2010, Houston – We Are Family

On November 4-6, 2010, 200 Presbyterians from around the country gathered at  St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston for the 2010 Covenant Conference,  “We are Family: Celebrating the Whole Household of God.” An opening video set the stage for this  family gathering.   Two other video vignettes enriched the conference with glimpses into beautifully diverse families.

Three renowned plenary speakers addressed issues surrounding the family from different perspectives: biblical, pastoral, and sociological.

  • Bob Dykstra presented the pastoral perspective as he spoke about
    The Gospel of Kindness.”
  • Margaret Aymer provided the biblical foundation for family in her plenary entitled “Biblical Family Values: Problems and Promise.”
  • David Myers brought us up to date on sociological research with his address entitled “What God has Joined Together: the Christian Case for Gay Marriage”  and accompanying powerpoint presentation.

Worship services were led by choirs from Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Philip Presbyterian, Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, and Harbor Lights, a Salvation Army Choir.   Alan Brehm, pastor of Community of the Servant Savior Presbyterian Church and Kevin Murphy, leader of the Servant Savior orchestra, led an inspiring prayer service on Friday morning.

Three stirring preachers preached for us:

  • Katie Morrison preached at the opening service on Thursday evening from Acts 9: 1-19.  Her sermon was entitled “Once the Scales Fell…”
  • Cliff Kirkpatrick preached a sermon on Galatians 3:23-29 at the Friday evening communion service, entitled “The Family of God.”
  • David A. Van Dyke preached at the closing worship service on Saturday.  His sermon on John 2:1-11 was entitled “The First Sign.”

All plenary addresses and worship services are available on CD or audio cassette through our e-store.

Erin Swenson led a family panel discussion during the conference opening and on Friday afternoon.  Her leadership as well as that of the panelists deeply enriched our time together.  Thanks so much to all of the people on that panel who shared with us their personal stories: the joys and sorrows, the challenges and the blessings.

During the CovNet plenary session on Friday afternoon, folks were invited to come forward and share the reason that they were supportive of Amendment 10-A.   Cliff Kirkpatrick’s comments can be heard here.

The Committee on Local Arrangements, led by Sara Jean Jackson, anticipated our every need and provided gracious hospitality.  Chuck Johnson and his team nourished us, body and spirit, at delicious meals served family style!


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