Jared Wright

Southern Adventist University President Gordon Bietz Will Retire in 2016

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 Conscripts Hispanic Adventists to Distribute 1 Million Magazines on May 2

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.

Ex-gay Speaker Michael Carducci Disinvited From North England Conference Camp Meeting

The North England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has withdrawn its invitation of Michael Carducci, the founder of EXCEED Ministry, and a self-described former homosexual man, to the "Strong Families, Strong Churches" camp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.

Denominational Leaders Clarify 'Holy Sexuality' Conference Cancellation

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.

Adventist History in the Making: Norma Osborn Ordains Her Son Trevan

Trevan Osborn, pastor for Young Adult Ministry at the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Terrace, California, was ordained Saturday, April 11 by his mother, Norma Osborn. It was the first time in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination that a mother ordained her son.

Andrews University Announces Taskforce to Address LGBT Youth Homelessness

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.

Editorial: #PrayerWorks?

Can we be honest for a moment? The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a serious problem with confirmation bias—the tendency to seek out or interpret data in a way that confirms one's preconceptions, which in turn leads to statistical errors.

Florida Hospital Apopka Breaks Ground on $203 Million Campus

At an outdoor ceremony in Apopka, Florida, community members, elected officials and Florida Hospital staff and leadership broke ground and dedicated the future site of Florida Hospital Apopka, one of twenty-two campuses that make up Florida Hospital, part of Adventist Health Systems.

Resurrection: "You Don't Confront Corrupt Systems of Power Without Paying For It"

A short Easter reflection from Rob Bell, the founder of the Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan.

"He says, 'I'm going to be killed. That's where this is headed, because you don't confront corrupt systems of power without paying for it.'"

Watch Rob Bell's "Resurrection."

Newbold Academic Press Launches with Festschrift for Michael Pearson

Newbold College of Higher Education, a Seventh-day Adventist College in Berkshire, England, has launched a new publishing venture, Newbold Academic Press. The press's first publication, released Saturday, March 28, was "Journeys to Wisdom: A Festschrift in Honour of Michael Pearson."

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