During his January 17, 2015 sermon entitled “Why I Believe in the 1,000 Man March After Ferguson,” Pastor Dwight K. Nelson, senior pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church, called for an end to ethnically separated conferences in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Shortly afterward, a petition from Pioneer Memorial Church to the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists went up on Change.org.
This weekend, the Loma Linda University Church will host a day devoted to the topic of women's ordination, entitled "Women's Ordination: The Road to San Antonio."
Women's ordination will not be on the agenda at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio as such, but delegates will vote on whether or not divisions should be given the right decide women's ordination for themselves. While that vote will be about divisional autonomy and the decentralization of authority, ordination is the issue that holds the denomination's attention.
In a news analysis piece for the Adventist Review, General Conference treasurer Robert Lemon wrote that the painful ultimatum facing Mt. Vernon Academy, the oldest boarding academy in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, "should serve as a wake-up call on the future of these schools in the U.S."
Pastor Patrick Graham is director of the Allegheny East Conference Department of Youth Ministries, and he might have a fix for Mt. Vernon Academy's financial woes. Might. The solution depends less on Graham himself, and more on the generosity of the Adventist public and their belief in Mt. Vernon's value and viability as a school.
BuzzFeed announced today that prospective Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson plagiarized portions of his 2012 book "America the Beautiful." Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Seventh-day Adventist Christian ironically wrote in the book that he got caught plagiarizing a college paper, an incident he called a "moral dilemma":
On an uncomfortably cold, rainy December afternoon, a rarity in Los Angeles, I stopped by a large, colorfully-painted concrete complex butted up against the 101 Freeway, about two-and-a-half miles from the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church.
I parked on a side street beside a chain link fence with coils of razor wire on top.