History

Highlights of our first 21 years include:

  • Issuing A Call to Covenant Community
  • Gaining the affirmation of the Call by more than 3,000 ministers, 2,000 other officers, 20 former G.A. Moderators, over 300 sessions, and several presbyteries
  • The popular Covenant Network Luncheons at G.A., with speakers Jack Stotts, Peter Gomes, J. Barrie Shepherd, Joanna Adams, Jon Walton, Tim Hart-Andersen, Brian Blount, Cynthia Campbell, John Buchanan, Gustav Niebuhr, Scott Anderson, and Mark Achtemeier
  • The 1998 Covenant Conference in Denver on Living Faithfully in the Church When We Disagree, with Jack Rogers’s keynote address on “Reading the Bible the Presbyterian Way”
  • The 1999 Covenant Conference in Atlanta on Jesus Christ and the Church, with Douglas John Hall and Barbara Wheeler keynoting
  • The 2000 Covenant Conference in Pittsburgh on Biblical Authority and the Church, keynoted by Walter Brueggemann and William Placher
  • The 2001 Covenant Conference in Pasadena on Christ Transforming Culture, with keynotes by Peter Gomes and Jack Rogers
  • The 2002 Covenant Conference in Minneapolis on Confessing Christ Today, keynoted by Shirley Guthrie
  • The 2003 Covenant Conference in Washington, DC on The Church We Are Called to Be and to Become, with a keynote dialogue between Barbara Wheeler and Richard Mouw
  • The 2004 Covenant Conference in Chicago, Made in the Image of God: Thinking Theologically about Sex, keynoted by Luke Timothy Johnson and Jack Stotts
  • The 2005 Covenant Conference in Memphis, Disciples in Community, keynoted by Kathleen Norris
  • The 2006 Covenant Conference in Columbus, Discerning the Call, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of women’s ordination as ministers
  • The 2007 Covenant Conference in Atlanta, Testimony, with presentations by Anna Carter Florence and Beverly Gaventa
  • The 2008 Covenant Conference in Minneapolis, keynoted by Walter Brueggemann and Stacy Johnson, on Covenant: God Is Faithful Still
  • The 2009 Conference in Cleveland, The Church We Can See From Here, led by Mark Achetemeier, Kenda Dean, Eddie Glaude, Dawne Moon, and hosted by Ted Smith
  • The 2010 Conference in Houston, We Are Family, featuring Katie Morrison, Cliff Kirkpatrick, David A. Van Dyke, Margaret Aymer, Bob Dykstra, and David Myers; with a family panel led by Erin Swenson
  • The 2011 Conference in Durham, Reconciling: Voices, Visions, Vocations, with James Davis, Frances Taylor Gench, Scott Anderson, Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and Mary Lynn Tobin
  • The 2013 Conference in Chicago, Marriage Matters, with keynotes by Macky Alston, Amy Plantinga Pauw, and Stacy Johnson
  • The 2015 Conference in Denver, Unity Matters: Living into God’s Future … Together, with keynoters Cynthia Rigby, Clifton Kirkpatrick, and J. Herbert Nelson
  • The 2017 Conference in Baltimore, Our Shared Humanity, with keynoter Taylor Branch, preachers Nancy Benson-Nicol and Daniel Vigilante, historian William Yoo, and pre-conference anti-racism trainer Jessica Vazquez Torres
  • Publication of Renewing the Vision: Reformed Faith for the 21st Century, edited by Cynthia Campbell (Geneva Press, 2000)
  • Publication of Far From Home: Tales of Presbyterian Exiles (2004)
  • Publication of Frequently Asked Questions about Sexuality, the Bible & the Church (2006)
  • Publication of Guidelines for Examination of Church Officers (2006; rev. 2008, 2011)
  • Production of Turning Points: Stories of Life and Change in the Church, named Best Educational Video of 2004 by the Religion Communicators Council, shown at the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and broadcast on 100+ PBS stations
  • Participating actively in local conferences on The Unity We Seek in Our Diversity
  • Organizing successfully to defeat proposed Amendment 00-O, the “Limits on Prayer” amendment
  • Actively supporting implementation of the 2006 and 2008 G.A.’s Authoritative Interpretations on “departures”
  • Organizing three presbytery-wide campaigns to remove G-6.0106b from the Book of Order, culminating in the approval by the presbyteries of Amendment 10-A in 2011
  • Organizing to make clear that pastors have the discretion to conduct same-gender marriage services, and to amend the Directory for Worship on marriage in 2015
  • Issuing new Calls to Covenant Community, in celebration of the new ordination standard in G-2.0104 and the Marriage Amendment, 14-F
  • Working for the passage of resolution celebrating the gifts of LGBTQIA+ people and affirming the humanity and dignity of people of all gender identities at the 2018 General Assembly

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