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.
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.
The Covenant Network will welcome commissioners, advisory delegates, and observers on Friday evening, June 17, to the Voodoo Doughnuts Commissioners’ Convocation. beginning at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church in downtown Portland.
Greet one another while sampling Portland’s famous Voodoo Doughnuts; hear about the Covenant Network’s priorities for this General Assembly; listen to the moderatorial candidates introduce themselves; and learn some of the ways that you can participate effectively at this GA. Commissioners and advisory delegates will have an opportunity to meet others from their committee, along with volunteers who are there to support their work.
Join us in Portland for the Covenant Network General Assembly Luncheon, Toward a Truly Inclusive Church: Reflections on Inclusion, Privilege and Equality – Monday, June 20, 12:00 noon, DoubleTree by Hilton. We’ll feature a discussion, moderated by Brian Ellison, with panelists T. Denise Anderson, Jerrod Lowry, Bruce Reyes-Chow, and Jessica Vazquez Torres.
‘… It hurts, deeply, when I find some on “our side” too ready and quick to dismiss the pains among these sisters and brothers with whom we differ.
‘If we, LGBTQ Presbyterians and our allies, fail to acknowledge that, then we are failing them (and Jesus) in the same way too many of them have failed us (and Jesus) over the years. That does not mean that we should back away from what has been achieved, or from our ongoing advocacy for fully realized inclusion and welcome. But, I think it does mean that… for all the justness of it… pushing for an apology from the PCUSA is more harmful than helpful, at least at this point in time. Do I want it? Absolutely. Should I urge it? In charity and mutual forbearance, I think not. The wounds of the long struggle are still too open and raw, and the reaction is re-opening our own wounds and scars…’