A report from the Southern Africa Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SAU) obtained by Spectrum dispels the dominant narrative concerning African Adventists on the topic of women’s ordination. The previously un-circulated document was created on July 17, 2014, and refutes assertions made by the South Africa Indian Ocean Division (SID), its parent organization.
At The One Project gathering in San Diego this past weekend, it became clear to me that the The One Project is not just another conference or more Adventist programming--it is the clear articulation of a vision for the future of Adventism. It’s a vision in competition. The competing vision is perhaps best exemplified by the Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC), about which Suzanne Ócsai has written definitively.
In a message today from Ohio Conference president Ron Halverson, Jr., news came that efforts to save Mt. Vernon Academy from closure fell short. In a special constituency session on January 11, Ohio Conference constituents voted to give the beleaguered boarding academy an ultimatum: raise $3 million by March 10, or begin taking steps to cease operations. Today served as a preliminary deadline, after which conference leadership would assess the school's progress.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sabbath, February 14, 2015 for Dr. Herbert E. Douglass, Jr. Douglass, a Seventh-day Adventist scholar, administrator and writer, who passed away on December 15, 2014 at the age of 87. Douglass helped to write the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary series and authored "Messenger of the Lord," a biography of Ellen G. White.
The Huntsville First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama will begin offering a Sunday morning service called "Surge Church" this weekend. Billed as a casual, come-as-you-are worship service, the 10:00am event aims to attract "unchurched" community members, according to an article in AL.com, an Alabama-based media outlet. First Church senior pastor Debleaire K.
The premier Adventist-sponsored film festival, SONscreen is headed back to Southern California this year from April 2-4. This week the North American Division unveiled the website for the 2015 festival, hosted by La Sierra University. The NAD has put on the festival annually since 2002 as a chance to showcase the work of young Christian filmmakers, and to provide networking opportunities.
LOMA LINDA - Tammy Wren Violet Veach, the Executive Director for Marketing at Loma Linda University Health, has been arrested for allegedly stealing approximately $360,000 in Apple iPads and Apple MacBooks over the course of her employment at Loma Linda, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
During his January 17, 2015 sermon entitled “Why I Believe in the 1,000 Man March After Ferguson,” Pastor Dwight K. Nelson, senior pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church, called for an end to ethnically separated conferences in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Shortly afterward, a petition from Pioneer Memorial Church to the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists went up on Change.org.
This weekend, the Loma Linda University Church will host a day devoted to the topic of women's ordination, entitled "Women's Ordination: The Road to San Antonio."
Women's ordination will not be on the agenda at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio as such, but delegates will vote on whether or not divisions should be given the right decide women's ordination for themselves. While that vote will be about divisional autonomy and the decentralization of authority, ordination is the issue that holds the denomination's attention.