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Dec 2017

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How do we define “Inclusion”?

We are companions of all who desire to follow Christ, regardless of age, ethnicity, national origin, physical or mental ability, economic status, education, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or station in life. We believe that LGBTQ individuals are part of the priesthood of believers with God-given gifts to be used ...

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Nov 2017

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Is marriage a sacrament?

The Covenant recognizes two sacraments: the Lord’s Supper (communion) and baptism. A sacrament is special because it is understood that “God’s grace is present in these acts of the church in a real and powerful way.” (Living Faith). While other denominations suffered divisions over the debate of infant versus believer ...

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Oct 2017

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Better Together – But Why?

One of our recent Facebook posts, “Better Together,” resonated with many friends. Certainly MF4i’s goal of having churches decide when, if, and how they are inclusive for LGBTQ individuals and couples builds space for us to worship and work together to spread the mission of God’s love and avoids the schism that is dreaded by ...

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Oct 2017

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What are the goals of MF4i?

We embrace the diversity of the Body of Christ and advocate for freedom of Evangelical Covenant churches to fully include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and for churches to have thoughtful, respectful, biblically-based conversations about inclusion without fear of reprisal. We also advocate for the place of ...

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Sep 2016

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Nightingale Interview

In July of 2016, Covenanter Matt Nightingale publicly announced that he is gay and that he planned to end his marriage. In the months prior to that announcement, he and his wife, Luanne Tondino Nightingale, found support from Mission Friends 4 Inclusion and worked with Luke Johnson of Fulcrum Media Group, LLC​ to record this […]

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Sep 2016

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Book Review: Changing Our Mind by David Gushee

An important book by Christian ethicist David Gushee about his thoughtful journey of how he changed his mind about the same-sex marriage controversy and why the collective Church should also change its mind. This would be another wonderful book to read with an adult Sunday School class, but a study guide would definitely be helpful. ...

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Sep 2016

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Book Review: Embracing Love: My Journey to Hugging a Man in His Underwear by Nathan Albert

This is an excellent book for both traditionalist and progressive Christians and church study groups to use for early forays into the conversation about the relationship between churches and the LGBTQ community. Albert’s writing style is easily understandable, is filled with self-deprecating humor, and contains a large number ...

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Jul 2016

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Why We Supported the Re-election of President Gary Walter

Two weeks ago, we urged the delegates of the 2016 Annual Meeting to vote “yes” to re-elect President Gary Walter. Krista Brumberg Stevens read the following statement explaining why.

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Jun 2016

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A Wonderful Sermon!

by MF4i A beautiful sermon by Covenant Pastor Peter Hawkinson this week. “‘All are welcome’ is a requirement of me, and it is a requirement, because of Christ, for us.”

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Jun 2016

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An Open Letter to my LGBTQ Friends in the Covenant Church

by Rev. Paul Corner Dear LGBTQ Covenanters and Your Friends, Family, and Allies, In his letter that that we call 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul says, “If one member of the body suffers, all suffer together.” There can be little doubt that in this moment, you dear friends are suffering. The brutal attacks on the […]

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