Alisa Williams

The Great Disappointment of 2015: The De-Valuing of Women

In the weeks leading up to today, October 22, 2015, I’ve seen numerous articles about the Great Disappointment of 1844 sprouting up around the internet. Some are humorous, others poignant and thought-provoking. Many mention the more recent heartache of the General Conference Session in San Antonio, that some are calling, aptly, “The Great Disappointment II.” 

The Very Top of Summer

A flash of heat lightning. The smell of freshly cut grass. The insistent hum of cicadas. The sights, sounds, and smells of summer are at their peak in August.

As author Natalie Babbit writes in her classic children’s novel, Tuck Everlasting:

A Challenge to Fellow Millennials: Be the Change You Wish to See

In the wake of the women’s ordination vote on Wednesday, July 8, during General Conference Session 2015, many Millennials have expressed pain and frustration over the outcome. Some have even questioned whether there is a place for them within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Below, young adults share their call to fellow Adventist Millennials:

#GCFashion: A Celebration of Diversity

Last Sabbath, July 4, General Conference Session 2015 attendees flooded into the Alamodome and Convention Center dressed in traditional attire from their home countries. To celebrate this beautiful display of the diversity present in the Seventh-day Adventist church, we took to Twitter with #GCFashion. Here is a roundup of the best of the best from last week.

Millennials Respond to the Vote on Women’s Ordination

Day Seven, (Wednesday, July 8), of the General Conference Session saw the vote on women’s ordination. There were a total of 2,363 ballots cast with 977 “Yes” votes (41%), 1,381 “No” (58%) votes, and five delegates who abstained (1%).

Millennials Respond to Ted Wilson’s Re-Election

Day Two, (Friday, July 3), of the General Conference Session saw the re-election of Ted Wilson. Though several delegates asked that the recommendation of Wilson be referred back to the nominating committee, in the end, Wilson’s re-election stood and was voted in by a very wide margin of delegates.

David Trim Explains the Disjuncts in Adventist Membership Numbers

On Friday morning at General Conference Session in San Antonio, David Trim, Director of the General Conference Office of Archives and Statistics, delivered a brief statistical report on the membership of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

He started by explaining that membership was, and continues to be, overstated and exaggerated. Membership stats are inflated because of systemic failure to accurately report losses, which includes deaths and loss of living members.

How Millennials Perceive the General Conference

Day One of GC Session 2015 is complete, and as a Millennial observing the session, it was hard to miss that young adults are a rare sight on the Alamodome floor. As Spectrum previously reported, only 6% of GC delegates are under 30. Only 10% are ages 30-39. These two groups make up 62% of church membership, so it’s fair to say we are an extremely under-represented demographic.

Multiple Faiths Raise Funds to Rebuild Black Churches

The Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopal congregation in St. Louis, Missouri, has established a fund to benefit the predominantly black churches that have been attacked by arsonists in recent weeks.

The Beauty and Brilliance of Nature

Torrential rainfall, stifling heat, spectacular lightning, and a lone rose blooming in the backyard all served to remind me this week of the beauty and brilliance of nature.

One of Robert Frost’s 1915 poems, entitled Rose Pogonias, comes to mind as I reflect upon the variety of spectacular sights, sounds, and smells the Lord has created for us:

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