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Sunday, March 10, 2024

An Open And Affirming Community Of Faith -

We Welcome All Beliefs!

  • Sage meets every Friday at 1 PM. Check here for the church calendar for the link.


  • If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to update our video greetings for the Passing of the Peace! A short (5-10 seconds) video is all that’s needed, and phone recordings are fine! Or Rox can record you after church! Send your recordings to and she will add it!


  • Holy Covenant t-shirts available to order. See below!

  • Pot Luck 3/24 after service - see below

  • Worship team meeting Wednesday, March 13th via Zoom. You should have received the agenda and link. Contact Rev. Martha if you have not.

  • Meditation on Wednesday, March 20th at 7 pm
  • Looking ahead to May and June, if you would like to add or update a photo of your mom (Mothers Day in May) or father (Fathers Day in June), or of someone who was a parental figure to you, dig those pictures out to send to Roxann.

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Lani Ka'ahumanu (1943--)

Leader of Bisexual Rights

The National Women's History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2024 theme celebrates “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.” This theme recognizes women who understand the need to eliminate bias and discrimination from individuals' lives and institutions.

Lani Ka’ahumanu, a leader of the bisexual rights movement in the U.S., has worked for greater visibility for bisexuals both within the LGBTQ movement as well as broader society. An author, community organizer, and health advocate, she has been a driving force behind the fight against biphobia since 1980.

Lani Ka’ahumanu was born in Edmonton, Alberta on October 5, 1943 and grew up in the Bay Area. Her mother was of Native Hawaiian, Japanese and Euro descent and her father had Irish and Polish Jewish ancestry. Ka’ahumanu often passed for white, due to her light skin and features, and from a young age she saw how she was treated differently than her mother and sister as a result. These experiences with racial bias and passing informed her advocacy for social justice and bisexual rights and visibility later in life.

Ka’ahumanu married her high school sweetheart when she was 19. She settled in to life as a suburban housewife and the mother of two children. Ka’ahumanu grew more politically active in the 1960s: she joined Another Mother for Peace, an anti-war advocacy group; collected food for the Black Panther free breakfast program; and supported the United Farm Workers’ grape boycott. Buoyed by the women’s movement, she started taking college courses and began going by Ms. instead of Mrs.

By the late 1960s, Ka’ahumanu recognized that she was unhappy, but could not determine why. She was leading the life of marriage and motherhood that she had been raised to desire. Her husband figured it out first, telling Ka’ahumanu that she had never had a life of her own, that she needed to experience independence. He took care of their children while she moved to an apartment nearby and continued working at the children’s school. She eventually moved to San Francisco. The two divorced amicably in 1974.

Ka’ahumanu continued her education at San Francisco State University (SFSU), where she took part in the successful campaign to establish a Women Studies Department. In 1976, Ka’ahumanu came out as a lesbian. She thrived in the burgeoning feminist community, one made up largely of lesbian feminists and separatists. Ka’ahumanu acknowledges she supported the commonly held idea that there are only two sexual orientations before realizing that she herself was bisexual.

In 1979, Ka’ahumanu earned a B.A. in Women Studies from SFSU. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She took a summer job as a chef at a new-age resort in Mendocino County called The Village Oz. There, Ka’ahumanu struck up a friendship with a bisexual man. Soon, their relationship became romantic, causing Ka’ahumanu to struggle with her identity. She later attributed her reluctance to identify as bisexual to her belief that bisexuality did not exist. When she moved back to San Francisco as an out bisexual in 1980, she knew she would be ostracized from her lesbian community. Many of her old friends did distance themselves, but a few stuck by her.

At first, Ka’ahumanu described herself as a lesbian-identified bisexual, to demonstrate her continued alliance with the lesbian feminist community, despite her relationship with a man. Soon, though, Ka’ahumanu dropped the “lesbian-identified” qualifier and began organizing a bisexual community within the lesbian and gay community in San Francisco.

