Twin Cities Exhibit Focuses on Covenant Faith Tradition

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 9, 2007) – The history and present of the Evangelical Covenant Church is on display this month at the American Swedish Institute as part of a series focusing on denominations formed by Swedish immigrants.

The exhibit opened July 1 and will continue through July 29. The institute initially planned to host the exhibit until July 22, but interest from Covenant churches in the area led the organization to extend the display one week, says Jim Hawkinson, executive secretary emeritus of publications for the denomination. Hawkinson was joined by others in designing and setting up the display, including Glen Wiberg, Mark Stromberg and the ASI curator of displays, Curt Pederson.

The display is designed around four questions important in the Covenant tradition, Hawkinson says: “Are you living in Jesus?” “How goes your life?” “Where is it written?” and “Who shall I send?” or “Who will go for us?”

Each special section includes readings written by Phil Anderson, professor of church history at North Park Theological Seminary. Anderson will give a lecture at 2 p.m. July 29.

The exhibit features items collected primarily from churches in the Twin Cities area. The film “A Great Ambition,” which tells the story of the denomination’s formation, is being shown, and part of the display also focuses on the work of artist Warner Sallman, as well as Covenant martyrs.

The exhibit is not simply about the past. The recent growth of the denomination as a multiethnic church also is highlighted. A Covenant News Service story from the 122nd Annual Meeting held in Portland last month also is displayed.

The Augustana Lutheran Synod was highlighted in June. The focus will be on the Evangelical Free Church in August and the Swedish Baptist (Minnesota Baptist Conference) in September.

All of the displays are complements to Sacred Beauty: Treasures from Swedish Cathedrals and Churches, which features works of contemporary ecclesiastical objects and textiles used in Swedish churches. For more information call the institute at 612-871-4907 or visit its website.

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