A strong, hopeful, healing response to Item 11-05

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.

A Hymn for Orlando

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.

Tragedy in Orlando: A Response

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 […]

Congratulating Tony De La Rosa and the Presbyterian Mission Agency

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians expresses its congratulations and support for the Presbyterian Mission Agency as it announces the appointment of Ruling Elder Luis Antonio (Tony) De La Rosa as Interim Executive Director. Besides recognizing Tony’s outstanding qualifications for the position, we celebrate all that the selection of a married, openly gay Latino person means […]

Daniel Vigilante Scholarship Available for 2015 Conference

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

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.”