In 1983, she co-founded BiPOL, the first feminist bisexual political action group in the country. Ka’ahumanu then co-coordinated the San Francisco Bay Area Bisexual Network (BABN) in 1987. BABN offered an array of programming, including cultural and educational forums, social retreats, and a newsletter that became the first national bisexual magazine, Anything That Moves. 

Ka’ahumanu’s organizing efforts expanded when she met with bisexuals from around the country at the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987. Spurred by a call from the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network to organize nationally, Ka’ahumanu and fellow activist Autumn Courtney worked with BiPOL and BABN to coordinate the first National Bisexual Conference in 1990, where BiNET USA, the first national bisexual rights group, was founded.

When organizing began for the 1993 March on Washington, Ka’ahumanu challenged lesbian and gay leadership to include bisexuals in the name of the march, citing growing bisexual visibility and inclusion throughout the country. She organized a 12-city campaign for bisexuals to canvass prominent local lesbian and gay leaders for their endorsements. The campaign was successful, but there was a catch – they had to remove the “sexual” from “bisexual.” The full name read: “The 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation.”

Ka’ahumanu was the only openly bisexual person invited to speak on the march’s main stage, where she was the last of 18 speakers. The event ran long, her time was cut short, and the stage was being dismantled behind her as she spoke. Despite these obstacles, Ka’ahumanu was proud of what they achieved: “We were at that national table. We did the work. We got the votes. We were there."

Ka’ahumanu published the anthology Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out in 1991. Co-edited with Loraine Hutchins, the book is considered a major text in the modern bisexual rights movement and was listed by the Lambda Book Review as one of the top 100 GLBT books of the twentieth century.

Ms. Magazine recognized Ka’ahumanu, who had become a safe sex educator in the early 1990s, in its 1994 “50 Ways to be a Feminist” issue for her work with the Safer Sex Sluts. Ka’ahumanu organized the group while coordinating an American Foundation for AIDS Research grant for Lyon-Martin Health Services’ outreach program, which targeted young lesbian and bisexual women at high-risk for HIV/AIDS. Safer Sex Sluts conducted interviews and performed comedic skits that demonstrated the erotic side of safer sex practices in an amusing way.

Ka’ahumanu was the first openly bisexual person to be invited and to sit on any national lesbian and gay organization’s board of directors; she concluded her term on the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s board in 2000. Ka’ahumanu is currently completing her activist memoir, My Grassroots Are Showing, and a book of poetry, Passing for Other.

Taken from National Womens History Museum


NOW AVAILABLE! ORDER NOW! Show your support of Holy Covenant by buying a t-shirt. Many sizes, shirt types and colors to choose from. These shirts will be used throughout the year when we attend Pride parades or fests and for our garage sales so we are known to our neighbors. A small portion of the proceeds goes to Holy Covenant. Any questions please see Roxann Victory or email her at

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Join us at Pub 78 in beautiful downtown Brookfield for no-host dinner and/or drinks. conversation and good times from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Time: 6 pm, Thursday, March 14th.

Pub 78

3733 Grand Ave

Brookfield, IL 60513



MARCH 24, 2024

Spring is in the air and we're excited to celebrate with our third potluck of the year! Join us on Sunday, March 24th, immediately following church.

 We can't wait to see what delicious dishes everyone will bring, so we suggest bringing a tasty mediterranean dish. This could be anything Italian, Greek, Lebanese, Egyptian, Spanish, Sicilian Etc.

To ensure we have a variety of dishes, we have a sign-up sheet downstairs. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share a meal and fellowship with your church family. See you there!


This week, Jim Ulisse and Rev. Martha voted on the Board of Elders and all appointees were affirmed by over 85% in both the Lay and Clergy Houses of the Special General Conference.

To see the vote of Affirmation Results -Record of Actions of the 23024 Special General Conference you can see the detailed results may be in our resource bank at this link.


In late October 2023, MCC sponsored seven webinars, held in different time zones around the world. Over 60 MCCers attended (plus many of the Council of Elders, Governing Board and staff), symbolizing a good cross section of MCC in terms of nationalities and languages. For the first time, real time, simultaneous translation services were provided by a professional translation service, allowing all MCC attendees to fully participate in the Portuguese/English session and the Spanish/English session. 

