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%).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Andrews University students launched “Free Intelligent Conversation” three years ago and it’s grown into an international trend with people in cities from Illinois to Italy and everywhere in between participating. In this TEDx video, Kyle Emile discusses why he and some friends started the movement and how the world benefits from intelligent conversations.
In an interview with Spectrum, Carey Carscallen, Dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design at Andrews University, talks about the recently completed Tiny House Project and what it means for the Andrews community and beyond.
Question: What exactly is a “tiny house”?
Answer: A tiny house is a place for people to live who want a simpler life. You don’t need a lot of land or personal possessions, so it allows you to scale back and live more economically.
Hope is an easy concept to talk about, but not always easy to actively practice. As human beings, we hope for many things: health, happiness, and love, to name a few. As Christians, our hopes are even greater: we hope for Jesus’ soon return, to see Him face-to-face, to be reunited with loved ones in heaven.
An oft used phrase is, “our hope is in the Lord,” but what does this really mean? Truly, the Lord gives us hope, but what are we to do with that hope once we have it?