Seeking Justice, and Benefits, For Surviving Spouses of Church Workers

For the past several months, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians has been working together with the Rev. Janet Edwards and our friends at More Light Presbyterians on an important effort to correct a lingering injustice. We are pleased to announce, with the cooperation of the Board of Pensions, steps toward a solution. But we need […]

CovNet Celebrates the Work of GA222: Real Progress Toward a More Just and Generous Church

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians celebrates the accomplishments of the 222nd General Assembly! Over and over, this Assembly advanced the cause of inclusion and unity, affirming LGBTQ people and moving us in concrete ways toward being a church as generous and just as God’s grace.

A traditional marriage liturgy

As congregations continue to rejoice in the attainment of marriage equality in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), couples are working with pastors to craft meaningful worship services to celebrate their covenant commitment. Some are developing new forms, and others prefer a traditional liturgy.

Bryant Hand and Chase Robinson chose the traditional route, and have graciously shared their order of worship.

Letters from the Heart

Ruling Elder Bob Coates from Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida, offers a website with resources collected during his congregation’s conversation about same-gender relationships. The Palma Ceia Session voted to affirm their pastors’ discretion in deciding which marriages to perform in their sanctuary.

The New W-4.9000: A History

As of June 21, all amendments to the Book of Order proposed by the 221st General Assembly (2014), having been approved by a majority of the presbyteries, have now taken effect. Read the story of Amendment 14-F, which is now W-4.9000.

Encouraging the Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the cases that could bring nationwide marriage equality — consolidated and known as Obergefell v. Hodges — the Justices had access to numerous friend-of-the-court briefs encouraging a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs seeking the freedom to marry and the recognition of their marriages by all states. The Covenant Network was pleased to participate as an amicus curiae, joining a number of other faith-based groups