Alexander Carpenter

This I Vote: An Election Day Prayer


An election day prayer from Rabbi David Seidenberg, a Conservative and Renewal leader of the NeoHasid.

With my vote today I am prepared and intending to seek peace for this country, as it is written:

Seek out the peace of the city where I cause you to roam
and pray for her sake to God YHVH, for in her peace you all will have peace. (Jer. 29:7)

May it be Your will that votes will be counted faithfully and may You account my vote as if I had fulfilled this verse with all my power.

Pacific Union College Show Tackles Prop 8

Blake and Alisa talk with Cristina Alba and Dr. Aubyn Fulton about Proposition 8, and why one is for it and the other against it.

Part 1 (10 min)

AI, Consciousness, God - The Future

OK, for those of you tired of all the political discourse of late, here's two really smart guys, Eliezer Yudkowsky (Singularity Institute, Overcoming Bias) and Jaron Lanier (Berkeley, Microsoft) discussing metaphysics and intelligence.

The Happy Sabbath Project - Join In


Wow, what an intense week. Less than one hundred hours to election day. Finally. And then there is a General Conference election to think about. . .

I'm ready for another vacation, and am so thankful for the Sabbath right now.

Did you know that this new site launched on Nov. 19? That means this new incarnation of Spectrum is almost a year old!

Come Thanksgiving Day, we've got some institutional things for which to be thankful.

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The 8 Controversy: Mega Update


In preparation for church chats and Sabbath afternoon conversations on what has turned out to be a pretty hot topic in Adventism, particularly in California, here's a roundup of what's been happening.

Happy Reformation Day: Read the 95 Theses



OCTOBER 31, 1517

Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.

In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

LLU gives big bucks to pass Prop. 3


From Inside Socal, Jason Pesick reports:

Loma Linda University normally doesn't get involved in political issues or elections. As an institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it doesn't want to blur the lines separating church and state.

Proposition 3 on the Nov. 4 ballot is an exception.

The $980 million bond measure would help improve children's hospitals in California.

Jere Patzer Passes Away - Updated: Memorial Info


From the North Pacific Union Conference:

(Update 10-28-08, see Memorial Service info below)

With deep sadness we share the news that Jere D. Patzer, North Pacific Union Conference president since 1996, passed away late Sunday evening, October 26, after a long battle with
non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 61.

Young Adventist Kenyan-Americans: Active for Obama


The Kenyan Daily Nation Sunday edition visits a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jersey City, New Jersey.

It looks like a typical storefront in a poor and black-dominated part of any large US city.
Entering the Community Services Centre of the Beth-El Seventh Day Adventist Church last Saturday afternoon, the Nation team was in for a cultural shock.

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