Charlotte Ishkanian recently stepped down from her travel-fueled job editing the Adventist Church’s Mission quarterlies, because of health reasons. In this exclusive interview, she reflects on her career with Mission and shares some insights about the places she has been and people she has met.
Question: You recently stepped down as editor of the Mission quarterlies for adults and children as well as the “Inside Stories” that appear in the Adult Bible Study Guides. How long did you serve in that role?
Today is a day for giving thanks. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of every November (Canadians in October), but it’s a good reminder that all of us, no matter where we live, have a lot to be thankful for. We offer thanks for the many blessings we have been given. We can also thank the people in our lives who have helped us in ways big and small, and had a hand in making us the people we are.
“That was a good achievement for me,” Adventist Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo told Spectrum, after winning the New York Marathon on November 3 with a time of 2:25:07. “I was not expecting to win in New York because it was my first attempt.”
Jeptoo passed Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, who had the lead for most of the race, at about mile 24.
In our quest to highlight the documents researched, written and presented by the different division’s Theology of Ordination Study Committees, we bring you this week excerpts from two reports on the issue of headship.
David Trim, director of Archives, Statistics and Research at the General Conference, talks about The Great Disappointment of 1844.
A new web series sponsored by the General Conference, called The Record Keeper, is about to be screened for the very first time. Spectrum interviewed two of the people behind the series. Garrett Caldwell, who holds a doctorate of ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, is public relations director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Jason Satterlund, who directed The Record Keeper, is a graduate of Walla Walla University, an independent movie producer and owner of Big Puddle Films.
1. The husband of an Adventist church member from Nairobi was one of the more than 60 people killed during the terrorist attack in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall. Harun Oyieke, a university lecturer, was the husband of Florence Awino, also a professor.
1. Three members of the Maranatha French Adventist congregation in Lauderhill, Florida are dead and 13 more are injured following a tragic September 14 accident on I-75 near Ft. Myers, when the church van's tire exploded en route to a Haitian Adventist Convocation in Tampa, and the vehicle flipped. The accident was on national news.
On August 21, the deadly nerve gas sarin was released east of Damascus, killing hundreds of people. Ten days later, President Obama said in a televised speech that the US had a moral responsibility to respond forcefully in Syria but he would not do so until Congress voted on the use of military force. Last week, he laid out a detailed case for a limited strike against Syria to punish it for its deadly use of chemical weapons.