On August 19, delegates from the Pacific Union Conference will convene in Woodland Hills, California to vote on changes to the Pacific Union Conference Bylaws.* If approved, the proposed changes will enable the union to enact a previously-approved measure to ordain ministers without regard to gender when a local conference requests such approval. The Pacific Union Conference stands to be the second union in the North American Division to authorize ordination without regard to gender, following the Columbia Union Conference.
General Conference president Ted Wilson appeared on a special edition of Night Light Wednesday on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) to appeal for unity and submission. Elder Wilson was joined by General Conference vice-president Mark Finley, Hope Channel president Brad Thorp, 3ABN president Jim Gilley and 3ABN founder Danny Shelton. 3ABN aired the segment live from the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on the first day of the Adventist-laymen's Services & Industries Convention.
On August 19, the Pacific Union Conference (PUC) will vote a proposed bylaws change that would allow the union to ordain women and men alike. In anticipation of the special constituency session, PUC has launched a website with material for delegates and the public.
PUC President Ricardo Graham's photo appears at the top of the website alongside this message:
The Huffington Post's Religion Blog shared an article about Carrol Grady's disinvitation from the North American Division teacher's convention in Nashville this week. Grady, who planned to share anti-bullying materials at a convention booth, received word from convention center personnel that she would not be allowed an exhibition space after she had already paid for a booth and travel to and from Nashville.
A Newsweek/Daily Beast ranking of "Best Colleges for You" places Pacific Union College atop the list of most beautiful colleges in the United States. According to an explanatory video posted online, colleges were ranked based on "the grand triumvirate" of beautiful things: students, weather and campuses. The Angwin, California liberal arts college topped Bucknell University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Chapman University, and Santa Clara University.
Dr. Kendra Haloviak Valentine, a professor of New Testament Studies at La Sierra University, spoke at the Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, California during a sermon series entitled "God of the Outcast: Stories of Faith at the Margins." In this sermon, Dr. Valentine discusses the Christian Church's marginalizing of the Apostle Junia, pushing the apostle from the inside out.
Comments from Columbia Union Conference President David Weigley at the conclusion of the special constituency Session on Sunday, during which delegates voted in favor of authorizing ordination without regard to gender. Video courtesy the CUC website.
REDLANDS, CA - Lucan Chartier, associate to Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church pastor Walter "Chick" McGill, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday after a long wait at the Redlands Police Department. A federal warrant for Chartier's arrest had been issued when he and McGill refused a court order to stop using the name Seventh Day Adventist in a six-year long trademark dispute with the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. The 26-year old Chartier planned to be arrested after a press conference in the parking lot behind the Loma Linda University Church.