Posts tagged ‘Newsmakers’

Peterson Steps Down after 37 Years Guiding Covenant Pines

By Stan Friedman

MCGREGOR, MN (December 18, 2014) — Bruce Peterson says watching young people grow in their faith and develop as leaders were his greatest joys during his 37 years as executive director of Covenant Pines Bible Camp. He is stepping down from the position at the end of the year. Continue Reading »

Small Congregation Focuses on Mission Despite Own Needs

MILWAUKEE, WI (December 17, 2014) — Although Milwaukee Covenant Church, a church of just 60 members, faced its own serious budget shortfall, they were determined to raise money for Covenant Kids Congo. So they sponsored a concert featuring world-class musicians Dietrich and Megumi (Kanda) Hemann from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Continue Reading »

Dancing Graciously: An Interview with Miriam Ernest

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (December 15, 2014) — Editor’s note: Miriam Ernest is a dancer based in New York City and Washington, D.C. She has trained and performed at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and other major companies across the continent. She is currently with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and the Kathryn Posin Dance Company. This year Miriam was nominated for a Princess Grace Award. She was interviewed by her brother, Samuel Ernest for Transpositions, the official blog of the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Miriam Ernest is the daughter of Covenant minister Beth Ernest and her husband, James. Continue Reading »

Voices: All Lives Matter, But Stop Saying It

PORTLAND, OR (December 11, 2014) – Pastor Adam Phillips is developing Christ Church, a new Covenant congregation in Portland, Oregon. This article was first published on the Sojourners website. 

By Adam Phillips

There’s this microaggression happening online, offline, and all around that has a nice sentiment, but really needs to stop. Can we call for a week-long moratorium on decrying “ALL LIVES MATTER?” Continue Reading »

Just How Does Krista Tippett Prepare to Do ‘On Being’?

By Stan Friedman

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (December 9, 2014) — As host of public radio’s award-winning show On Being Krista Tippett has a daunting task. She might be preparing to interview a computer scientist on “Discovering the Cosmology of Bach” one week, a poet musing on “The Poetry of Ordinary Time” another, and a figure such as Desmond Tutu extolling “A God of Surprises” on another broadcast. Continue Reading »

Acclaimed Vocalist Seeks to Perform Jazz Concerts to Benefit CHIC 2015

By Stan Friedman

GLEN ELLYN, IL (December 2, 2014) — Dawn Holt Lauber has sung with jazz greats and received accolades for her performances, including a review by Chicago Tribune writer Howard Reich, who declared her voice to be “exquisite.”

Now the member of Glen Ellyn Covenant Church wants to use her voice to raise money to help send teenagers to CHIC, the triennial youth gathering held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, which will be July 12-17 this year.

“When a gift has been given to you, it’s wonderful to be able to give it back to the church,” Lauber said.

Lauber was inspired to offer the concerts after she sang at Pilgrim Pines Conference Center last summer. She is excited to offer the fundraising opportunity. “I want to show that people of all ages are supporting our youth,” Lauber said, emphasizing that she is interested in doing the concerts beyond Chicago. Proceeds will be donated to the general fund at CHIC.

To book a concert or for more information, email Lauber.

The soprano performs sacred jazz, a genre she learned about while singing at Riverside Church in New York City when she did pieces by Duke Ellington. “I didn’t know Duke Ellington had done sacred music, but he said it was his best work,” Lauber said.

She has gone on to perform with singers such as Dave Brubeck. Lauber was singing with the Fourth Presbyterian Church, and the director said he knew Brubeck and volunteered to connect the two.

“I came home and there was Dave Brubeck on my answering machine!” she said. Brubeck invited Lauber and her husband to dinner, and they spent much of the night singing around the piano. She went on to do a performance with Brubeck at the church.

Lauber also performs with the Chicago group Churchjazz. She has recorded several CDs but the latest, Joy, is the first to feature music she has written. “This has been a very creative, inspirational year for me,” she said. “Much of the music would just come to me. It was totally unexpected.”

Samples of the songs can be found on her website, and the CD can be purchased there as well.

Bobby Lewis, who played trumpet with Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee offered technical assistance.

Carlson Inspired Holmgren, Other Covenanters, in Mission Work

By Stan Friedman

MERCER ISLAND, WA (November 26, 2014) — The martyrdom of Paul Carlson played a key role in Kathy Holmgren becoming a missionary to Congo she told a capacity crowd at Covenant Shores Retirement Community on Monday night, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the Covenant missionary and physician. Continue Reading »

Covenant Minister Caught Up in Mideast Melee

By Stan Friedman

SEATTLE, WA (November 19, 2014) — The killings of four rabbis and a police officer at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Tuesday as well as subsequent reprisals, “represent a horrific chapter in the cycle of violence between the extreme factions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Covenant minister Andy Larsen, who was caught in the middle of the conflagration earlier this month while filming a documentary, ironically, about peacemakers in the region. Continue Reading »

Voices: The Cult of Family

WAYNE, PA (November 18, 2014) — Covenant minister Al Tizon is co-president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) and Ronald J. Sider Associate Professor of Holistic Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. The article was first published earlier this month on the ESA website. Continue Reading »

Pastor, First-time Director Was Shocked When Emmy Winner Agreed to Appear in His Movie

By Stan Friedman

REDWOOD CITY, CA (November 13, 2014) — A neighbor had asked Tony Gapastione “six or seven times” to consider helping a teacher at her child’s school perform Shakespeare.

“I love Shakespeare, that’s what I grew up doing,” says Gapastione, an actor and the creative arts pastor at Peninsula Covenant Church. But “I had no time to direct a bunch of kids, most of whom spoke English as their second language. Finally I said I would meet this teacher.” Continue Reading »