Alita Byrd

2015: The Year of the Adventist Politician (and Why 2016 Won't Be)

While there have long been prominent Adventist politicians in the US and around the world, the year 2015 saw an unprecedented spotlight on the Adventist Church as retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson

Reminiscing with the Curator of Christmas Stories

Christmas in My Heart Book 24 is out this year in time for Christmas. This series, edited by Joe Wheeler and published by Pacific Press as well as other publishers, has lasted for more than two decades. Wheeler, 79, has edited or authored 91 books and still keeps busy full-time. He talked to Spectrum about how the series began and why he still isn't tired of Christmas.

Adventist Hospitals Work to Influence National Healthcare Policy

Adventist healthcare providers around the country have joined forces to talk to Washington's lawmakers about transforming healthcare and a focus on prevention. Dr.

German Pastor Explains Why He Turned In His Credentials

Pastor Stephan G. Brass, pastor in a three-church district in the Southern German Union, has asked for commissioned credentials, in solidarity with Adventist women pastors. He talked to Spectrum about why he made the decision, and the reaction of colleagues, churchmembers and administrators.

Filmmaker Explores a God of Multiple Identities

Leslie Foster, Southern graduate and filmmaker, brought the beginning of his Ritual Cycle film installation to our UltraViolet Arts Festival in September. Now he is placing the project at an art gallery, hoping to push viewers into discomfort and exploring God beyond the little boxes.

Training Missionaries in a Multicultural World

Cheryl Doss, director of the Institute of World Mission at the General Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland, talks to Spectrum about the need for training missionaries, the explosion in numbers of short-term volunteers, and why the word “missionary” is still relevant.

John Brunt Reflects on 50 Years of Ministry

Senior pastor of California's 2,000-member Azure Hills Church, John Brunt, retired from his long career in the Adventist church two months ago. In his 50 years of service, he has seen the church grow and change and has been present at some pivotal moments. Spectrum asked Brunt about the milestones of his ministry, the evolution of his faith, his greatest disappointment and his advice to the next generation.

ADRA Serbia Assists Migrants

Igor Mitrović, Country Director of ADRA Serbia, describes the center ADRA has opened to help the river of refugees passing through Belgrade as they try to reach western Europe.

NAD Communicators to Strike Up a Conversation at Convention

Dan Weber, director of communication for the North American Division, gives us the lowdown on the Society of Adventist Communicators' annual convention next weekend, following Annual Council.

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. 

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