There’s something rotten in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). It’s rotting from the inside due to the presence of wolves in sheep’s clothing like Peter Hawkinson, pastor of Winnetka Covenant Church…Hawkinson has been drifting in the direction of heresy for several years, but kinda, sorta started “coming out” in baby steps—always wearing sheep’s clothing—over the past two years beginning with the church leadership presenting to the congregation “a motion inviting the church leadership to propose to the congregation a specific program of purposeful discernment for addressing the issue of LGBTQ inclusion.” I kid you not. That’s what a December letter to the congregation said.
The reason why Hawkinson is doing this is simple: his location demands it.
When my grandfather was done (in his mind at least) with his aviation career in Washington and was ready to really take command at the family business, he bought a house in Winnetka. My grandparents lived there until they moved to Palm Beach; we lived in the same house until we moved the business to Chattanooga.
Today Winnetka is one of the most expensive places in the United States to live, or at least buy a house. It’s another one of those places which I cannot return to. My guess is that Hawkinson’s church is pretty high maintenance; without a congregation that’s at least holding steady and has a strong demographic to fill the offering plate, the “system maintenance” will get him and his church will close. He thinks that, if can appeal to an elite whose main goals in life are to get laid, high or drunk, he’ll be OK. He’s going to find out that such a move is a Faustian bargain, but, as my father used to say, too soon old and too late smart.
Personally I’d rather go to churches where there’s lots people from places Donald Trump doesn’t like. And I’d rather spend my time helping people not to have to move to this place. But that’s just me, I guess.