Stan Friedman

News Editor, Writer

Location icon United States

I have more than 30 years experience as a staff writer, freelance journalist, and editor. During that time, I have written for St. Louis Magazine, Kansas City Magazine, The Topeka Capital-Journal, Christian Century, Christianity Today, and the Covenant Companion. I have reported from Unalakleet, Alaska, located on the Bering Sea; South Sudanese refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia; Earthquake-ravaged Haiti; the northwest region of the Democratic Republic of Congo; as well as Israel and Palestine. My work has received awards for excellence by the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association.

Portfolio
Covenant Companion
05/30/2019
The Scars of Conscience - Covenant Companion

TROY PARSON WAS A TEENAGER when he sensed a call to become a military chaplain. His father was a U.S. Army nurse, and Troy grew up attending base chapels, which offered various ministries and group studies. He saw the positive influence chaplains had on the life and moral development of the community, and he hoped to make a similar impact.

Covenant Companion
03/15/2019
Seeking Safety - Covenant Companion

His family screamed and cried as he was led away. He found out later that Sofia and their daughters slept on the floor that night. The next day, an officer had mercy on Adriel, telling him, “You need to see your daughters and say goodbye because you are going to spend a long, long time away from them.” The officer was right. It would be ten months before Adriel saw his family again.

Covenant Companion
06/23/2016
One Body? - Covenant Companion

To many American evangelicals, we are irrelevant - Yohanna Katanacho It's quite amazing to me that I, the occupied, am asked to recognize the right of my occupier to exist. Well, does Israel recognize my right to exist?

Covenant Companion
01/05/2018
Culture of Adoration - Covenant Companion

Tim Lowly's large-scale triptych "Culture of Adoration," disorients first-time observers, who find themselves gazing down upon his students drawing the artist's profoundly disabled daughter, Temma. Centered in the foreground, she is one focal point, but so also is the broad ring of students in various shades of light and detail, filling the rest of the canvas.

Christianity Today
Magic

At times, it seems the self-described "lapsed Catholic" has a better understanding of the gospel than many artists who perform in the Christian genre.

Covenant Companion
08/13/2015
When Busing Worked in Ferguson-Florissant District - Covenant Companion

When courts ordered that the Ferguson-Florissant district annex the much poorer Berkeley and Kinloch districts, it was subsequently decided to bus the Kinloch students. At the time, McCluer North was considered one of the best high schools in the state with programs that served as models for others around the country.

Covenant Companion
12/01/2014
Conversations in the Vast Middle

Public radio host and author Krista Tippett talks with Stan Friedman about civility, social media, and Einstein. Listener of the public radio show On Being are treated weekly to an exploration of human spirituality and faith as host Krista Tippett interviews an array of guests ranging from scientists to poets.

Covenant Companion
08/08/2017
Redemption Song - Covenant Companion

But all of that disintegrated. Bridget's husband was verbally and emotionally abusive. She got hooked on alcohol and crack. The couple separated. She was living with her children, but her home had become a haven for drug addicts. She was arrested and convicted on drug and child endangerment charges.

Covenant Companion
05/02/2017
Reimagine That - Partners in Community: No Place Like Home - Covenant Companion

Discussing plans to renovate homes in their neighborhood: Teddy Campbell (left), Lernie Jones, Lance Davis, and Cortez Atkins About that time he met Debbie Griffith-Samuels and Jerome Nelson of the Central Conference. They began talking about New Zion joining the Covenant-which they did in 2012.

Covenant Companion
10/01/2011
A Profile in Courage and Compassion

I'll always remember where I was on 9/11, I'll always remember where I was when Kennedy was shot. I'll always remember where I was when the Challenger exploded. And I'll always remember where I was on November 8, 2008," says Richard Moore, pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Sloan, Iowa.

Covenant Companion
10/01/2014
Accessory to the Word - Covenant Companion

In an age of instant information and immediate response, Covenant theologian C. John Weborg embodies a deep and continuous engagement with community and Scripture. John Weborg slowly and deliberately made his way across the podium and took his seat on the stool behind the lectern as he prepared to preach at the opening service of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Covenant Companion
11/18/2016
The Awful Command to Love our Enemies - Covenant Companion

By Stan Friedman Many of us are angry these days. We feel betrayed or fearful. I haven't been sleeping. I woke up again at 2:30 this morning because I am feeling all of those things. And I don't foresee any of that changing any time soon.

The Christian Century
2009
Postville Burnout

Churches help community after raid shuts down plant

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