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Covenant Youth Now Gathering for Unite Events

Covenant youth across the U.S. and Canada are gathering at five different conference-level youth events, patterned after the larger triennial national Covenant youth event known as Unite (formerly CHIC).

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10 Years, 10,000 Children

Celebrating the Covenant Kids Congo Partnership

Features

Innovation and New Wineskins

This article is part of a series exploring how Covenant leaders are facing disruption through innovation and creativity highlighting the ministry of Shalom Covenant Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

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.

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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

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

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

Arnold Bolin

Arnold Richard Bolin died July 2, 2022, in Northbrook, Illinois, on his 68th wedding anniversary. He was 93.

Walter Persson

Walter Persson, retired mission director of the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden (SMF), died on Pentecost, June 5, 2022.

James Schwalm

James Werner Schwalm died May 14, 2022, in Rockford, Illinois. He was 76.