Jared Wright

Columbia Union Conference Approves Women's Ordination

After hours of discussion including speeches from General Conference president Ted Wilson, GC vice-president Lowell Cooper, and North American Division president Daniel Jackson, the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted 209 to 51 to authorize ordination to Gospel ministry without regard to gender. With their vote, the CUC joins the Nothern German Union in enacting ordination equality. The Pacific Union Conference will vote on a similar provision on August 19.

LIVE: Updates from the CUC Constituency Meeting

The Columbia Union Conference became the first union in the North American Division whose constituents authorized ordination without regard to gender. You can read the live updates from the session as they happened by clicking the link below.

Creation Seventh Day Adventist Pastor Imprisoned, Fasting

Pastor Walter “Chick” McGill, the leader of a small congregation in the town of Guys Tennessee, is serving time in a San Bernardino County prison for his use of the name “Seventh Day Adventist.”

Adventists in Politics: Healers of the Nations?

This Saturday, May 12, four members of the Adventist community will speak at the Loma Linda University Damazo Amphitheater about their involvement in local and national politics. Ronald Daily, a member of the Loma Linda City Council; Bill Emmerson, a California State Senator; Justin Kim, a candidate for U.S. Congress and Doug Welebir, a past mayor of the City of Loma Linda will talk about the intersections of faith and the public arena. Should more Adventists run for office, or are there good reasons not to?

Announcement of Women's Ordination Brings Tears, Cheers

On March 2, 2012, Azure Hills Church Senior Pastor John Brunt preached a sermon on bearing witness, in which he called for the ordination of women in the Adventist denomination. Three weeks later, members of the Southeastern California Conference Executive Committee voted to ordain women.

Southeastern California Conference Executive Committee Votes to Ordain Women

Southeastern California Conference Interim Communicaiton Director Enno Mueller issued a release Thursday announcing that SECC will move ahead with the ordination of women. The statement issued by email and on the SECC website states that this action will immediately take effect.

Ordination Equality Gains Momentum

Some day when church historians look back at this era, 2012 may prove to be the year when the tide turned in favor of ordination equality in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. On New Year's Day, a group composed of pastors, scholars, theologians and administrators launched an initiative called ONE in Christ, ONE being an acronym for Ordain Now Equally. The initiative builds on momentum from recent actions taken by the North American Division and the Trans European Division to allow commissioned ministers to serve as conference presidents.

Half the Sky: Microfinance and Opportunities for Women

On the whole, Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof do an exemplary job of taking complex and thorny issues, illustrating them with compelling narratives, giving them human faces and proposing viable solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

However, in chapters eleven and twelve of Half the Sky, as the authors move from the descriptive task of characterizing the oppression of women to the prescriptive task of suggesting fixes, they open themselves to critique. I offer mine below.

LSU-3 Case Moves Forward in Riverside Court

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Taylor presided over preliminary hearings involving three La Sierra University employees who have filed suit for wrongful termination. The plantiffs, Dr. James Beach, Dr. Gary Bradley, and Dr.

Woman Pastor "Set Aside" in Australia

On a "High Sabbath" celebration in Melbourne, gender disparity in Adventism reached a low point.

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Sat, 02/07/2015 | San Diego Adventist Forum
Richard Rice, PhD, Professor of Theological Studies, Loma Linda University

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