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UPDATED: Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division President Paul Ratsara Offers Resignation Amid Academic Qualifications Scandal

Paul S. Ratsara, president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists (SID), has offered his resignation as division president amid an ongoing scandal involving allegations of fraudulent doctoral qualifications. General Conference President Ted N. C.

Understanding La Sierra University's Messy Title IX Implementation

On Thursday evening, May 5, La Sierra University students, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees filled the Troesch Conference Center for a town hall meeting between university leaders and students.

In 2000 Dispute, Paul Charles Accused Adventist Church of Bias, Unfair Labor Practice

The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has confirmed in a communique sent to leaders of the denomination's thirteen divisions that Paul Charles, accused by church members in the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) of falsifying his academic qualifications, has declined a call to serve as Associate Director of Communication for the General Conference.

'Sanctuary for Conversation' Helps Churches Constructively Address LGBT+ Issues

A new resource is available to congregations seeking constructive ways to address LGBT+ issues. Open Dialogue Resources, the publisher of “A Sanctuary for Conversation: Living, Loving and Learning” materials and workshops, fills a growing need for churches that want to begin discussion of the range sexual identities, but may be unsure how to proceed.

Pacific Union College Psychology Professor Greg Schneider Resigns as Department Chair

Dr. Greg Schneider, Chair of Pacific Union College's Psychology Department, has confirmed that yesterday afternoon he submitted to the Academic Dean his letter of resignation as department chair. Of the department's of the six faculty in the department in fall 2013, only one would remain. Four have resigned or retired within the last two years, protesting what is regarded as the college administration's curtailing of academic freedom.

Protest and Consequences at Pacific Union College

A student demonstration made its way across the campus at Pacific Union College today ending at the President’s Office where President Heather Knight met with the students. She praised them for their peaceful march and prayed with them for the college.

La Sierra University Students, Alumni Hold Public Demonstration for Title IX Reform on Campus

RIVERSIDE - A group of La Sierra University students and alumni demonstrated for three hours today outside the gate of La Sierra University for changes to how La Sierra implements Title IX. Title IX is a federal law in the United States that applies to colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, including from state and local educational agencies. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces Title IX claims dealing with sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division: Paul Charles "Does Not Possess Any Accredited Qualification"

In response to a spate of articles published in Adventist and secular media concerning allegations of fraudulent doctoral degrees being used by Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists (SID) Communication Director Paul Charles to advance his career, SID leaders have written a Statement On Pastor Paul Charles' Qualifications.

Allegations of Fraudulent Degrees Raise Questions for General Conference Appointee

An article published in a South African newspaper concerning the qualifications of two top Seventh-day Adventist leaders has created waves from the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division all the way to the General Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Adventist Corporate Identity Will Receive First Makover in Twenty Years

SILVER SPRING - The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has announced the first change to the denomination’s corporate identity in over two decades. General Conference Communications Director Williams Costa, Jr.



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