engage their youth in one of the most important conversations of our age. Learn More

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Embrace for Youth Case Studies

This resource was developed by Covenant youth workers, inviting quality discussion among leaders about how to better care for people in your churches and communities who identify as LGBTQ+. These case studies are based on real-life situations happening in our churches, camps, and ministry contexts across the ECC in North America.

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EQUIP Virtual Course

Learn how to better serve the sexual minorities in your church and life using over 40 different videos and articles, including a 16-video series with customized handouts for parents and pastors. For just $50, parents and pastors can deepen their understanding and skills at their own pace with one-year access to this powerful resource. View…

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Webinars

This section promotes healthy dialogue and continued learning around a variety of topics related to our faith, gender, and sexuality. Each webinar is hosted by a member of the Make and Deepen Disciples team, and each guest is in harmony with the adopted position of the ECC. Upcoming webinars are announced first to the Embrace mailing list, so don’t forget to sign up here.

Webinar #23

Still Time to Care with Greg Johnson

Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 12–1pm CST

We are excited to have Greg Johnson, author of Still Time to Care: What We Can Learn from the Church’s Failed Attempt to Cure Homosexuality, join us for Embrace Webinar #23. In Still Time to Care, author Greg Johnson, a gay atheist turned Christian pastor, tells the untold story of the rise and fall of the ex-gay movement in the evangelical church. With warmth, humor and original research, Johnson charts the path forward for churches and ministries and provides guidance for the gay person who finds themselves smitten by the life-giving call of Jesus.

Upcoming Events

Posture Shift Digital Seminar

An on demand digital training on a biblically sound, missiologial approach to LGBT+ inclusion and care.    Learn More

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Revoice Book Club

The Revoice Book Club hopes to help people discover answers, by reading and discussing books concerning spiritual growth, fellowship, and discipleship.  Learn more: https://revoice.us/community-groups/

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Renew

Renew is open to gay/SSA people who serve in any form of ministry, and is intended to provide support, encouragement, and community for those serving in churches, on campuses, or in parachurch organizations.  Learn more: https://revoice.us/community-groups/

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Sacred Space

Sacred Space is an intentional community focused on providing connection and support for couples in mixed-orientation marriages.  Learn more

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Revoice Community Groups

Revoice is launching online community groups, places for people to connect, grow, and be encouraged. Revoice Community Groups are a great way to get more involved in the Revoice community! Three of these groups will launch this summer—Book Club, Renew and Sacred Space. View Event

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Embrace Resource Suites