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News

Alaskan Covenanters Rebuilding from Massive Storm

Covenant communities of faith are beginning the process of rebuilding after a massive storm caused flooding and left widespread debris across the cities, towns, and villages of western Alaska.

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The Table of Redemption

Raising a biracial family, Peter and Tracy Hilts have learned that none of us reflects our Creator nearly as well as all of us.

Features

Small Churches, Big Impact

Cesar Buitrago, pastor of Amigos de Jesús Covenant Church in Patterson, California, thought he knew what his new church plant would look like. But three years later, it looks nothing like he imagined it.

The Table of Redemption

Raising a biracial family, Peter and Tracy Hilts have learned that none of us reflects our Creator nearly as well as all of us.

Child Care

Covenant Ministries of Benevolence celebrates the 100th anniversary of ministry to children.

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Lessons from My Bisabuela

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, Evelyn Perez shares her thoughts on her heritage and faith.

Commentary

Learning to See Jesus

Learning from Jesus’s parable of the sheep and the goats to see people at the margins.

Weekly updates from the Evangelical Covenant Church

Arts & Culture

Sound Bites

Throughout the denomination, Covenanters are creating original music to express devotion to God. We collected a few samples.

Key Voices

A review of The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr

When Choices Remain, Who Ya Gonna Call?

A prequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul depicts the journey of an amoral criminal attorney for a Mexican drug cartel. The New Testament tells us about another Saul whose life was turned upside down—this time, for the better.

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

Sankofa: Join Us on the Bus

Hear from leaders and participants, as well as Sankofa veteran Nilwona Nowlin, who walks us through the journey—and shares her reflections after years of getting on the bus. For more information visit covchurch.org/sankofa

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.

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In Memoriam

Dick Petersen

Retired Covenant pastor Richard “Dick” Petersen died August 16, 2022. He was 94.

Christie Joann Peterson

Christie Joann Peterson, widow of Covenant minister Alton Peterson, died July 23 in Spring Valley, California. She was 91.

Daniel R. Seagren

Daniel Robert Seagren, retired pastor and chaplain, died August 27 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was 94.

Helen Berquist

Helen F. Berquist, retired Covenant global personnel, died in Golden Valley, Minnesota, on August 13, 2022. She was 92.