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Celebrando con CIPE

Covenant ministers and laypeople participated in La Confraternidad de Iglesias del Pacto Evangélico (CIPE) in Quito, Ecuador.

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We Don’t Do Much with That Sort of Thing

A fresh perspective in the face of all the overwhelmingly gaudy Christmas decorations.

Features

Source of All Light

If Advent means anything at all, it is the promise of hope offered to those most in need of God’s welcome interruption.

Practicing Ethical Evangelism

Working alongside those with different belief systems stretched me to be a more humble, earnest, vibrant lover of Jesus.

My Sankofa Reprise

Twenty-two years after his first Sankofa journey, Jelani Greenidge got back on the bus.

Binding Up the Broken Winged

For Indigenous Heritage Month, The Companion sat down virtually with two staffers from Mending Wings, a youth healing and empowerment organization based in the Yakama Nation of central Washington.

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My Sankofa Reprise

Twenty-two years after his first Sankofa journey, Jelani Greenidge got back on the bus.

Commentary

Love Like Family

Are we aspiring to the ideal, imperfect community of God found in his Word?

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

Christ-Shaped Solidarity

Covenant pastor Jesse Slimak reviews Michelle Sanchez’s new book, Color-Courageous Discipleship: Follow Jesus, Dismantle Racism, and Build Beloved Community.

Sound Bites

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

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

Ann Wiesbrock Announces Retirement from Covenant Trust Company

Ann P. Wiesbrock announced her retirement as president of Covenant Trust Company effective in the spring of 2023. Wiesbrock has served as president of Covenant Trust Company and executive director of Covenant Estate Planning Services since 2010.

Youth Ministry Update

In this season of transition, youth ministry remains a priority for Make and Deepen Disciples. We are excited to share updates on the new Covenant Interim Youth Ministry Leadership Team, the upcoming Next Gen Conference, and the status of new hiring.

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

Lorraine Pratt

Lorraine Pratt, widow of Covenant minister Wallace Pratt, died on October 19, 2022, in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. She was 95.

Velma Lagerstrom

Velma Lagerstrom, wife of the late Covenant minister Ron Lagerstrom, died September 29 in Santa Barbara, California. She was 90.

Bernice “Birdie” Anderson

Bernice “Birdie” Anderson, widow of Covenant pastor and former Covenant Bible College president Wendell Anderson, passed away on October 12, 2022. She was 96.

Bruce Kallenberg

Covenant pastor Bruce Kallenberg passed away from Lyme disease in Edina, Minnesota, on June 4, 2022. He was 75.