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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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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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