Annual Council Diary I
Every five years the Seventh-day Adventist church holds a General Conference session to elect officers, vote changes in the policies and practices of the church, and review beliefs and mission statements. The Annual Council session of the General Conference Executive Committee that vets all items for that meeting opened Thursday evening. Speculation about how the issue of women’s ordination will be handled has been swirling about since the completion of the Theology of Ordination Study Commission ended in a three-way divide over the issue.
La Conferencia Internacional sobre Biblia y Ciencia abrió con una gran explosión el viernes 15 del pasado agosto en Las Vegas, cuando el presidente de la Asociación General, Ted Wilson, dijo a los profesores, científicos y administradores presentes, y a pastores de todo el mundo que, "si uno no comparte la idea de que la tierra fue creada recientemente en seis días, entonces esa persona no es en realidad un adventista del Séptimo Día ".
Thank you, Spectrum readers. You have made possible the next big step in the history of our organization. Jared Wright begins his work as the full-time managing editor of the Spectrum website today.
With the successful fund raising campaign of the past year, the Adventist Forum Board of Directors decided to invest the additional resources into the growth area of our audience on the web site.
In philosophy and other areas of controversy, like politics, we often come to adopt a view on a disputed matter. When this happens, then even if you recognize the reasonableness of contrary views, you can come to really feel that your view is right, to the point that it can feel as if you know that it’s true. And I think that taking such a strong stand on a disputed issue can be good.
It seems that two species of male crickets in Hawaii have evolved an inability to sing so that they can escape killer flies.
As summer flows into fall, what could be a better way to spend a weekend than at the beach in San Diego? That’s what Adventist Forum will be doing October 3-5, and we’ll be staying at the San Diego Sheraton Marina Hotel. I tell you this because the deadline for hotel reservations at the special conference rate is September 3. It’s time to make that reservation.
The International Conference on the Bible and Science opened with a big bang on Friday August 15 in Las Vegas, when General Conference President Ted Wilson told the assembled professors, scientists, administrators and pastors from around the world that, “If one does not accept the recent six-day creation understanding of origins then that person is actually not a 'Seventh-day' Adventist.”
The ASI 2014 Town Hall meeting on August 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan presented and discussed questions about the Seventh-day Adventist church’s stance on several major issues including homosexuality, women’s ordination, the Spirit of Prophecy, the NAD moving out of the GC building, and the health ministry.
After three years of intensive meetings, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) Chair Artur Stele presented the committee’s report to the General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) on June 18, where it was simply received. ADCOM took no further action regarding the three possible ways forward in the TOSC recommendations, according to attendees, but will simply forward the report to Annual Council.