Rewind: A Conversation with Mark Hatfield

CHICAGO, IL (November 7, 2013) — This interview with the late Oregon Republican governor and senator Mark Hatfield was originally published in the August 15, 1972, issue of the Covenant Companion while he still was a member of Congress. Win Arn, then director of Christian education for the California Conference of Churches, interviewed his long-time friend. Hatfield was known for his strong Christian faith and a voting record that was not easy to categorize. He died in 2011 at the age of 89. This article is adapted as part of an occasional series featuring past Companion articles that retain particular relevance today. Continue Reading »

Covenanters Say LifeWay Apology Step in Right Direction

By Stan Friedman

LONG BEACH, CA (November 7, 2013) – Helen Lee, one of the two Covenanters who authored the “Open Letter to the Evangelical Church” that decried the use of Asian American stereotypes said she was “surprised but also thrilled” by yesterday’s apology from the president of LifeWay Christian Resources for publishing the “Rickshaw Rally” vacation Bible school curriculum nearly 10 years ago. Continue Reading »

‘Open Letter’ Most-Read Story in October

CHICAGO, IL (November 7, 2013) — The most-read Covenant News Service story for October was an article on two Covenant women who drafted an open letter calling evangelicals to stop promoting Asian stereotypes. The women also sought out signatories to the letter who included top Asian American scholars. National and international media reported on the letter. Continue Reading »

Ten Percent of Church Runs Marathon for Covenant Kids Congo

By Stan Friedman

CANTON, MI (November 6, 2013) — Getting some 120 people from Life Covenant Church to run the recent Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon wasn’t nearly as hard as member Anton Botosan thought it would be. Then they raised a lot more money than he expected for a water project connected with Covenant Kids Congo powered by World Vision. Continue Reading »

Marjorie Anderson Dies, Service Set

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN (November 6, 2013) — Marjorie (Sill) Anderson, 94, widow of Covenant pastor C. Reuben Anderson, died November 1. Continue Reading »

Refugee Experience Recalibrates Heart, Mind of MTI Leader

By Stan Friedman

SEATTLE, WA (November 4, 2013) — “I get it that we’re weary of all that is happening in that part of the world,” Joe DiCarlo, director of emergency relief and global security for Medical Teams International (MTI), said Monday in reference to the Middle East. “I guess in some sense that was me, too.” Continue Reading »

True North Awards Presented for Service to Alaska

RED WING, MN (November 4, 2013) — Two members of Covenant churches in Minnesota were recently honored with the True North Award for their long history of furthering the ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska (ECCAK). Continue Reading »

Success of First-ever AVA Training on Campus Could Lead to More

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 4, 2013) — The overwhelmingly positive response to the recent Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) training at North Park University—the first ever given on a campus—indicates the great need and interest among young people to engage the issue, says the program’s director, Yvonne DeVaughn. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (November 1, 2013) – Many Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos with one another that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday, we will post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Panel to Discuss Youth Ministry and Trayvon Martin Case

CHICAGO, IL (November 1, 2013) – The Center for Youth Ministry Studies will sponsor the panel discussion Between God & Trayvon: Conversations on Race and Ministry at 7 to 9 p.m. (CST) Monday in the Olsson lounge at Nyvall Hall on the North Park University campus. It also will be webcast live. Continue Reading »