Dunbars Begin Difficult Salvage Efforts After Fire

By Stan Friedman

CONCORD, NH (February 19, 2014) — Covenant minister Earl Dunbar says his family is “basically kind of frazzled” as they start the process of trying to recover from the fire that heavily damaged their home around 1 p.m. last Friday. Continue Reading »

Voices: To the (Probably White) Person Who Says It Shouldn’t Be About Race

PORTLAND, OR (February 18, 2014) — Editor’s note: From time to time, we come across articles in church newsletters, individual blogs, and other media that we believe may interest our readers. Jelani Greenidge is interim worship leader at Kaleo Covenant Church in Beaverton, Oregon, and a regular columnist for the Covenant Companion. Continue Reading »

ACCW Award Nominations Being Accepted

CHICAGO, IL (February 18, 2014) — Nominations are open for the 2014 Advocates for Covenant Clergy Women Awards. The awards will be presented at the Covenant’s Annual Meeting. Continue Reading »

CNN Interviews Smietana about Snake Handler

NASHVILLE, TN (February 17, 2014) — Bob Smietana, former features editor of the Covenant Companion, was interviewed today on CNN about Kentucky pastor Jamie Coots and the practice of snake handling in churches. Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated for a snake bite. Continue Reading »

600 People Attend Madison Town Hall Meeting on Race

By Stan Friedman

MADISON, WI (February 17, 2014) — The multiracial crowd of nearly 600 people who turned out in below freezing temperatures to attend the “Justified Anger: State of Emergency” town hall meeting Saturday was evidence that change is possible, said Pastor Alex Gee. The meeting was held at Fountain of Life Covenant Church to address breaking down racial divides in the community. Continue Reading »

History Commission ‘Reinventing’ Historical Society

CHICAGO, IL (February 17, 2014) — The Commission on Covenant History is considering how it might “reinvent” a Covenant Historical Society, says Anna-Kajsa Anderson, interim director of archives and special collections at North Park University. Continue Reading »

Fire Forces Dunbar Family from Home

By Stan Friedman

CONCORD, NH (February 16, 2014) — Covenant pastor Earl Dunbar and his wife, Marcia-Anne, as well as their son, James, escaped a fire that caused “significant damage” to their home around 1 p.m. Friday. Continue Reading »

Mom’s Birthday Wish for Her Son Goes Viral

By Stan Friedman

RICHLAND, MI (February 14, 2014) — Colin, a 10-year-old boy with a condition similar to Asperger’s syndrome, knows there’s a big surprise coming for his birthday. He has no idea that millions of people around the world are involved. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Who Needs Church, Cadillacs, Titus 2

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (February 14, 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 »

New Criteria for T.W. Anderson Award, Nominations Being Accepted

CHICAGO, IL (February 13, 2014) — New criteria for the T.W. Anderson Award and the decision to present it on the opening night of worship at the Annual Meeting reflect the Covenant’s desire to further highlight the role of laity in the denomination, says Evelyn Johnson, interim executive vice president. Continue Reading »