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Heavy Lifting

From circus school to national competitions, how one Covenanter discovered her inner strength—literally

Making Space for the Kingdom

Making Space for the Kingdom How ten congregations, representing a multitude of nations, languages, and faith experiences, have found a church home together by Jill Riley | February 6, 2020 At 11:00 on a Sunday morning in Texas, the large [...]

A New Shift for Swedish

A New Shift for Swedish Remembering the founding mission of Swedish Covenant Hospital as it concludes its 133-year-old relationship with the ECC and joins a large healthcare system in the Chicago area by Stan Friedman | February 4, 2020 In [...]

Life at the Border

Life at the Border   Behind the rhetoric, headlines, and statistics surrounding immigration are the stories of individuals and a Texas community living with the daily realities of a complex issue. by Stan Friedman | January 29, 2020 Above: As [...]

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Choosing Stillness

Red rocks at Mt. Sinai In my role as pastor, I preach about 40 sermons a year. While I’d like to think each one is received as a riveting, indispensable moment of heavenly wisdom for life, here’s a confession: some [...]

Resisting the Divide

In an episode of the TV dramedy Sports Night, wisecracking white sports anchor Dan Rydell (Josh Charles) is being reprimanded by his loving-yet-taciturn African American boss, Isaac Jaffe (the great Robert Guillaume), when Dan tries to defend his point of [...]

Enjoy Life

I recently learned that my maternal grandfather, a pastor who planted churches in Korea and founded a Korean American immigrant church in the United States, regularly conveyed these words of guidance to his own children: “Enjoy life.” It was with [...]

Lift Jesus Up, Carefully, Please

Breaking away from the pack to do something different can produce obvious benefits, but there can also be unintended consequences. In the Hamilton showstopper “The Room Where It Happens,” the titular hero lectures his frenemy Aaron Burr, “When you got [...]

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Heavy Lifting

From circus school to national competitions, how one Covenanter discovered her inner strength—literally