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.
Perhaps you were part of the unprecedented crowd that tuned in for Spectrum's moment-by-moment updates and daily articles from Annual Council in October. Our live tweets and reports from the floor of Annual Council drew an audience like we haven't seen yet, and the reason was simple: people want to know the future of the decades-long debate over women's ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. So do we.
Big things happened in 2014 for Spectrum. We saw significant growth in readership, we saw many of our news stories and features go viral on social media and we expanded our team by one full-time editor and two interns. In October, we provided moment-by-moment coverage and daily reports at Annual Council, where delegates set the course for the Seventh-day Adventist denomination's next steps on women's ordination, which will come up for a vote at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas.
Smithsonian Magazine has named Seventh-day Adventist co-founder and author Ellen G. White among the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Actor/Director Mel Gibson has begun talks with The Amazing Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield about a World War II film on Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector-turned-war-hero, Desmond T. Doss.
The film breaks Gibson's long absence from Hollywood. Garfield appears set to star as Desmond Doss.
When I was seventeen, I decided that I wanted to be a pastor. Several important people in my life encouraged me in that direction, and I went to college to learn how. After graduating with a religious studies degree, replete with "expertise" in biblical languages, theology, ethics and Ellen White's writings, I spent two years in Bangkok, Thailand as a chaplain and Bible teacher before pursuing a master's degree in religion and ethics at La Sierra University. When I graduated from La Sierra, Southeastern California Conference hired me as a pastor. I was living the dream.