Ideas were collected and they are summarized here. Those who participated in the webinars form only part of the whole body of MCC. However, there were common themes and threads. Using those common themes and threads, we want to also ask you for your suggestions about the priorities from your perspective.

The dreaming sessions were just that. People were invited to dream without limitations of time, energy, money or other resources. We recognize that there may be constraints regarding resources, when wanting to turn dreams into reality. It takes creativity and a willingness to be open to new possibilities, in order to make best use of the resources that are available. 

So here is some good news! Even with the massive impacts of the global pandemic, local churches and donors have been steadfast and generous in their support of MCC’s ministry worldwide. This has allowed the Governing Board and staff to make significant strides to financial health. MCC has stayed within its operating budget for the past 4 years and has built up its operational reserve, which is deposited in a savings account, generating interest income. The Endowment Fund is growing and will be large enough to draw income from in the future. We are changing some of our internal systems, so that MCC is getting better value for money on items like software. All of this means that MCC can begin to fund some of our dreams and growth! And, the Moderator has an important announcement in the video!

Your voice matters! Will you please take the time to offer your ideas now to help us prioritize how we support local churches, as well as regional, national and global needs?

The Moderator's video message is here - please watch it before completing the survey here

MCC Senior Leadership Team

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator

Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez

Kirk Blandford, CPA




Join us TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2024 at 11am to noon (CST)!

This month we welcome Jen Dentel from Gerber/Hart Library & Archives to discuss several women highlighted in their 2022 podcast Unboxing Queer History, including Lorrainne Sade Baskerville, the founders of Amigas Latinas, and the women of the Great Angling Lesbian Society, whose work impacted Chicago LGBTQ+ history. Founded in 1981 and located in Chicago's Rogers Park Neighborhood, Gerber/Hart is one of the largest repositories of LGBTQ+

content in the world. Join us as we dive into their amazing collections!

Join by clicking 

 or dial 312-626-6799 and enter ID: 966 6129 4106 at prompt

This event is free; registration is not required.

Download the EVENT flyer here.


On April 4th from 6 to 8 pm, there will be an Inter-generational Dinner & Dialogue. This is free and open to all ages over 18 and stages of life. You can download a flyer for this here. Registration is required and can be done at A waitlist may be possible so register early.


The next Board meeting will be held on March 21st, 7 pm at the church.

You can find all the Board agenda, minutes and financials on our website. They are also posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

You can find a PDF of the past Board Meetings Agenda, Minutes and church financials here




10:00 AM CST

Our worship celebration is every Sunday at 10 am CST. If you would like to join us you may join us in person or go to our Facebook page at Holy Covenant Facebook Page and click on the LINK to YouTube to watch the service.

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

Sermon Title - "Striking a Balance"

Have a candle ready to light, a cookie or bread, and a glass of your favorite libation for communion if you are watching online.

You can also find previous services on our YouTube Channel here.

Rev. Martha is available by email, phone, Facebook Messenger, and text for any pastoral needs you may have


Do you feel a call to help with worship? To read a prayer, or a reading, or to usher or serve communion? Whether you are here in person or virtually, we need and want your gifts! Contact Rev. Martha or Roxann at


Join us all month long for informative seminars, health programs, fitness, entertainment, and more!
Hello Neighbors! Below is our June schedule. Join us all month long for informative seminars, brain health programs, fitness, history, entertainment, and more online and in person! Just click here for the list of classes.

We encourage you to share our class schedule with friends, family, and neighbors, near & far, of any age – everyone is welcome to join us! All of our classes are free & no advance registration is required. We hope to see you soon on Zoom!

Thank you all for being a part of the Aging Well Neighborhood!

For questions about the programs listed, please email



Penzy's Spices is working on coming out with their first catalog in quite some time. At the moment they are not entirely sure what this means and what format it will end up in. But what I am sure of is that I want it to be a Mother's Day issue and I want it to feature the moms of transgender and non-binary kids.

