Don't let the April 1 event date fool you—Shakespeare Walla Walla's presentation of "A Gay SDA Play" is a serious depiction of the lives of two dozen Seventh-day Adventists (some have left the denomination) who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Bradley Nelson, a graduate of Walla Walla University and playwright, says the idea for the play came from a similar dialogical presentation at Whitman College, a private school in Walla Walla, Washington.
An initiative seeking unity within the Seventh-day Adventist Church spearheaded by the Adventist Forum board, the overseeing body of Spectrum Magazine, has generated significant, international support.
A statement targeting Seventh-day Adventist Church members entitled “Affirming Adventist Unity” garnered over 1,000 signatures in its first seven days online, averaging about 185 signatures a day. People in 44 states in the United States and in several more countries added their names to the statement.
Occasionally, the most powerful impact the words of Scripture can have is in the embodied, public reading of the text. Case in point: This past Sabbath, the pastoral staff at the La Sierra University Church in California--a staff that includes four women--read aloud the words of 1 Corinthians in which Paul admonishes the church in Corinth that women must be silent in the churches.
In January 2014, Dr. Mark Robison, professor of English at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, was making preparations for an original Union College drama “Fifty Years Later,” commemorating the fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” speech. Robison had invited Oscar Harriott, his friend and deputy ombudsman at the Nebraska State Capitol, to tell stories about “the bad old days.” Harriott, a Lincoln resident, told the actors and writers stories about his time at Union College--both shocking and inspiring.
Over the last several days, a standoff between university administration and a student group has embroiled Andrews University, and has spread through online news outlets and social media. The fracas started a week ago when administration told leaders of AULL4One, an unofficial gay-straight alliance on campus that a planned fundraiser could not go forward.
There are many things that cisgender adults have the luxury of taking for granted that transgender persons cannot afford to do. One of those is using the restroom. For many transgender individuals, something as routine as going pee means a choice between two uncomfortable--even dangerous--alternatives.
Just weeks after the announcement that Mt. Vernon Academy in Ohio will cease operations at the end of the current school year, news broke that another Adventist academy will likely close this year as well. Leaders in the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted on February 26 to close Valley Grande Adventist Academy, a K-12 school in Weslaco, Texas.
BERRIEN SPRINGS - At a Forum on State and Regional Conferences Saturday afternoon, Andrews University students unveiled the language of an official request to the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists calling for a restructuring of conferences and/or an explanation of the reasons for the current organizational structure.
On February 17, 2015, Akim Zhigankov, a young missionary to the Philippines and the son of professors Oleg Zhigankov and Elena Zhigankova of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, died in De La Salle University Medical Center in Cavite, Philippines. In a lengthy letter to supporters shared publicly on Facebook, Akim's father wrote that his son had been the victim of poisoning, and used the word "murder" to describe his son's death.
Kyle Berg is a senior language arts student at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and in early February, he nervously stood before Union's Board of Trustees to address the school's racist past. Berg wrote for The Clocktower, Union's official student paper,
From the 1930s to the 1960s, Union College participated in racial discrimination and segregation on campus. My point was that Union did take part in this, and my part was to insist that a formal apology be made by the college.