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Karen Hearl, Champion for Women in Leadership, Passes Away

LINCOLN, CA (September 4, 2013) – Covenant minister Karen (Van Steenwyk) Hearl, wife of retired Covenant pastor Alan Hearl and a strong advocate of leadership training for women, died Monday following a long battle with cancer. She was 74. Continue Reading »

Talking as a Church About Immigration

CHICAGO, IL (September 4, 2013)—October 15 is the deadline for Covenant churches and individuals to submit their input to the Christian Action Commission about the proposed resolution on immigration.
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Feeling “Second Class”: A Pastor Tells Her Story

CHICAGO, IL (September 4, 2013) — Editor’s note: This week Covenant News Service is highlighting stories of immigration and the proposed Resolution on Immigration to be voted on at the 2014 Annual Meeting. As part of this coverage we are posting letters from people who have immigrated to the United States without documentation and from pastors who regularly minister to undocumented people. This church planter asked that only her first initial be used.

By D, a Covenant pastor

Back in Mexico I started a bachelor’s in business administration; however, I couldn’t finish because of financial reasons. When I came to this country one of the main challenges was the language, and then finding a job was another major challenge. Here in the U.S. it was more difficult to find employment in something related to what I have studied, which ended up affecting my personal and professional development, as well as my life plans. Continue Reading »

Immigration Dialogue to Be Webcast Thursday

CHICAGO, IL (September 3, 2013) — Discussion of the proposed Covenant resolution on immigration will be the focus of Thursday’s installment of Take One, a roundtable webcast that invites viewers to dialogue with participants. Continue Reading »

“I Spent 21 Days in Detention”: One Immigrant’s Story

CHICAGO, IL (September 3, 2013) — Editor’s note: This week Covenant News Service is highlighting stories of immigration and the proposed Resolution on Immigration to be voted on at the 2014 Annual Meeting. As part of this coverage we are posting letters from people who have immigrated to the United States without documentation and from pastors who regularly minister to undocumented people. Although the writer of this letter is now in the country legally, she asked that her full name not be used.

By EVD

I came for the first time to the United States with two of my children in 1993 to reunite with my husband who was working in Phoenix. In December 2010 I received an emergency call from Mexico, notifying me that my father had cancer. So I decided to leave the U.S. after 17 years of living here so I could spend some time with my father. I left on December 6, 2010, for Mexico and spent four days with my father before he passed away. Continue Reading »

CT Churches Participate in 40 Days of Worship

BERLIN, CT (August 30, 2013)—Three Evangelical Covenant Churches are among more than 100 congregations and organizations sponsoring 40 Days of Worship across the state. Continue Reading »

Justice to Righteousness: One Pastor’s Dream After Washington March

By Stan Friedman

WASHINGTON, DC (August 29, 2013) – Harvey Drake stood among the thousands of people on the National Mall as they commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and thought about his connection with history and the future. Continue Reading »

Amid Unrest, Companion Documented Support for Civil Rights

By Stan Friedman

CHICAGO, IL (August 28, 2013)— Throughout 1963 and 1964 the Covenant Companion published numerous articles and editorials strongly pushing for the advancement of civil rights, yet five days before the historic gathering, an editorial voiced concerns about participating in the march on Washington. Continue Reading »

The Civil Rights March

This article originally appeared in the August 23, 1963 issue of The Covenant Companion. We are republishing it to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

On August 28 some 150,000—200,000 people will move into Washington to participate in an inter-racial march originally planned for the purpose of seeking to persuade Congress to approve the President’s civil rights proposals. The purposes of the march have now been considerably expanded, however, and the estimate of the number of people to be involved as participants substantially increased. As a consequence, the dangers inherent in a demonstration of this kind have been heightened as well. Continue Reading »

Martin Luther King Discusses The Freedom Struggle

This article originally appeared in the October 25, 1963 issue of The Covenant Companion. We are republishing it to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The crisis in race relations in American life has resulted, on the one hand, from the determined resistance of some reactionary individuals to the Supreme Court’s momentous decision against segregation in public schools. Continue Reading »