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.
La discusión teológica sobre la sumisión a las autoridades de la que habla Pablo en varias de sus cartas, (en inglés se resume en “headship theology” y por tanto lo traduciremos como “teología de la jefatura”, a falta de una mejor propuesta) que ha tenido lugar en el Comité de Estudio sobre la Teología de la Ordenación (TOSC por sus siglas en inglés) recientemente, impulsó a Gerry Chudleigh a emprender una investigación histórica adicional.
Discussion of headship theology during the recent meetings of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee prompted Gerry Chudleigh to undertake some additional historical research. As the communication director for the Pacific Union Conference, he has had to answer many questions about women's ordination and has become well versed in Adventist history related to the topic. On May 1 he published online an extended account of how headship theology came to the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Have you seen the TED Talks video by the 15-year old who discovered a new way to screen for pancreatic cancer that has revolutionized the cancer world? Or the presentation by the Nigerian writer about the danger of the single story? That’s really my favorite.
As a fan of the TED Talks Radio Hour featured on National Public Radio, and someone who has dreamed of attending the famous TED conference where world thinkers and doers give the talk of their life in 18 minutes or less, I was intrigued when I learned that a TEDx Event was scheduled to be held at La Sierra University.
For several months, a banner at the top of our web page has invited readers to join our Global Community Campaign. Many of you have, and on behalf of the Spectrum Board of Directors, I want to say thank you to all who have participated.
Already, the increased funding has made it possible for us to do more reporting. Sending Larry Geraty to South Africa to report on the meeting convened there by the General Conference was made possible by gifts to the campaign. We plan to have coverage of the upcoming meeting in Germany about how World War I affected Adventism, too.
Bradford Newton, the executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference, was elected chair of the Pacific Union College board April 1, at a Board meeting following a special Constituency session called to make changes in the college’s bylaws. He replaces Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union who has served as the board chair for both Pacific Union College and La Sierra University.
Many thanks to all of our readers for making last week one of Spectrum’s best.
Our coverage of the conference on sexuality in South Africa sponsored by the General Conference brought 31,062 visits to our website, a 14% increase over the previous week. We had 18,652 unique visitors. And they stayed to read. There were 71,729 page views, a 24% increase over the previous week.