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 »

Obituary: David Bowden

GREENSBORO, NC (February 12, 2014) — David Bowden, 47, associate pastor at Trinity Covenant Church, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. Continue Reading »

“Justified Anger” Town Hall Meeting to Be Webcast Live

MADISON, WI (February 12, 2014) — A town hall meeting to be held at Fountain of Life Covenant Church on racial reconciliation will be webcast live on at 2 p.m. Saturday. Continue Reading »

Snowmobiling Pastor Makes Local News

TWIG, MN (February 11, 2014) — A local television crew was on hand to record Covenant pastor Brad Shannon embarking on his 1,500-mile snowmobiling journey to raise money for New Life Covenant Church’s building fund on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Signs of Recovery Amid Philippines Storm Destruction

By Stan Friedman

TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES (February 11, 2014) — Don and Lillian Dwight, Covenant missionaries to Taiwan, say the devastation from Super Typhoon Yolanda that struck November 8 last year was far worse than they could have imagined despite seeing so many images on TV. Yet, after a recent service trip to the area, they see recovery in some areas also beginning to take shape. Continue Reading »