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Jan 2018

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Rev. Dan Collison on why he’s meeting with the Board of Ordered Ministry

The Rev. Dan Collison, Senior Pastor at First Covenant Church, Minneapolis, wrote this open letter to his colleagues. We’re sharing it here with his permission.

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Where is it written?

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Jan 2018

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Where Is It Written?

The “Where Is It Written?” document below was written by retired Covenant pastor, Herbert Hedstrom and is shared with his permission. We hope it will be helpful as we Covenanters grapple with understanding the complex nuances of what it means to be Christian and Covenant. “Where is it written?” or “What do the Scriptures ...

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Jan 2018

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NPU statement on Pastor Judy Peterson and next steps

On January 4, 2018, North Park University published the following statement. We celebrate the steps the university is adopting to hear from, care for, and more fully include LGBTQ students and their allies in university policies and programs. Institutional conflict can lead to division or it can provide opportunities for us to better ...

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Jan 2018

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Responding to the reaction to North Park University’s statement

As the response to North Park University’s statement on the removal of Pastor Judy Peterson unfolded, MF4i board member Lisa Peterson was compelled to share her story. We repost her response here for all to read:

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Dec 2017

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New Year’s Eve Prayer

Oh, God, draw near to us now. This has been a tough week for many of us. Some of us are in shock. Many of us are hurt, angry, and confused. We mourn the loss of a spiritual leader. We mourn the conflict experienced by a beloved institution for generations. We mourn the turmoil swirling […]

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Dec 2017

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ECC sends a message regarding same-sex weddings

At 5:03pm Central Time on Friday, December 29, the ECC sent an email titled “A Pastoral Message on Covenant Clergy and Same-Sex Weddings.” The entire text follows:

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Dec 2017

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What can we do next? #BeTheBetterChurch

Many of you have expressed a desire to do something in response to the news about Rev. Judy Howard Peterson. For those in the Chicago area, stay tuned for information about local events. In the meantime, there are five things you can do now: Pray for all involved and impacted by this decision. Thank God […]

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Dec 2017

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NPU removes Pastor Judy Peterson

By now many of you have heard the news that Rev. Judy Howard Peterson, North Park University’s campus pastor, has been removed from her position for officiating at a same-sex wedding last spring. Numerous people forwarded the following email to MF4i. Pastor Judy is not able to make a public statement at this time, nor […]

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Dec 2017

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Why should some churches be allowed to decide they are not inclusive?

Covenanters cherish six affirmations that reflect our denominational identity. The sixth affirmation proclaims the reality of freedom in Christ. The book Living Faith: Reflections on Covenant Affirmations, published by the faculty of North Park Theological Seminary in 2010, reminds us, “With a modesty born of confidence in God, ...

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