Mission Friends for Inclusion

Rev. Dan Collison Suspended

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May 2018

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Dear friends,

With permission of the Leadership Team at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN, we share two documents that detail their pastor’s immediate suspension from ministry due to “accumulated leadership and teaching infringements” regarding human sexuality and their response.

The May 17 letter to Rev. Dan Collison from the Evangelical Covenant Church Develop Leaders department (which oversees the ministerium) notes that Rev. Collison has “tacitly endorsed/participated in the approval of policies and practices in direct contradiction to the guidelines.” Of note, Rev. Collison has not officiated a same-sex marriage. To learn more about the Guidelines, see our January 2018 petition, signed by more than 5,000 individuals, which called for suspension of those guidelines.

The second document is a May 21 response from the FCC Leadership Team that respectfully disagrees with letter of suspension. It is a thoughtful, Christian response and we urge you to read it.

Rev. Collison will meet with the Board of Ordered Ministry just before the Annual Meeting in June.

At this time, we urge you to keep him, his family, his Leadership Team, and all of FCC in your prayers, along with Rev. Judy Howard Peterson and Rev. Steve Armfield.

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