2015 Covenant Conference

Central Presbyterian Church, DenverUnity_logo
November 5-7

Unity Matters: Living Into God’s Future … Together


Conference Program

Pre-conference Workshops

Inclusive Wedding Services – Kimberly Bracken Long
Radical Reconciler: Reading the Bible as the Word of God – Cynthia Rigby

Thursday afternoon plenary

Keynote: “Forgiveness + Justice = Unity” – Cynthia Rigby


Memorial tribute to founding executive director Pam Byers

Thursday evening worship

Order of Worship
Sermon: “Being Nice Is Not Enough” – Paul Roberts


Friday morning plenary

Greetings from Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons
Keynote – Clifton Kirkpatrick

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s presentation included the moving choral reading of the Confession of Belhar:


Friday afternoon plenary

Keynote – J. Herbert Nelson


Friday evening worship

Order of Worship
Sermon: “Generous Peacemaking” – Kimberly Clayton

Saturday morning plenary

The Covenant Network: The Work Ahead – Brian Ellison

Panel discussion on The Way Forward: Reflections on where we go from here – Paul Roberts, Kim Clayton, Randy Bush, Daniel Vigilante, and Jessica Tate, moderated by Brian Ellison

General Assembly Preview
– Tricia Dykers Koenig

Saturday morning worship

Order of Worship
Sermon: “Better Than a Hallelujah” – Marci Auld Glass

Liturgical elements of worship during the 2015 Covenant Conference were adapted from “Prayers, Affirmations of Faith, Prayers of Confession, Litanies,” made available by the Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar and published through the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Workshops (Selected)

~ Continued Discussion with Keynote Speaker Clifton Kirkpatrick
~ Inclusive Marriage Services: A Wedding Sourcebook – Kimberly Bracken Long and David Maxwell
~ The Dance of Spirituality and Justice – Bill Calhoun
~ Don’t Call Us Brave: Pastoral Care for People Who Are Transgender – Meghan Foote and Susan Barnes

Conference information

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