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 »

Writer Is Broken but Not ‘Less Than’

CHICAGO, IL (January 6, 2014) — Editor’s note: From time to time, we come across articles in Covenant church newsletters, individual blogs, and other media that we believe may interest our readers. Today’s offering comes from Pam Christensen, associate director of children and family ministry at Quest Church in Seattle. She shares thoughts that first appeared on her blog. Continue Reading »

ECCSS Leader Wounded, Buildings Destroyed

By Stan Friedman

KAMPALA, UGANDA (January 6, 2014) — The leader of the Evangelical Covenant Church of South Sudan who monitors the denomination’s Vulnerable and Orphaned Child project suffered a gunshot wound to the hand while trying to escape the fighting that has broken out between warring factions of the nation’s military. Continue Reading »

Five for Friday: Links Covenanters Are Discussing

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (January 3, 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 »

Obituary: Richard ‘Dick’ Brookes

CAMBRIDGE, NY (January 2, 2014) — A celebration of life service with military honors was held Sunday for retired Covenant pastor Richard “Dick” Clarke Brookes, who died December 23. He was 69. Continue Reading »

ECC Staff Changes Among Most-Read Stories for December

CHICAGO, IL (January 2, 2014) — A story that highlighted the reasons one church is joining the Covenant and another that focused on the denomination’s vitality process to help current denomination churches discern their future were among the most-read for the month of December. Posts about personnel changes at Covenant Offices were also among the most-read. To read these stories and others, click the links below. Continue Reading »

Gee Column Generating Widespread Discussion

By Stan Friedman

MADISON, WI (December 31, 2013) — Alexander Gee, pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church, hopes that the discussion on racism his 3,000-word Capital Times column sparked will continue on a new Facebook site and in community forums that media outlets and city government have said they would like to help sponsor. Continue Reading »