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Percy Mueda Honored as Outstanding Lay Person

Percy Mueda of Grace Covenant Church in South San Francisco, California, was awarded the Theodore W. Anderson Award for Outstanding Layperson at the 136th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Who Are Evangelicals?

Covenant author Dan Stringer wrestles with what it means to identify as Evangelical.

Features

Holding the Tension

Sanetta Ponton, pastor of justice, advocacy, and compassion at Metro Community Church in Englewood, New Jersey, reminds us that the story of the African American experience is worthy to be told.

Juneteenth: Festival of Freedom

Juneteenth is a celebration of the abolishment of slavery in the United States. Columnist Jelani Greenidge takes some time to explain what it is, how it came to be, and how it’s celebrated.

Adjusting to Disruption

The first article in a series of stories on the innovative thinking found in Covenant churches focuses on South Bay Community Church in Fremont, California.

Who Are Evangelicals?

Covenant author Dan Stringer wrestles with what it means to identify as Evangelical.

Identity Development

Pastor Steve Wong, the first Asian American church planter in the Covenant, reflects on how we tell our stories as a multicultural mosaic.

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Are Young People Done with the Church?

The Companion looks at the next generation and the Covenant Church of tomorrow.

Commentary

Weekly updates from the Evangelical Covenant Church

Arts & Culture

The Therapist Is In

Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed chronicles the mysteries of being human, personal growth, and talk therapy from both sides of the chair (patient and therapist).

The “Like” Gateway

The Xbox video game Yakuza: Like a Dragon opens possibilities for variety in pastoral gifts.

Home Altar

A devotional guide written by Covenanters, the Covenant Home Altar invites us to take time in our day for God’s word, quiet meditation, and prayer. To receive printed copies of the Covenant Home Altar you may subscribe below. One subscription is for one year, which includes four quarterly issues.

Announcements

President John Wenrich Responds to Recent Tragedies

The recent events in Buffalo and Uvalde have prompted me to ask our Covenant family to mourn and lament with families who are grieving. As Covenanters, we respond with the love of Christ through prayer and constructive engagement.

Podcast

We Are a Multiethnic Mosaic

Mary Chung March outlines our history of becoming a multiethnic mosaic, growing from our roots as a Swedish immigrant church. And Steve Wong, pastor of the first Asian American church plant in the Covenant, reflects on his journey into the Covenant, how he has seen the denomination change, and our call to continue becoming the beloved community.

We Seek Racial Righteousness

Covenant historian Hauna Ondrey and Dominique Gilliard join us to talk about the end of the 1960s, the Black Manifesto, the Covenant’s unique response to this call to white churches and synagogues—and where we witness similar themes in our culture today.

We Make Affirmations

In the Covenant we identify as non-creedal, meaning we do not adhere to a specific creed. But non-creedal does not mean we are without theology. The six Covenant affirmations address the question, “What does the Covenant believe?” Retired North Park Theological Seminary professor Klyne Snodgrass joins us.

Women Are Called and Gifted

As a denomination, we voted to ordain women in ministry in 1976. In this episode, we talk with Evelyn Johnson, a woman of many firsts, including the first woman elected to lead a department at Covenant Offices within the budget and the first female superintendent. She shares her memories of those early years and her experiences serving in more than 40 years of ministry in the Covenant.

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In Memoriam

Dr. Cislin Williams

Retired Covenant pastor Dr. Cislin Williams passed away in Miami, Florida, on May 18. She was 70.

Ruth Evelyn Elia

Ruth Evelyn Elia, wife of retired Covenant pastor and East Coast Conference superintendent George B. Elia, died May 22 at Windsor Skilled Nursing in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. She was 90.

Violet Erickson

Violet (“Vi”) Erickson, widow of Covenant minister and former superintendent Robert Erickson, died April 26. She was 95.

Lynda A. Collins

Lynda A. Collins, wife of retired pastor Tom Collins, passed away in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 13, 2021. She was 76.