The mission of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is to strengthen the church of Jesus Christ, with the help of God's grace.
We are called to achieve this goal by working for the unity of the church, furthering the inclusion of LGBTQ persons, seeking understanding and reconciliation, and joining with others seeking a still more just and inclusive church.

Conference Early-Bird Rate Extended

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Your chance to save on registration for the Covenant Conference, to be held in Denver November 5-7, lasts through Labor Day.

Read the article for more information about ways to connect, participate, and support the conference.

Daniel Vigilante Scholarship Available for 2015 Conference

The Rev. Daniel Vigilante wearing the three stoles he received at his ordination service on August 25, 2013

In the fall of 2000 Daniel Vigilante and a carload of seminary friends drove from Princeton to the Covenant Network Conference in Pittsburgh. As students, their registration fees were waived by the Covenant Network; they shared the cost of gas and slept on the floor in his great-aunt’s apartment.  To this day, one of those […]

J. Herbert Nelson at the 2015 Covenant Conference

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J. Herbert Nelson on his keynote address to the “Unity Matters” conference, November 5-7 in Denver: “The Church of Jesus Christ is called to assist in reconciling people to Jesus Christ. Although we have witnessed significant gains through the Church and the government’s judicial courts regarding LGBT concerns, issues regarding race and gender remain historically slow to resolve in the United States. The call for all communities, including the LGBT community, to engage broader historic movements of oppressed people is both imperative and immediate. The starting point for entry into these intersection of oppressions begins within the LGBT community itself. My address will connect the biblical imperative with steps for implementation.”

‘A Season of Welcome’ Continues

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Beginning in the fall of 2011, the Covenant Network gathered stories from LGBTQ individuals who heard a call to ordination and how they were experiencing the changes in the life of the church. We collected those at a special website called “A Season of Welcome.” You can find them here: http://covnetpres.org/a-season-of-welcome/. More stories are welcome! If you’d like to add your story to this permanent archive, please contact Tricia Dykers Koenig.

Letters from the Heart

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Ruling Elder Bob Coates from Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida, offers a website with resources collected during his congregation’s conversation about same-gender relationships. The Palma Ceia Session voted to affirm their pastors’ discretion in deciding which marriages to perform in their sanctuary.

Pre-Conference Workshops in Denver

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Plan to come early to Denver so that you can join us from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, for one of two theological conversations. Professors from two of our PCUSA seminaries are planning in-depth conversations. Choose “Radical Reconciler: Reading the Bible as the Word of God,” led by Cynthia L. Rigby, or “Inclusive Wedding Services,” led by Kimberly Bracken Long.