Alita Byrd

SDA Church Asks for Exemption in Order Banning LGBT Discrimination

Dwayne Leslie, director of legislative affairs at the General Conference, was one of a list of over 100 religious leaders who signed a letter this week asking US President Barack Obama for religious freedom protection in the executive order he plans to sign prohibiting federal contractors from considering sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring decisions.

Samuel Koranteng-Pipim Re-baptized

Samuel Koranteng-Pipim was re-baptized last Friday, June 20, at the Columbus Ghanaian Seventh-day Adventist Church in Columbus, Ohio, three years after his ministry for the church was terminated.

Critical Blog Posts, Pushing Women's Ordination Gets Mormons Excommunicated

The Mormon church has excommunicated the founder of a prominent women's group called Ordain Women, finding her guilty of apostasy (defined as "repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings") in a disciplinary hearing last weekend.

Kate Kelly created the organization that advocates for women to join the priesthood in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Go to Campmeeting Online

It's campmeeting season, but these days, you don't have to pitch your tent. You don't even have to get in your car. Now maybe watchng a service isn't the same as being a part of it, but you can attend many more campmeetings with the benefit of live streaming than was ever possible in the old days.

Behind the Scenes of The Desire of Ages Movie

Nancy Myers has directed and produced Jesus: The Desire of Ages, a full-length film about the life of Christ, based on the book by Ellen G. White. The movie is now being screened in churches around the US.

Publishing Houses Restructuring Plan Fleshed Out

More details about the restructuring plan of the North American Adventist publishing houses have been set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between the General Conference and the North American Division, dated June 12, 2014.

Seventh-Gay Adventists on iTunes

For anyone who hasn't yet watched the film Seventh-Gay Adventists, now is your chance. Today the Seventh-Gay Adventists film has made it to iTunes (English-speaking territories) and is available on iTunes for $7.99. Producer Daneen Akers says the prices have intentionally been kept low to make sure anyone who wants to engage with these stories can.

The film, which follows three gay Adventist couples, has been shown in special screenings and film festivals around North America and further abroad for the past two years.

Methodist Church May Split Over Sexuality Issues

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is not the only church struggling with issues of sexuality and church doctrine. An article from Religion News Service reports that a group of 80 pastors from the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the US, says a split in the church is imminent.

New President Named at Union College

Union College has hired its first woman president. Dr. Vinita Sauder replaces John Wagner, retiring this summer.



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