About Us

New Covenant Community (NCC)

NCC was founded in 1992. We are a union congregation, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Church of Christ. We are a progressive, Open and Affirming/More Light congregation which welcomes all persons into full participation in the life of our community, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation. NCC is also a member of Progressive Christianity.org, an ecumenical coalition of like-minded congregations who embrace the search for meaning in their lives and for justice in the world.

The format of most worship services (when we meet in person – we are currently gathering for worship on Zoom for the foreseeable future) includes time for reflection followed by community comment or discussion.  We come from various backgrounds and represent a range of ages and professions, and seek spiritual growth in a warm, intellectually challenging, Jesus-centered, justice-seeking community.  The sharing of the bread and cup is a central part of our worship and we meet around the table.  Communion has a number of symbolic meanings for us.  It is a reminder of the ministry of Jesus who, in a society marked by rigid social separations invited all sorts of people to be reconciled to God and to each other around the supper table.  We, who are many and diverse, also become one Community as we share one loaf. In the tradition of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we celebrate Christ’s open table every Sunday.  We invite all who wish to do so to participate in this symbolic meal with us.

 

Rev. Bryan Burris, Interim Pastor

Bryan is a native of central Illinois.  He attended Olivet Nazarene University, graduating with degrees in social work and psychology.  After graduation, he attended law school at the University of Illinois and practiced law for ten years.   Bryan then attended seminary and earned his Master of Divinity degree.  He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He lives in Bloomington with his wife Kathy and his son Pax.

2021 Steering Committee

Our congregation is governed by a Steering Committee, which has ten members (eight people elected by the congregation, plus the pastor).

Karen Rousey, Chair
Devon Lovell, Vice-Chair
Caroline Fox Anvick, Secretary
Suzie Hutton, Treasurer

At Large Members:
Mark Austill
Nikki Brauer
Alice Huhn
Joe White

Rev. Bryan Burris, Interim Minister

NCC Endowment Committee

Mark Austill, Brian Finch, Suzie Hutton, and Kim Tingley

Pastor/Parish Relations Committee

Nikki Brauer, Caroline Fox, David Hirst, Peg Kirk, Jim Turner

Jim and Gwen Pruyne Lectureship in Progressive Christianity Committee

Peg Kirk, Bob Lenz, Margaret Rutter, Garrett Scott, Peggy Scott, Mark Wyman

Campus Religious Center Board of Directors (NCC Representatives)

Mark Austill, Nikki Brauer, Brian Finch, Mark Lewis

Partners in Mission

Willemina Esenwein (Chair), Marla Finch, Pam Lubeck, Karen Rousey, Margaret Rutter, Mary Beth Taylor

Social Justice Group

Joe Boudreaux, Sarah French, Pam Lubeck, Margaret Rutter

Worship Planning Team

Donella Hess-Grabill (convener), David Hirst, Karen Rousey