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.

What’s next for the Covenant Network?

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A lot of people have been asking us over the last few months what’s next for us. Now that the presbyteries have voted to approve Amendment 14-F, affirming that ministers may officiate, and sessions may host, same-gender weddings, and now that LGBTQ people are being ordained in congregations and presbyteries around the country, what will the Covenant Network do? What does our mission look like going forward?
Executive Director Brian Ellison addresses the question in this video.

‘A Season of Welcome’ Continues

When new language about ordination became officially part of the Book of Order in 2011, it opened a new season in the church’s life. This “Season of Welcome” was marked by many joyful stories of deacons, ruling elders and teaching elders able to serve openly as LGBTQ people, and their ministry is now fully part […]

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.

Science, Scripture, and Same-Sex Love

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A book review by Tricia Dykers Koenig: “Regele explores multiple disciplines in his search for understanding – biology, psychology, sociology, and demographics, along with biblical study, theology, and church history – and reflects on these learnings in light of his personal story. He provides an accessible survey of the science pointing to the probability that sexual orientation is innate, resulting from a combination of genetic and prenatal hormonal influences. The ethical conclusion: it is inconsistent with loving one’s LGBTQ neighbors to blame and penalize them for a characteristic they did not choose and cannot change.”

The Addition of Belhar, the 50th Anniversary of C-67: Confessions the Church Needs for “Such a Time as This”

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Stated Clerk Emeritus and CovNet Board member Cliff Kirkpatrick will lead us in exploring the significance of our confessions – particularly Belhar and the Confession of 1967 – at the 2015 Covenant Conference, November 5-7 at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver. Have you registered?

A Wedding Hymn

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Hymn-writer Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is offering a wedding hymn — using the tune of the Thanksgiving standard, “We Gather Together — with permission for use by anyone who supports the work of the Covenant Network and the request that donations go to the Covenant Network. The hymn was commissioned for the wedding of Paul Tellstrom and Carl Whidden on September 7, 2014.