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Jared Wright

2015: The Year of the General Conference Session

The 60th General Conference Session of Seventh-day Adventists, held in San Antonio, Texas from July 2 - 11 was by any measure the biggest Adventist news story of the year.

Editorial: Syrian Refugees - The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

I spent over a minute in a crowded antique store this week staring past a porcelain Santa Claus figurine and a ceramic, eight-piece nativity set—thinking. Frank Sinatra on vinyl can have that effect, I guess. When I happened by, Sinatra was crooning “O Little Town of Bethlehem” through a vintage record player.

Keene Independent School District Votes to Give Teachers Guns

KEENE, TX — In a 6 to 1 vote Wednesday night, December 16, the Keene Independent School District (KISD) Board of Trustees took an action intended to keep its Johnson County, Texas schools safe from gun violence like the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The board approved a so-called "Guardian Program" that will allow faculty members in district schools to carry guns on campus. KISD includes an elementary, a middle school, a high school and an alternative learning institute.

Three Communities, Six Women, One Spirit: Celebrating 20 Years of Women's Ordination

Twenty years have passed since the first Seventh-day Adventist women were ordained to gospel ministry.

In 1995, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists brought a measure to the General Conference Session, held in Utrecht, Netherlands. The request from the North American Division was to adopt the following provisions concerning ordination: 

North American Division President Authors HuffPo Op-Ed on Welcoming Refugees

Daniel R. Jackson, president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, has authored an opinion piece for the Huffington Post arguing that the United States must open the door to refugees from war-torn countries like Syria. In the piece, "Adventists Respond to the Call to Care for Refugees," Elder Jackson makes the case that Scripture demands justice for strangers and foreigners seeking refuge. 

Remembering Nicholas Culver in Images

Freshman general studies major Nicholas Culver was found unresponsive in Sierra Towers, the men's dormitory on the campus of La Sierra University, on Tuesday, December 8. Paramedics were called, but were unable to revive him. On Tuesday evening, La Sierra University stopped amid finals week to remember Culver in a time of prayer and story sharing.

See La Sierra University Student Nicholas Culver Found Dead on Campus.

UPDATED: La Sierra University Mourns the Loss of Nicholas Culver

RIVERSIDE - Tuesday night of finals week at La Sierra University, there was standing room only inside of Hole Memorial Auditorium in the center of the university campus. Students, faculty and staff gathered to pray, to remember, and to mourn the loss of La Sierra student Nicholas Culver of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

"I Start Each Day with Bible Reading," Ben Carson Says

Seventh-day Adventist retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful Ben Carson told Christianity Today that even on the campaign trail, he begins every day with prayer and Bible reading.

Intimate Azure Hills Vigil Creates Space for Mourning, Processing Emotions

GRAND TERRACE - The Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church held an intimate prayer vigil Friday night intended to commemorate those killed in the San Bernardino shooting, and to allow community members to begin a healing process. For organizers of the vigil, that process begins with fully experiencing the complex emotions that accompany a tragedy like this week's Southern California massacre. The service followed a liturgical movement through shock, sadness, anger and hope.

First-Person Accounts from California Communities Torn by Violence

In the two days since Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot and killed fourteen people and injured 21 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, Seventh-day Adventist communities in neighboring Loma Linda and Redlands have been talking about little else.

I spoke with several people who live and work in and around Loma Linda, which borders San Bernardino, to hear their first-hand accounts of the day of violence that made headlines around the world.

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