Doughnuts and Discussion in Portland

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.

Our GA Luncheon: Toward a Truly Inclusive Church

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.

LGBTQ-focused business at the 222nd GA

This year’s General Assembly will see several important items of business that affect the wholeness and well-being of LGBTQ people in the Church and in society. At each Assembly, the Covenant Network seeks to discern how our efforts can best support justice and grace in the decisions of the church’s highest council. This year, the Covenant Network has played a part in supporting those who have proposed some of these overtures and will work hard for their passage, serving as a resource as they come forward; in other instances, we will work either to oppose, or to encourage language that will make them more helpful to the church.

Join us at the 222nd General Assembly

It’s time to purchase your tickets for the CovNet events at the 222nd General Assembly in Portland this June. Plan to join us Friday evening, June 17, for the Voodoo Doughnut Commissioners’ Convocation, and Monday for the Covenant Network Luncheon.

Covenant Network Undertakes New Initiatives in a New Day

The Covenant Network Board of Directors announced today that it is recommitting to its work seeking a more just and generous church, living into a new and expanded mission of seeking inclusion and affirmation for LGBTQ people and working for reconciliation among people of all races and ethnicities, sexual and gender identities, and theological perspectives in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Joy in the Year Ending; Hope in the Year to Come

We have emerged with a clear calling to keep working toward a church that is truly inclusive, whose generosity and justice reflect our Savior’s. You have told us how much work there is left to do—at General Assembly, in denominational structures, in congregations and presbyteries, in hearts and minds. And we have heard that our resources, our history, our relationships are still crucial to seeing that vision accomplished in the life of the church. It is the church that has told us how much this work still matters.