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President’s Letter to Church Annual Meetings Available Online

CHICAGO, IL (Jan 16, 2020) — Local Evangelical Covenant churches may download the Congregational Annual Meeting Letter from President John Wenrich. Printed copies of the letter, which is intended to be read during local congregational annual meetings, are being mailed to all churches this week.

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Clifton-Soderstrom Appointed Seminary Interim Dean

CHICAGO (Jan. 6, 2019) – Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom has been appointed interim dean of faculty for North Park Theological Seminary, where she is professor of theology and ethics as well as director of the School of Restorative Arts. She succeeds Dwight Perry, who vacated the role in December to begin serving as provost of Moody Bible…

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Frost Begins Service as Director of Vocational and Spiritual Development

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2019) – Herb Frost is now serving as the new director of vocational and spiritual development in the Develop Leaders mission priority. His work will focus on the health and capacity of clergy and lay leaders in the Covenant. A key responsibility is overseeing the Lilly Endowment Financial Leadership and Thriving in…

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Swedish Covenant Holds Service to Honor Past, Celebrate Future Amid Transition to NorthShore

CHICAGO (Dec. 13, 2019) – Inside Anderson Pavilion at Swedish Covenant Hospital, former and current administrators of Swedish Covenant Health and the Evangelical Covenant Church, as well as chaplains, doctors, nurses, technicians and health care providers, gathered to mark the transition of Swedish Covenant Health from the ECC to NorthShore University HealthSystem. Called “Honoring Our…

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President’s Letter to Church Annual Meetings Available Online

CHICAGO, IL (December 9, 2019) — Local Evangelical Covenant churches may download the Congregational Annual Meeting Letter from President John Wenrich. Printed copies of the letter, which is intended to be read during local congregational annual meetings, are being mailed to all churches this week.

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2018-2019 Yearbook Available Online

The 2018-2019 Covenant Yearbook, with the minutes of the 2018 Covenant Annual Meeting, is now accessible online. The Yearbook includes denominational personnel, offices, boards, commissions, and institutions; conference offices and camps; the roster of ministers and global personnel; local church contact information and data; Covenant Constitution and Bylaws; Rules of the Ordered Ministry; and the…

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Incarcerated Men Reflect on Grace in Week of Prayer Guide

CHICAGO, IL (December 2, 2019) – All of the reflections for the 2020 Week of Prayer guide, “Reconciling Grace,” were written by men who are incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center and participate in North Park Theological Seminary’s School of Restorative Arts. Materials may be downloaded or ordered now. They are available in Spanish and English….

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Support Karawa Coffee Growers on #GivingTuesday

CHICAGO, IL (November 27, 2019) – Covenanters have the opportunity to help 2,000 coffee producers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by giving to the Karawa Coffee Project on #GivingTuesday, December 3. Paul Carlson Partnership (PCP) and its partners in the African nation are working with small-scale coffee producers to reduce extreme poverty, enhance…

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Midwinter Early Registration Deadline Is December 6

CHICAGO, IL (November 26, 2019) – Friday, December 6, is the early registration deadline for the 2020 Midwinter Conference, which will be held January 27-31 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Participants can register online. Registration also is open for pre-Midwinter events, including the Youth Workers Connection and Children’s Ministry Leadership Connection. Those…

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Covenant Offices Holds DACA Town Hall

CHICAGO (November 18, 2019) – Marla Salazar, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, followed the arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court last week regarding whether President Donald Trump could rescind her DACA status and that of about 700,000 others with a mixture of emotion and pragmatism. “My hope is…

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SSC Announces Transitions in Vitality Team

CHICAGO (November 21, 2019) – Shaun Marshall, director of congregational vitality with the Start and Strengthen Churches (SSC) ministry priority, has been called to join the senior leadership team of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, a historic and influential congregation here.   Shelley Kurth, director of congregational vitality for the Great Lakes Conference, will serve…

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SSC Announces Transitions in Vitality Team

CHICAGO (November 21, 2019) – Shaun Marshall, director of congregational vitality with the Start and Strengthen Churches (SSC) ministry priority, has been called to join the senior leadership team of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, a historic and influential congregation here. Shelley Kurth, director of congregational vitality for the Great Lakes Conference, will serve as…

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