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.
A coalition of 41 faith leaders, under the umbrella Quaker lobbying group The Friends Committee on National Legislation, have called on Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria. By virtue of the alphabetical listing of signatories, the Adventist Peace Fellowship will be the first organization seen by those who read the letter.
Ryan Bell began his presentation on Sunday morning by playing a six-minute Mad TV video clip, in which a psychiatrist gives a patient this helpful advice for overcoming her many fears and problems: “Just stop it!”
When he took the platform, Bell told us he was going to talk to us about “How Interfaith Relationships Will (and Won’t) Save Us, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the World.”
Chattanooga, Tennessee, 7:30pm -- Today marks the first day of the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference: "A Third Way" in beautiful (and warm) downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Conference co-chair Brenton Reading welcomed about 150 people from all over the US (and Canada) in the ballroom of the Sheraton Read House Hotel at about 6:30pm EST.
1. 18-year-old Eduardo Marmolejo has been sentenced to 35 years without parole after he pleaded guilty to killing the principal of SDA Memphis Junior Academy, Suzette York, in 2011.