Jared Wright

ANN Confirms Shift Toward Acceptance of Women's Ordination

The Adventist News Network, the official news outlet of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, confirmed Tuesday that the takeaway from the recent General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) meetings is that "At least 10 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 13 world division Biblical Research Committees say they would either recommend the ordination of women to ministry or would allow it in some world regions without the matter har

Ben Carson Joins Newt Gingrich's Anti-Obamacare PAC

Retired Seventh-day Adventist neurosurgeon, Fox News contributor, and Tea Party favorite Dr. Benjamin Carson has teamed up with Newt Gingrich's American Legacy political action committee to spearhead a new initiative called "Save Our Healthcare." In a fundraising letter to those on the American Legacy mailing list, Dr. Carson explained the anti-Obamacare project and his role as its chairman:

So, Who Exactly Runs The Adventist Church?

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California hosts a series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" Pacific Union Conference* communications director Gerry Chudleigh kicked off the series with a presentation entitled "Who Runs the Church," in which Chudleigh explored the history of the stratification of church leadership, and where the locus of power was originally intended to be.

Upcoming topics in the series:
The Doctrine of the Trinity—Gil Valentine
Adventist Fundamental Beliefs—John Brunt

Tide Turning On Women's Ordination

With bitter cold, snowy conditions outside in Columbia, Maryland, discussion of ordination heated up a hotel conference room not far from the Seventh-day Adventist World Church headquarters. Representatives of the Church's thirteen divisions presented reports from their respective theology of ordination committees to the 103-member General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC).

Bell's Year Without God Gets International Media Coverage

Within the span of two short weeks, Ryan Bell's announcement that he would spend 2014 without God went from a single blog post to the subject of major, international news coverage. It's a trajectory, Bell says, he couldn't have predicted. Within the first two days after Bell announced the project in an article on the Huffington Post, people flocked to the project's website and flooded the blogosphere and social media with comments.

Kinship International Responds to Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Kinship International, whose misssion is to provide a safe spiritual and social community to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex current and former Seventh-day Adventists, issued a statement in response to the Ugandan Parliament's so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would make certain sex acts punishable by life imprisonment.

PUC in Court Over Land Sale Fail

The Napa Valley Register reports that Pacific Union College is suing its former partner, Sustainable Community Partners LLC, to prevent the company's use of a procedural maneuver to block the sale of land PUC owns. The college agreed in early 2013 to sell off a large portion of its Angwin, California property for development. Sustainable Community Partners was to be the developer.

Former Pastor Embarks On Year Without God

"I believe. Help Thou my unbelief." Except in this case, without the "I believe." And without "Thou."

For former Hollywood Adventist Church pastor Ryan Bell, 2014's motto could well be "Help my unbelief." Bell published an article New Year's Eve on The Huffington Post announcing that he would live a year without God. His plan was to eschew Christian sacred texts and instead look to non-religious thinkers for insight in a new season of unbelief.

Religious Liberty PSA - Discrimination Destroys People

The Adventist Church's religious liberty arm, the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, released a public service announcement video in concert with COMFILMS (www.comfilms.com) entitled "Discrimination Destroys People."

Accompanying the video came the following description:

"In 1893 the Seventh-day Adventist Church has founded the 'International Religious Liberty Association' (IRLA). This NGO promotes religious liberty for all people to this day. In 1901, the Adventist Church has installed the department 'Public Affairs and Religious Liberty' (PARL) to defend and promote religious liberty."

"This film clip deals with the universality and indivisibility of religious liberty and has been produced in six languages for the church's internal Religious Liberty Day in January 2014 by young Adventists together with COMFILMS."

Highland View Academy Chaplain Dismissed Over Same-Sex Wedding

On September 13 at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, two young ladies, Rande McDaniel and Britney Moss, joined in marriage under the state’s recently-enacted same-sex marriage bill. The occasion was an intimate dinner in a modern, minimalistic event room with some forty to fifty close friends and family members. After a catered meal and stories about the couple, Rande and Britney exchanged vows.

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