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Jun 2019

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President Emeritus Glenn Palmberg on First Covenant Minneapolis

Glenn Palmberg, President Emeritus of the Evangelical Covenant Church (1998-2008), shares this statement regarding involuntary removal of First Covenant Church Minneapolis ahead of the Annual Meeting in Omaha. The agenda for the 2019 Covenant Annual Meeting includes a recommendation for the involuntary removal of First Covenant ...

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Jun 2019

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Rev. Steve Armfield addresses potential involuntary dismissal

The ECC will also be reviewing the status of Rev. Steve Armfield’s credential before the upcoming Annual Meeting in Omaha. Rev. Armfield has written a letter to the Covenant Ministerium in hopes that all would read it before they meet in a couple weeks. He has given us permission to share it so that it […]

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May 2019

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Rev. Dan Collison responds to potential involuntary dismissal

As was mentioned in our last post regarding First Covenant Church Minneapolis (FCCM), the ECC is also reviewing the status of Lead Pastor Rev. Dan Collison’s credential. As we approach the Annual Meeting in Omaha, Rev. Collison has written an open letter addressing the history of how things have gotten to this point. Again, the ...

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love Minneapolis, love all.

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May 2019

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First Covenant Church Minneapolis responds to involuntary dismissal recommendation

As many of you are aware, First Covenant Church Minneapolis (FCCM) has been in a years-long conversation with Evangelical Covenant Church leaders regarding human sexuality and the freedom to hold an alternative position on a disputable matter. On May 23, the ECC published its intention to refer FCCM to the Annual Meeting for ...

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May 2019

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Gather 2019

It is important for our LGBTQ family and allies to connect at this year’s Annual Meeting: Gather 2019. Gather will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Hilton Omaha from June 27-29. If you are registered as a delegate or if you will be in Omaha, we would love to get in touch with you! […]

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Mar 2019

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Regarding Prayer and Blessings, a Letter to the Board of Ordered Ministry

Dear Board Members, I am a retired Covenant pastor and wish to make a formal request that The Board of Ordered Ministry withdraw the rules that forbid clergy to pray or offer words of blessing at a same-gender wedding. I am convinced that these rules are compromising our ministries and I know that a good […]

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Feb 2019

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Is it important to attend Annual Meeting?

A friend asked one of us if it was important for her to attend Gather in Omaha, Nebraska during June 27-29, 2019. Will the topic of human sexuality come up? The answer to the first question is YES–it is important to attend the Annual Meeting if you can and if your church approves you to […]

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Feb 2019

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An Open Letter to My Church

The following letter was shared by friends of Pastor Judy Peterson today. We re-share it here to reach as many people as possible in the Covenant. The Better Together team, who initially published this letter, added the following comments: Seeking transparency and collegiality, Pastor Judy Peterson met with the Executive Minister of ...

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Jun 2018

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Reflecting on Gather ’18

It has been several days since Gather ’18 has ended, and we are still tired (for those who missed our social media updates throughout the week, check out our summary of events after this reflection). This has been a long few months for us. But we are not discouraged, even though a motion to discuss a […]

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Jun 2018

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Our thoughts on nominees at this Gather

The Annual Meeting of The Evangelical Covenant Church begins this Thursday. Among other items, delegates will be voting to elect our next President and our next Executive Minister of Develop Leaders (who heads up the Ordered Ministry). MF4i met with both nominees in May and followed up via email with specific questions to clarify ...

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