2009 Covenant Conference

The Church We Can See from Here


350 Presbyterians from around the country gathered at Cleveland’s Church of the Covenant for the 2009 Covenant Conference, “The Church We Can See From Here,” November 5 – 7.  A fifteen minute video ‘montage’ of the conference can be viewed here.

Four distinguished plenary speakers shared eye-opening addresses:

Worship services ranged from a joyful jazz combo accompanying the choir from neighboring Forest Hill Church, to a meditative sharing of scripture and stories led by Coe College students, to a glorious celebration with antiphonal organ and brass and combined choirs from Church of the Covenant and Fairmount church. In stirring sermons,

  • Melva Costen offered “A Few Words to Church Folks in Exile: Roll Up Your Sleeves!”.  The video of her sermon can be viewed here.
  • Gregory Bentley called on Presbyterians to go “Farther and Deeper“.   Check out the video of his sermon.
  • Ted Smith, who had led Q&A after each plenary presentation, touched on themes from all parts of the conference in his closing sermon, “The Body We Can See From Here.”    Watch the videotape of Ted’s sermonhere.

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

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