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Orlan Johnson, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, shares advice on how to be an effective Christian witness in public service at the June Religious Liberty Summit in Silver Spring, Maryland.
1. A Pakistani Seventh-day Adventist has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of sending a blasphemous text message (insulting Prophet Muhammed and Islam). Sajjad Masih Gill pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer contends that he did not own the phone the message was sent from, and there was no evidence against him.
The General Conference has hired communications and public relations firm Allison + Partners to help raise awareness of the church and educate the public about its mission, as the church celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Allison + Partners’ work will focus primarily on message development, media relations and social media strategy, according to Greg Dunn, managing director in the agency’s Chicago office and a Seventh-day Adventist church member.
David Asscherick, co-founder of ARISE, preaches at Impact SA, the Adventist Youth Conference.
Jonathan Duffy, ADRA’s new president, talks to Spectrum about his vision and priorities for the agency, and the changes he hopes to make.* Duffy says he plans to strengthen ADRA’s relationship with the church and work to bring back the confidence of the staff after the turmoil and mass dismissals of the last few years.
This week about 3,100 Adventist young people from around the world are meeting in a conference center in Pretoria, South Africa, following a week of community service projects around the country. On Sabbath, organizers are hoping to bring in many more people to a 30,000-seat stadium in the township of Atteridgeville outside Pretoria.
The Adventist University of the Philippines is planning to open a medical school, accepting its first class of 20 students in June 2014. AUP’s medical school will be the sixth accredited medical school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Loma Linda University, the Adventist church’s first medical school, will work closely with AUP in developing its medical school, Loma Linda announced in a press release yesterday.
1. The local Pathfinder Club won the float competition and a $1,500 prize in Saipan's annual Liberation Day parade, with its float called "Go Green for God: The Creator's Call to Conservation."
A very strange story has been winging its way around cyberspace over the last four days: The Muslim Brotherhood said on its official website that Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, is considered to be a Seventh Day Adventist (sic), and therefore is of Jewish descent.
The article went on to connect Mansour’s appointment as president to a global conspiracy involving the US and Israel.