To help our nation see transgender and non-binary children as real people, a Mother’s Day catalog of spices featuring the moms of transgender and non-binary kids is a good idea. For young people in most cities of any size this isn’t an issue because they’ve known transgender people their whole lives. But for older people in rural areas this is still just such a dangerous issue for kids. We think seeing young transgender kids through the love of their moms will help.

In the times we live, our catalog is not going to include names, or towns, or identifying information. But it is going to be the recipes moms love to share. And stories of why their kids are so lovable and such good people and know who they are. And ideally a few images now and again of a favorite toy, loved pet, or that piece of art that they did that you will treasure forever.

If this sounds like something you see the value in being anonymously part of we sure would like to hear from you. Maybe you just want to write 4-5-600 words yourself and send it along with a couple recipes. But mostly we are just looking to talk with you and write something up from the conversation.

And perfectly written out recipes are great, but don’t sweat it. We know a whole lot of you cook right from the heart and never measure anything. We’ve gotten pretty good over the years at turning a list of ingredients into measurements that work and are tasty, too.

If you could help us with this, please email us at and we will set up a time to talk. You’re a nice person. We’re nice people. It will be a fun conversation. Thanks!

Taken from a recent email from Penzy Spices.



Food insecurity has become a public health crisis that continues to affect our communities, with an alarming increase of 19 in the number of households facing hunger compared to pandemic levels. The situation is even worse for Black households, as the number has risen by 37%. With the recent cancellation of extra money in the SNAP program, it is now more vital than ever to support organizations like Share Food Share Love.

By donating to the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry, you can make a real difference in the lives of those who are struggling to put food on the table. With just a $1.00 donation, you can help provide 3 meals for a family in need. Your generosity can help ensure that our neighbors do not go hungry.

We are calling on all members of our community to help us fight food insecurity by donating to the Share Food Share Love Food Pantry. There is a food box located in front of Tischler's where you can drop off your non-perishable food items 2/47 or bring your food donations to the church and we will take it over. Let's come together to support each other during these challenging times. Thank you for your support!

If you live in the surrounding area of Brookfield, you may qualify to be our neighbor at Share Food, Share Love. You can stop in on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9 pm and Saturday mornings 10 am to 12 pm to apply and gather up some food for you and your family. If you do come, please try to bring your own reusable bags but if you forget, we will have bags for you.

The food box located in front of Tischler's where you can drop off your non-perishable food into this box 24/7!

Thank you!



West Suburban Senior Services (previously known as West Suburban SAGE) a social support group for LGBTQ seniors, meets both via ZOOM and in person on Fridays at 1 pm. Please contact Eric Eugenio Vironet ( if you plan to attend in person as space is limited.

On April 1 at West Suburban – AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for suburban Cook County, will host a Legislative Breakfast at West Suburban at 10AM. This event welcomes Cook County federal, state, county, and local officials to discuss issues facing older adults. You are invited to attend! You must register prior to the event – you can scan the QR code on the flyer which can be downloaded below or register here:

AgeOptions 2024 Legislative Breakfasts

West Suburban March Activity Calendar click here

West Suburban March Menu click here

West Suburban Senior Services website click here

WSSS Facebook Page click here


Rev. Daniels Reading/

Listening/Watching Suggestions

I am, as all of you probably have noticed, a voracious reader! One of the downsides to reading is the cost of books. Well, here are some suggestions to help you read the books you want to read without breaking your budget!

1. Use your library! As a former librarian, I encourage the use of your public library! Using the free Swan+ app, you can search for any books (video, audiobook, e-book, etc.) and if an item isn't held in your local library, it is automatically requested for you from another library. You can choose where it will be held for you (maybe the library close to your work, maybe one you just like better). Note that if it is a title in high demand, residents of the library district that owns the title have priority. Holds can be suspended, if you need to, and you won't lose your place. Also note that e-books are on a kind of subscription basis for the libraries, and there may be more requests for a title than the subscription permits, or the subscription may have expired. Libraries also allow you to check out e-versions of magazines! Many also have libraries of things--tools, kitchen appliances, etc.--that you can borrow for a project when you don't want to buy the item. Many also have "maker labs" where you can print in a variety of media, including in 3D, create computer graphics, and more.

