In a release on the Southern Adventist University website today, Dr. Gordon Bietz announced plans to retire in 2016 after what will have been his 19th year as president. He revealed to the SAU Board of Trustees earlier in the day his intent to retire at the end of next school year.
El Centinela, the Spanish Language monthly magazine for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists published by Pacific Press, has announced plans to distribute one million copies of the May edition of the magazine throughout the NAD. Each magazine contains a Bible study enrollment card. The plan, according to Pacific Press President Dale Galusha, is to encourage each church member personally to give copies to their friends and neighbors.
The North England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has withdrawn its invitation of Michael Carducci, the founder of EXCEED Ministry, and a self-described former homosexual man, to the "Strong Families, Strong Churches" camp meeting.
Carducci had been slated to headline the "Holy Sexuality Conference," scheduled for April 21-25 in the South England Conference, and up until April 16, was listed as a speaker for the Youth program at the North England Conference camp meeting. Carducci was also disinvited from the "Holy Sexuality Conference" and the event was canceled.
A spokesperson for the South England Conference told Spectrum that a "Holy Sexuality" conference planned for April 21-25, and to be held at the Advent Centre, an often-used meeting facility in London, was canceled not because of public outcry, but because of a decision made by leaders of the South England Conference in concert with the British Union Conference.
In Volume 99, Issue 20 of Student Movement, the Andrews University student newspaper, university president Niels-Erik Andreasen announced the creation of a taskforce to address the issue of LGBT youth homelessness. Homelessness among young LGBT populations became the focus of intense discussion on the Andrews University campus when administration halted a fundraiser from the university's unofficial gay-straight alliance, AULL4One.