Homeless Woman Killed by Driver Inspired Community

By Stan Friedman

MONROE, WA (January 13, 2014) — This town continues to mourn the death of a local woman who had recently been homeless and thought she had nothing to offer others. Continue Reading »

Bethany Benefit Enrollment Experiences Large December Increase

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 10, 2014) — Enrollment in the Bethany Benefit Service healthcare plan increased dramatically during open enrollment in December over the previous year, Elliott Johnson, controller for the Evangelical Covenant Church and assistant director of pensions, said today. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Missionaries, Atheists, and Tonya Harding

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 10, 2014) — 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 post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement of any views expressed. Continue Reading »

Covenant World Relief Responding to South Sudan Crisis

CHICAGO, IL (January 9, 2014) — Covenant World Relief (CWR) has established a special giving page to assist South Sudanese driven from their homes by the conflict that has sent people, including members of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS), fleeing to refugee camps. Continue Reading »

Obituary: Carl Edstrom

WILMETTE, IL (January 9, 2014) — Retired Covenant missionary Carl “Cully” Edstrom died Wednesday at the age of 95.  Continue Reading »

Mira Sorvino Debuts Human Trafficking Film at Bayside

GRANITE BAY, CA (January 8, 2014) — Academy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino debuted her new documentary on human trafficking in Cambodia for the first time in the United States at Bayside Church Saturday night. Continue Reading »

Members of ECCSS in US Mourn Relatives Killed in South Sudan

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 8, 2014) — Leaders of Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan (ECCSS) congregations in the United States say the violence in their native country is taking an emotional toll on members, some of whom have relatives who have been killed and others whom they are unable to contact. Continue Reading »

Ekstrands: South Sudan Refugees “Family to Us.”

CHICAGO, IL (January 8, 2014) — Covenant Missionaries Pete and Cindy Ekstrand were regional coordinators in South Sudan until recently and say the violence there is heartbreaking. Continue Reading »

A Different Kind of Peacemaking Between Christians and Muslims

By Stan Friedman

SEATTLE, WA (January 7, 2014) — Andrew Larsen and the growing group of photographers with the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers hope their work will enable people to see others around the world differently, especially those who might otherwise be called enemies. Continue Reading »

Ice Box of the Nation Takes Deep Freeze in Stride

By Stan Friedman

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN (January 7, 2014) — Bitter below-zero temperatures across the Midwest and Northeast have forced businesses, churches, and schools to close and have brought transportation to a near standstill in some areas, but residents of International Falls wonder what the big deal is. Continue Reading »