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Bonnie Dwyer

Gratitude in the New Year

It was just about 5 o’clock on Tuesday when the phone rang. A reader in South Dakota was calling with his annual donation, and of course, to share stories. I heard about his trip to Alaska in his motorhome and the rocky road conditions in the Yukon. In my e-mail box, messages keep popping up through the day notifying us when an online donation was made.

Our Thanks and Gratitude for Those Who Gave

Giving Tuesday prompted a surge in donations to Spectrum. We received $12,216 from 34 donors. Our thanks to each and every one of them for making a difference in our community.

Thanks to Wayne in New Mexico, Gavril in North Carolina, Wendy in Texas, and Deanie in Georgia. How wonderful it is to be able to bring together people from across the United States. Thanks to Joyce in Oregon, Juli in Idaho, Carmen in Alabama, and Rosalie in New York.

Adventism in the Public Square

With the candidacy of Ben Carson creating new media interest in Adventism, the topic of Adventism in the Public Square chosen by the Adventist Society for Religious Scholars for their annual meeting could not have been more timely.  Last week the scholars met in Atlanta, Georgia to present papers, draft statements, worship and in all these things, explore the topic with creativity.  

Nine Seminary Professors Request Commissioned Credentials

In response to the July vote of the General Conference session, denying divisions the right to decide whether or not to ordain women to the pastoral ministry, nine professors at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University have requested to have their ordination credentials replaced with commissioned ministers’ credentials, the same credential given to women, according to Jiri Moskala, dean of the Seminary

Two Women of the Year Honored at GC

Two women who have served the General Conference with incredible spirit and grace were honored as Women of the Year at a Women’s Ministries (WM) Dinner Monday evening.

Annual Council 2015—Where Is The Real Mission Field?

Now that 92 percent of the 18.8 million Seventh-day Adventists live in the Global South, where are the mission fields today? In the secular north? In the 10/40 window?  In countries like Somalia and Yemen that have few if any Christians?

Annual Council 2015—General Conference Leaders Present "Appeal and Appreciation" on Ordination

On the first day of the General Conference Executive Committee’s Business Session, just before lunch, a document was brought to the floor responding to the San Antonio General Conference Session vote on ordination. Delegates were told that the General Conference and Division Officers have reviewed the document and approved it unanimously. But delegates were not asked to either discuss or vote on the document. It was simply read to them.

Annual Council Diary 2015—TMI's New Meaning

On Sunday, Andressa Duarte goes to the local radio station and records Bible stories for children, It is the first day of a busy week for the 13 year old. She has daily evangelism tasks. Tuesday she visits nursing homes, Wednesday is for social justice, Thursday she preaches in her home, Friday she holds a small prayer group, and Sabbath she invites kids to go to church with her.

Annual Council Diary 2015—Exploring Culture

Cross cultural communication got practiced extensively at “God’s Mosaic of Culture,” the 2015 Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Conference  that opened the General Conference Executive Committee’s annual meetings.

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