During a report to delegates at the 2014 Annual Council in Silver Spring, Maryland, the White Estate demonstrated the Pitcairn game. It may be the first time Annual Council delegates played a video game together.
In response to complaints that the "Find a Church" search function on adventist.org does not provide visitors with enough information on churches around the world, General Conference Communication officials have decided to add a user-generated rankings system for each church's potluck offerings.
In response to sketchy reports about the major faith and science conference held in Utah this past August, several of my church members, non-scientists, asked me about the current state of Adventist belief regarding creation. This article is a revised version of a column I wrote for our church newsletter. -John McLarty
YORBA LINDA - Retired Seventh-day Adventist neurosurgeon and prospective Republican White House candidate Dr. Benjamin Carson practiced what may become his campaign stump speech in front of a supportive crowd at the Nixon Presidential Library on Sunday. While Dr. Carson made no mention of his faith tradition, he sprinkled his prepared comments with references to God. The event was part of Carson's One Nation book tour.
The 32nd annual conference of the Association of Adventist Women opened on Thursday night, October 16, with a presentation by keynote speaker Ella Simmons, general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Simmons is the first woman to be voted into one of the GC’s vice president positions — a seat she has held for nearly 10 years.
The divisions have given their verdicts, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) has completed its studies and its vote, the annual council has voted how the issue will be presented at the General Conference Session in 2015.
For the past two-and-a-half days, the Association of Adventist Women has been meeting on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. Ella Simmons, first woman general vice president of the world church, was the keynote speaker for the annual conference, with the theme of Women Mentoring Women.
LOMA LINDA - Dr. Gillian Seton and Dr. James Appel, Adventist Health International missionary doctors to West Africa, told stories and gave recommendations concerning the Ebola crisis to an overflowing audience at Loma Linda University's Frank Damazo Amphitheater Friday evening. Loma Linda University's Global Health Institute hosted the vespers program as part of its 2014 Global Healthcare Conference.
There were some ah ha moments in the Annual Council deliberation on how to handle women’s ordination on Tuesday. One ah ha came early, during the morning devotional by Dr. Peter Landless as he described Jesus encounter with the woman at the well. “The woman proved to be a more effective missionary than Jesus’ disciples,” Landless said, and an audible ahhh rose from the audience.
Other ah ha’s have come to me in the hours since the meeting as I have thought and talked with others about what was and was not presented during this tightly scripted day.
Adventist neurosurgeon turned political figure Dr. Benjamin Carson now places second in an Iowa straw poll behind 2012 presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Carson has taken the first steps to running for president of the United States. via The Washington Post.
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell
ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2
015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe
r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra
m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor