Resolutions

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For our Christian faith to be vibrant, it has to speak to our culture. That’s true even—or especially—on complex and difficult issues of contemporary life: abortion, war, assisted suicide, sexuality, poverty, and religious persecution, to name a few.

The Christian Action Commission prepares resolutions on ethical and political issues and recommends particular actions informed by biblical perspective.

These proposed resolutions are then reviewed by the denomination’s Executive Board for recommendation to the Covenant Annual Meeting and a vote by delegates. In the tradition of the Covenant, these resolutions are not binding. With the Covenant’s long-standing emphasis on freedom in Christ as one of our core affirmations, individual churches and church members are free not to abide by resolutions. But they still carry significant weight.

The purpose of these resolutions is that our people will engage with them. What is more important is that the opinions expressed in the resolutions are not only opinions, but that they cause us to grapple with challenging issues about how we live our faith in the world.
– Donn Engebretson

 

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Recent Resolutions
2019 Resolution on Antiracism

This resolution calls for “white clergy to attend to the sins of our own community and make a public commitment to prioritize antiracism work within our ministerium. The church’s evasion of racism has blinded us to the depth and breadth of suffering that members of our body are enduring. The devastating hardships inflicted upon people…

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2016 Resolution on Concern for People with Disabilities

It is good and pleasing to our Lord when we are a people who heed the call of mercy and justice (Micah 6:8). A crucial way we do so is by seeking to transform our community into one which can be welcoming to all without barriers. God has created all human beings as image bearers…

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2015 Clean Water Resolution

From the beginning of creation God filled the earth with an abundance of life-giving and life-sustaining water. God commanded humankind to be caretakers of creation (Genesis 1:28), which includes caring for the precious resource of water.

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2014 Immigration Resolution

The “2014 Proposed Immigration Resolution” is presented to the church with the intent of fostering dialogue, awareness, and feedback around a complex and often politicized issue.

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2013 Stewardship and Generosity in the Church

This resolution was adopted by the delegates to the 128th Covenant Annual Meeting, June 2013..

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2012 Domestic Violence

This resolution was adopted by the delegates to the 127th Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2010 Criminal Justice

Presented by the Christian Action Commission, adopted by the delegates to the 125th Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2008 Racial Righteousness

Presented by the Commission on Christian Action, adopted by the delegates to the 123rd Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2008 Global Slavery and Human Trafficking

Presented by the Commission on Christian Action, adopted by the delegates to the 123rd Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2007 Pornography: Breaking Silence, Breaking Free

Presented by the Commission on Christian Action, adopted by the delegates to the 122nd Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2007 Creation Care

Presented by the Young Pietists adopted by the delegates to the 122nd Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2007 Divestment from Sudan

Presented by the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, adopted by the delegates to the 122nd Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2006 Women in Ministry

Presented by the Commission on Christian Action and the Commission on Biblical Gender Equality, adopted by the delegates to the 121st Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2006 Immigration (Spanish)

Presentado por la Conferencia Central de la Iglesia del Pacto Evangélico, y adoptado por los delegados al 121º Asamblea Anual de la Iglesia del Pacto Evangélico.

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2006 Immigration

Presented by the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, adopted by the delegates to the 121st Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2006 Christian Discipleship in the Midst of War

Presented by the Commission on Christian Action, adopted by the delegates to the 121st Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2005 Consistently Protecting and Promoting Life

Presented by the Commission on Christian Action, adopted by the delegates the 120th Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2005 Ministries to Families

Presented by the Commission on Christian Action, adopted by the delegates to the 120th Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2005 Christian Responsibility to Pursue Shalom in a Violent and War-torn World

Presented by the Young Pietists, adopted by the delegates to the 120th Covenant Annual Meeting.

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2004 Abortion

Presented by Dearborn Covenant Church, Dearborn, Michigan, adopted by the delegates to the 119th Covenant Annual Meeting.

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