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Pastor Judy speaking at North Park Covenant Church

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Jan 2018

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To My Church

With Pastor Judy Peterson’s permission, we are re-posting this letter here.

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Steve Armfield

21

Jan 2018

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Statement from Rev. Steve Armfield

The statement released by the Evangelical Covenant Church earlier today mentioned another pastor who was suspended for officiating at a same-sex marriage – that of his son. Below is a statement from Rev. Steve Armfield. We ask for your continued prayers for the ECC to find a way and a place for such a faithful, […]

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21

Jan 2018

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ECC Statement on Board of Ordered Ministry Hearings

Dear friends, The Evangelical Covenant Church just shared this statement regarding Pastors Judy Howard Peterson and Steve Armfield. In addition, North Park University has authorized us to share the following: “Pastor Judy and NPU (Carl Balsam, Interim President) are committed to meet in the days ahead, beginning Monday, to discern ...

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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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02

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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sunset

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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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