Seventh-day Adventist leaders from around the world are on their way to Silver Spring, Maryland for the 2014 Annual Council. The meetings span six days, from October 9 to 15. Women's ordination, which current policy allows for deacons and elders, but not ministers, will come up on Tuesday, October 14.
Sabbath morning at the 2014 Adventist Forum Conference began with sunrise over San Diego’s South Bay, color seeping into the marina, barely illuminating the city skyline. With the day beginning outside large picture windows that way, Elvin and Linette Rodriguez led a participatory singing of Joseph Addison's "The Spacious Firmament" with a melody inspired by "The Creation" by Joseph Haydn. Elvin Rodriguez brought Haydn's magnum opus to life brilliantly before the audience joined together singing.
Laurel Damsteegt took the "Women's Ordination: History, Issues and Implications" symposium into unusual territory Thursday morning, making the case that Spiritualism (communication with evil spirits) is the root cause of feminism and the Women's Rights movement. Speaking from the "Secrets Unsealed" studio in Fresno, California on day two of the symposium sponsored by male headship proponents, Damsteegt said that gender issues are a direct outgrowth of "Type Two Spiritualism."
Stephen Bohr's summation of the arguments for women's ordination? "They're based on faulty reasoning, faulty study of Scripture, partial evidence, redefining words, injecting contexts that are not there, and ignoring contexts that are there." That categorical dismissal of ordination equality came on the first night of the Fresno, California pastor's Women's Ordination symposium. In a two-hour marathon lecture, Bohr made the case that male headship is God's way--the right way. Really, the only way forward for the Adventist Church.
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California has been hosting a multi-part series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the video below, Kendra Haloviak Valentine, professor of New Testament Studies at La Sierra University, and Bert Haloviak, former archivist for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, uncover the story of Adventist women in ministry from the 19th Century to the current ordination debate.
Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, the Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition, and the creators of the Seventh-Gay Adventists documentary launched a new website today as a response to the General Conference's ‘In God’s Image:’ Scripture, Sexuality, and Society Summit.
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California is hosting a three-month series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the presentation below from March 8, Warren Johns discusses Ellen White's scientific claims--their derivation, their accuracy and their evolution (no pun intended). Questions dealt with: Does Ellen White offer the church today a “textbook on science”? Can inspired writings have scientific errors without undermining their inspiration?
The Napa Valley Register reports that Pacific Union College won a legal case that allows the institution to sell its land to a new developer. This comes after legal wrangling with a previous developer after the Angwin land sale fell through. According to the Register:
[Developer] Curt Johansen, had been partnering with PUC for years until a disagreement in 2012 lead the college to break off negotiations. The unhappy developer, operating under the name Sustainable Community Partners (SCP), filed suit to hamper the sale of PUC land to another developer.
The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, in a special NewsPoints bulletin, sought to distance itself from "Preacher's Daughters," a reality show that features the daughter of an Adventist pastor in its second season. The bulletin stated,
It has come to our attention that a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and his family are included in a reality television show on the Lifetime Network.
Oxford University Press may be the latest facilitator of present truth on the life of Ellen White. Oxford has made available for preorder its tome, "Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet," edited by Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Gary Land, and Ronald L. Numbers. Publication is slated for May 16, 2014, and pre-ordered copies will be shipped on April 18.