Jared Wright

Potomac Conference Ordains Pranitha Fielder, A First for Indian Adventist Women

TAKOMA PARK - The Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists ordained Pranitha Fielder on Saturday, December 13 at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, making her the first ordained Indian-American woman in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. She was born in India to Jaya and Jasmine Pilli. The family moved to Maryland when Pranitha was a child.

Senate Chaplain Barry Black Leads Congressional Walk-Out

United States Senate Chaplain Barry Black led a group of Congressional staffers and at least two lawmakers in a walk-out demonstration, on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on December 11. The group of over 100 demonstrators, consisting primarily of black leaders, assembled in front of the Capitol in peaceful protest of the non-indictments of officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Adventist Peace Fellowship Releases 2015 Peace Calendar In Time for The Holidays

Just in time for the Holiday Season, the Adventist Peace Fellowship is releasing a 2015 Calendar that highlights peacemakers connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I spoke with APF co-founder and executive director Ronald Osborn about the calendar and what the Fellowship hopes to accomplish with its release.

Andrews University Faculty Senate Issues Statement on Race and Justice

Spectrum received the following statement from the Andrews University Faculty Senate:

Loma Linda University Health Expands With $10 Million Tribal Casino Gift

SAN BERNARDINO - General Conference President Ted N. C. Wilson and Vice President Lowell Cooper, two top leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, joined city leaders and health care administrators in a ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday for San Manuel Gateway College, a new learning facility set to open in Spring of 2016.

Young Adventists Join #BlackLivesMatter Protests

On December 3, when a grand jury did not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for causing the death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, people in cities across the United States, and later, around the world, took to the streets to protest. Pantaleo's non-indictment dominated social media, following close on the heels of the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. Twitter hashtags #BlackLivesMatter, #HandsUpDontShoot, and #ICantBreathe (Eric Garner's final words) are trending nationwide.

The Great Controversy Goes Full Hollywood

To talk to Delroy Brown, the creative mind behind an ambitious animated film project based on the Great Controversy motif, it's not hard to see why top talent in Hollywood would be drawn to work on the project. Brown is affable, and he exudes contagious enthusiasm for his film. However, when award-winning animators and voice actors talk about "Heaven | The First War," it is clear that the screenplay Brown wrote was what sold them.

UPDATED: You Helped Us Exceed Our Giving Tuesday Goal!

Warm, hearty thanks to all those who have given to our Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. Thanks to your generosity, we have exceeded our goal of $10,000!

As we've noted, the money we raised was for very specific causes: We plan to expand our coverage of Adventist Education and Health Care, and we're assembling a top-notch team of reporters to send to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas to report on the future of Women's Ordination and many other important GC-related stories. 

Women's Ordination: Annual Council Was Appetizer; GC Will Be Main Course

Perhaps you were part of the unprecedented crowd that tuned in for Spectrum's moment-by-moment updates and daily articles from Annual Council in October. Our live tweets and reports from the floor of Annual Council drew an audience like we haven't seen yet, and the reason was simple: people want to know the future of the decades-long debate over women's ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. So do we.

Spectrum Will Expand Health Care, Education Coverage in 2015

Big things happened in 2014 for Spectrum. We saw significant growth in readership, we saw many of our news stories and features go viral on social media and we expanded our team by one full-time editor and two interns. In October, we provided moment-by-moment coverage and daily reports at Annual Council, where delegates set the course for the Seventh-day Adventist denomination's next steps on women's ordination, which will come up for a vote at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas.

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