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Adventist College Students and Politics

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Spectrum asks Roger Dudley about a new survey he recently completed that sheds light on political and religious views of Adventist college students.

Question: Tell us about your recent survey of Adventist college students and their political views.

Answer: We surveyed students at North American Adventist students about their political and religious views a couple of weeks before the presidential election in November 2008. The results are published in the latest issue of Spectrum.

Go Ye Into All the World

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David Park is a university student, and the president of ANEW - a network of Adventist university students that attend non-Adventist institutions. He talks to Spectrum about his organization, his goals and his convictions.

Question: ANEW is described as a retreat for Adventist college students attending non-Adventist schools - a weekend to get together, network, worship together and get inspired. How did you get the idea to start ANEW? Is this the first year the retreat has been held?

Mr. Bussey Goes to Washington

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Barry Bussey, a Canadian attorney, is going to work on Capitol Hill about the same time as Barack Obama moves into the White House. He has been elected to serve as the Adventist Church's liaison to the US government. Spectrum asked him about his new position, and his views on politics and religion.

Question: You were recently appointed as the new associate director for the world church's Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, serving as the church's liaison to the US Congress. When do you take up your new role and what will your primary duties be?

Let's Talk About Mission

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Gary Krause, an Australian born to missionary parents in Fiji, is director of the Office of Adventist Mission at the General Conference. His office funds mission work and prepares mission quarterlies, Adventist Mission DVDs and other communications about the mission work of the church.

Mission, always an integral part of the Adventist church and ideology, is also a concept that must evolve and change. Spectrum asked Krause about his definition of mission and his goals for the GC's mission office.

A Short History of a Spectrum Editor

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I interviewed Roy Branson for the Association of Adventist Forums' printed Annual Report, handed out at last weekend's Forum Conference in Orlando, Florida. But the Annual Report did not have enough space to capture all of Roy Branson's thoughts on the history of Spectrum, so the complete interview is published here.

Barry Lynn at the Forum Conference

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This morning Barry Lynn, a minister and lawyer and the high-profile executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, took the stage to talk about how separation is the cornerstone of our religious freedom.

He was incisive and humorous (as Charles Scriven later described) and his point was very clearly made.

Joel Hunter at the Adventist Forum Conference

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Live from the Adventist Forum Conference in Florida.

On the first night of the Adventist Forum Conference, the chairs were almost full with people who came to hear Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland church in Florida who has achieved national prominence.

The conference is taking place at the Mission Inn Resort and Conference Center in rural Howey-in-the-Hills, outside Orlando, Florida.

Far from the ruckus of Disney World and downtown, the conference center complex is surrounded by orange groves and horse farms.

The Story Behind the Slogans

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After the Spectrum blog featured a new business that crams traditional Adventist culture and stereotypes into clever T-shirt slogans, we thought we'd track down the young Adventist entrepreneurs behind the idea and ask them how their brand-new business got started.

Union College Prepares for Emergencies

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Jeff Joiner helped to start Union College's groundbreaking International Rescue and Relief program, teaching students emergency medical care, disaster management and a range of additional skills. He talks to Spectrum about how the program started and where its graduates are heading.

Question: How did the International Rescue and Relief program get started? What inspired it?

An Adventist College for the 21st Century

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Florida Hospital College President David Greenlaw talks to Spectrum about creating a different kind of educational institution and how Adventism can reach outside itself to the broader community.

Question: You are the founder of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. Can you describe what inspired you to start the college, and what led up to its opening?

Answer: First, some background might help. Florida Hospital is the largest SDA institution in the world. It has had a constant need for new professionals in nursing and allied health.

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