2. Little Free Libraries! Maybe you've seen those small boxes in a neighbor's yard, maybe painted bright colors. Little Free Libraries operate on the principle of ‘take when you like, leave what you are done with.” They’re a grab bag; you're not likely to find the latest bestseller in a Little Free Library, but there are many other choices! We have our own version in the Fellowship Hall by my office! Check it out!

3. Online booksellers like AbeBooks (owned by Amazon), Powell’s (they have a warehouse here in Chicago, so ordering from them may get you the books a bit faster), Half Price Books, and more. is a website for independent bookstores--which includes our own local Anderson’s, as well as many women-, LGBTQ+-, and minority-owned bookstores. You won't get the lower prices of the used book stores, but you'll be supporting local, independent stores!

3) Trade with your friends! I've done a few book-swap parties, and they're a lot of fun. Everyone brings the books (or CDs, DVDs, etc.) they want to swap, and everyone gets to choose what they want to take home! I once scored a full boxed version of Angels in America at a book swap, and another time a pile of five lesbian-themed mysteries.

4. Finally, Amazon is not my favorite place to buy books, but if you are looking for used books, you can choose "other buying options" when you are shopping for books, and that allows you to compare the prices for used books from several booksellers.

Happy reading!



The next date for meditation with Mary Ann will be on Wednesday March 20th at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

For more information about meditation please contact Mary Ann Latsaras at


We have updated our "needs" list online at Amazon. We ask that you look at our list of what items we are in need of and purchase something for the church.

This list is available to see here HC Need List and is updated as needed. You can order and pay for anything off this list and have it shipped directly to the church. We appreciate anything you can order for us!

We thank you for your continued support of Holy Covenant!


Contact the Center for Disability & Elder Law at Center for Disability and Elder Law. Click this link to see more information and links.

We mourn and pray for all the families who have suffered personal losses from gun violence at our schools, churches, and hospitals. public venues and other places.

Prayers for Chris to feel God's peace at the death of her mother.1

Prayers for Jim U's mom and Aunt Carol, who's husbands have passed away.1

Prayers for Pat Mc. who's long-time friend Nancy Heiss passed away on March 1st and peace for Pat as she handles all the arrangements.1

Prayers for Marion dealing with the loss of her son and husband all in the past year.1

Prayers for Sue dealing with loss of her husband, Ron and starting back into the workforce so soon after her husband passing away.1

Prayers for Barbara's neighbor Christine C. who had the flu and is now battling Covid.1

Prayers for Barbara R.'s daughter Bonnie who is having medical issues and for Joyce with pneumonia.2

Prayers for Barbara R., Mary Ann & Jeni.2

Prayers for Rev. Doreen S. who had her knee replaced on Wednesday for speedy healing.2

Prayers for Jim U. for his skin cancer surgery.3

Prayers for the family and friends of Wesley Stover after his sudden passing.3

Prayers for Rev. Jonathan and Dani whose cancer has spread and had undergone surgery on Tuesday.3

Prayers for those with harden hearts that feel the need to deface places of worship.

Prayers and strength for Ukraine, for those who are relocating, and to end the war and unnecessary deaths.

Prayers for all our first responders that they stay safe while helping others.

Prayers that God will provide for those who are hungry, unemployed, and homeless,

or in financial difficulties.

All those affected by HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, COVID-19, and other life-threatening illnesses.

All communities of faith.


There is a universal help line 211 for Cook County. They can help residents with housing, food, health services and more. It is a 24 hour seven day a week operation and have trained professionals answer the phone and are able to help you

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Need someone to talk to? Call the suicide lifeline by dialing 988.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Health
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