Justo a tiempo para la temporada de vacaciones, la Asociación Adventista para la Paz (APF, por sus siglas en inglés) publica un calendario para 2015 que destaca a pacificadores relacionados con la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día. Hablé con el co-fundador y director ejecutivo de APF, Ronald Osborn, sobre el calendario y lo que dicha asociación espera lograr con su lanzamiento.
The ampersand is a syntactic oddity. It looks like the loopy love child of a plus sign and a treble clef, and it befuddles scores of young students learning to write grammatical symbols. Then there's the name: "ampersand," the offspring of "and" and "per se."
Despite all its quirks, the ampersand has become a powerful icon, both figuratively and literally, for a group of Seventh-day Adventists who support ordination for men and women. This is the story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.