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Feb 2018

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Bisexual Worship Leader No Longer Welcome

“People pursuing authenticity don’t have to be excommunicated by their community. Children don’t have to learn to hate themselves to be loved.” Ryan Ciganek shared this story to social media on January 17, 2018 and we have his permission to share it here.

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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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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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Feb 2016

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Transformation

by Eva Sullivan Knoff Transformation… The first time Bea came out to us, she was in high school and I was serving as an associate pastor in a church. We had wondered if she was gay, but somehow we were still surprised to hear it. So I told her, “Why don’t you pray and live […]

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Mar 2015

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Changing our Minds and our Hearts – A Call for Conversation

by Krista Brumberg Stevens (originally published on her own blog here.) I received some criticism for writing in August of 2014 that I might need to leave my denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, in response to its stance of welcoming, but not fully accepting those who are LGBTQ. Friends, both Covenant and those without any ...

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