Inclusive Language: In our life as a congregation, we are committed to using language that is rich, varied, expansive, biblically inspired and inclusive. We understand inclusivity to guide our gender language for human beings and God as well as informing sensitivity to issues like class, hierarchy and militarism. This commitment is relected in our worship services, hymns, prayers, and Biblical readings.
More Light and Open and Affirming: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people are actively welcome at Church of the Covenant and are fully included in all roles and functions within the congregation. We have a pioneering history of openness and support for the full inclusion of LGBT people in our congregation. We celebrate all marriages under the auspices of the UCC. We continue to work with both of our denominations and agitate for full equality and inclusion of LGBT people in both the UCC and the PC(USA).
Just Peace Statement and Commitment to Peacemaking
Responding to God's call, Church of the Covenant commits itself to peacemaking. In fulfilling this commitment, we will do peacemaking through:
Worship: provide worship that expresses the reality of God's peace giving;
Prayer and Bible study: encourage prayer, Bible study, and spiritual disciplines that nurture and deepen the spiritual life of the community and equip people to share the gospel message of peace to world;
Peacemaking in families and in community living: create opportunities for people of all ages to develop peacemaking skills such as conflict resolution, mediation, or nonviolence training that will help them grow as peacemakers in their families, in the congregation and in the community;
Community ministries: work with and support ecumenical and interfaith partners and other bodies in their pursuit of social, racial, and economic justice, to confront racism and all other forms of prejudice, and to respond to people in communities, local, national, and worldwide, who are caught in poverty, hurt by unemployment, or burdened by other problems;
Study and response to global issues: study global security concerns, work for worldwide arms control, and support alternatives to military solutions to international and civil conflicts;
Making peace with the earth: protect and restore the environment through study, advocacy, and individual and corporate lifestyle commitments;
Receiving the peacemaking and other special offerings: support financially the peacemaking efforts of both our denominations by receiving special offerings and through other means.
Adopted by the Council of Church of the Covenant on March 14, 2006 and by the congregation of Church of the Covenant on May 21, 2006.