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.
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.
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.
LOMA LINDA - Follow @spectrummag on Twitter for live updates on San Bernardino shooting. Multiple news outlets have reported an active shooter in the vicinity of Loma Linda University. Loma Linda University received an undisclosed number of victims of the shooting incident. Reports have come in of over twenty victims of the shooting, and Loma Linda University Medical Center said through a spokeswoman that they are expecting an influx of shooting victims as those injured in the incident are taken from the scene.
On Saturday, November 28, Xolisa “Candy” Swartz became the first Seventh-day Adventist woman pastor in Africa to receive a commissioned minister credential. The historic service took place on the campus of Bethel College, Eastern Cape, Cape Conference, during the Cape Conference Constituency 3rd Business Session.
Dr. Delbert Baker, former president of Oakwood University and General Conference vice president, has accepted a call to serve as the next Vice Chancellor of the Adventist University of Africa. Dr. Baker replaces Brempong Owusu-Antwi, the current Vice Chancellor/President of the Nairobi, Kenya-based institution.
In a letter to employees, Loma Linda University Health President and CEO, Dr. Richard Hart, announced that the institution "is adopting a living wage to ensure that every employee, working at least 20 hours per week, that shares with us their skills and commitment receives a wage that will help support a family."