Learn just a little about the vibrant ministries of some of our newest Covenant Network congregations – Balmoral Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN), Guilford Park Presbyterian Church (Greensboro, NC), and Christ Church Uniting, Disciples and Presbyterians (Kailua, HI).
The Rev. Dr. Mark Smutny, a former member of the Covenant Network Board and Jack Rogers’ longtime pastor, graciously agreed to share his reflections:
We mourn the death and celebrate the life of The Reverend Dr. Jack Rogers, who died this past Wednesday, July 13 at his home in Pasadena, California at the age of 82. His memorial service bearing witness to the resurrection will be this Friday, July 22, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101, where Jack worshiped for decades along with his wife, Sharon.
The Covenant Network of Presbyterians celebrates the accomplishments of the 222nd General Assembly! Over and over, this Assembly advanced the cause of inclusion and unity, affirming LGBTQ people and moving us in concrete ways toward being a church as generous and just as God’s grace.
One item of business that has garnered some attention at the General Assembly this week, Item 11-05, is an overture calling for an “apology” to LGBTQ people by the church. The Covenant Network supports the action being recommended by the Assembly’s Social Justice Committee, which is to answer this overture with an alternate statement.
We are grateful to Bruce and Carolyn Winfrey Gillette for sharing Carolyn’s hymn in response to the Orlando shootings. “To a Place of Celebration” is available for your worship services and vigils.
May our grief and prayers be accompanied by love and action.
Together with the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, I join my prayers with those around the country and throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lamenting the attack on an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando that left 50 people dead. It has become easy, in this day and age, to think that the work of seeking dignity and equality […]