Alita Byrd

Former Adventist Defends Kim Davis

Last week, when the news broke that Pope Francis had met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the national controversy over her case was re-ignited. 

Tell the World Coming to a Screen Near You

Filmmaker Kyle Portbury directed a new full-length feature film about the history of the early Adventist church, with almost 100 actors, shot on location in an operating pioneer village in Ottawa, Canada. Tell the World was sponsored by the Australian Union Conference, and was designed to be translated into multiple languages and distributed globally.

The True Story of a Girl Born in the 20th Century, but Raised in the 19th

Chair of Andrews University's communication department, Rachel Williams-Smith, talks about growing up off the grid, and why she remains an Adventist today.

Painting for Understanding: Mindy Bielas Inspired by the Old Testament

Attendees of the Spectrum UltraViolet Arts Festival September 12 and 13 will see Mindy Bielas' paintings of biblical women; in this interview, she talks about how she uses her art in her academic work, as well as to help process social issues she is struggling with.

"Super Exhilarating:" Aaron Beaumont Reflects on the Life of a Musician

Musician and composer Aaron Beaumont, a graduate of Andrews University, has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians on music projects of all kinds, and toured and performed around the world. On September 12, he will give a concert at the Spectrum UltraViolet Arts Festival. In this interview, he tells us about some of his projects, including the musical Behind Closed Doors,  and his philosophy of music.

Singer Jennifer Knapp Shares Her Story of Being Christian and Queer

Ahead of headlining at our UltraViolet Arts Festival, award-winning recording artist Jennifer Knapp shares a little bit about her music and her advocacy for LGBTQ people of faith in this exclusive interview with Spectrum.

AUC Reopens This Week — Q&A with New President

Dr. Avis Hendrickson, the new president of Atlantic Union College, has a challenging role: resurrecting an institution that effectively closed down more than four years ago after repeated financial troubles and losing academic accreditation. She is working to attract students again to classes beginning August 24.

Why Hermeneutics is Our Biggest Problem

During the General Conference Session in San Antonio, David Ripley, Ministerial Secretary for the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, made a speech noting that the Adventist Church lacks a unified biblical hermeneutic (methodology for interpreting Scripture).

World Authority on Laughter Talks Us Through the Research

Dr. Lee Berk, associate professor at Loma Linda University, is a pioneer in mirthful or happy laughter research.

Sabbath Parade

Adventists from more than 160 countries made their way to the Alamodome for the Sabbath worship service. The sermon was given by General Conference Secretary G. T. Ng. Music was provided by a mass choir and orchestra. But before the Alamodome filled with somewhere around 50,000 worshippers, they had to get there. They walked from their hotels. They drove from around Texas and surrounding states.

Here is a photo gallery of the church-bound crowd. See anyone you know?

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