Should all religious communities be periodically assessed? Should they be only assessed in their practice or also in their founding principles? Are the claimed founding principles of a community always biblical or rather are they already an interpretation of the bible, mixed with some cultural conditioning elements? Are these cultural conditioning elements necessarily negative? Are they absolute? How should intrinsic and extrinsic evaluative perspectives be combined? Are continuous evaluations necessarily heterogeneous?
Seventh-day Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson released, last month, a “State of the Church” address in which he updated the denomination on its mission and membership growth and highlighted concerns, including lack of involvement and disunity. The most prominent annual speech of the Adventist Church president has traditionally been delivered as the Sabbath sermon during Annual Council, a nearly week-long meeting of the denomination’s Executive Committee.
En los tres artículos precedentes hemos tratado de describir la relación entre el adventismo y Latinoamérica desde un punto de vista de las oportunidades que ofrece la cultura latinoamericana al adventismo y a la religión en general para una nueva articulación de la experiencia religiosa y viceversa a partir de la relevancia que representa el modelo estructural teológico-bíblico adventista para Latinoamérica como posibilidad de enriquecimiento no solo religioso sino también cultural.
October 27, 2013, Sunday afternoon, Dr. Sandra Roberts was confirmed as Southeastern California Conference’s (SECC) next president. She becomes the first Adventist woman to assume this responsibility. The history-making vote (567 “yes” to 219 “no” or 72% to 28%) overwhelmingly affirmed the conference nominating committee’s recommendation despite a cautionary message from General Conference president Ted N. C. Wilson.
On September 21, 2013 the Netherlands Adventist Union officers ordained the first woman pastor in Europe, Ms. Guisèle Berkel-Larmonie. The ordination ceremony was conducted by the Union president Wim Altink at the Christus Koning church in the Hague. On November 11, 2012, the Netherlands Union constituency had already voted to approve the ordination of women. The conference executive committee made that decision effective on May 30, 2013 and announced the action publically July 5, 2013.
Fast-moving political events have altered the script for President Obama’s nationally televised speech about Syria. He is now in a position of having to argue for both war and diplomacy in the same address. This speech on international Politics becomes this way an additional event in an unpredictable process that has shifted repeatedly over the past two weeks. No one appears in control of anything in an embrangled political situation. But while the U.S.A.
En el artículo precedente subrayamos la importancia de la cultura latinoamericana para el desarrollo de la religión en general y del adventismo en lo especifico, indicando en modo particular dos elementos con los cuales Latinoamérica puede contribuir al rescate de una religiosidad actual que por lo mucho se ha doblegado al imperativo contractual típico de la cultura occidental y de todas aquellas que a ella se inspiran.