Ask twenty-somethings to talk about Seventh-day Adventists and popular culture, and you'll likely hear that the Church is pretty out of touch. Millennials in particular, those between 18 and 30 years old, are highly engaged with pop culture--arguably more so than any previous generation. So it may not come as a surprise that a group of young Adventists made one of their pastor friends into a spoof of a popular Internet meme.
Visitor Magazine, the official publication of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has released an expansive timeline of key events in the history of women's ordination within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Along with a written list of events, Visitor created an interactive timeline entitled "The Road to Ordination" with photos and clickable events that expand to reveal more data.
The timeline begins with the 1880's when "A number of women served as pastors in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Between 1872 and 1945, at least 16 women carried ministerial licenses." From the days of the Pioneers, the timeline follows the story of women in pastoral ministry up to the 2014 Annual Council vote to send the question of whether divisions should be permitted to ordain women to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio Texas.
A large audience of friends, church community members and well-wishers surrounded Adventist musician and recording artist Chris Picco Sabbath at the Loma Linda University Church for the memorial service of Picco's wife Ashley and son Lennon. The service was broadcast on the church's website, and the recording has been made available. Ashley Elizabeth (Wood) Picco died Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Loma Linda, CA. She was 30.
A news release on the Pacific Union Conference website puts the union on record in favor of allowing divisions to proceed with the ordination of women. The Pacific Union Conference has long led the move toward ordination equality within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In September of 2012, union executive committee members approved fourteen female candidates for ordination.
Musician and recording artist Chris Picco from Loma Linda, California lost his wife, Ashley Picco, and his son, Lennon James Picco, within three days of one another. On August 26, Ashley, age 30, shared publicly on her Facebook page a photo of the couple's legs and feet with a tiny pair of shoes between them with the words, "Coming Soon," one week after their seven-year wedding anniversary.
Hyundai Motor Company, a multinational South Korean car manufacturer, has donated $250,000 to fund Loma Linda University's leukemia research. Hyundai awarded the grant to Dr. Kimberley Payne, an associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and director of translational research at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Payne lost her younger brother to leukemia, according to a report in the Redlands Daily Facts. She told the Facts that her work on behalf of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia matters to her not just professionally, but personally:
In August, we reported that two Seventh-day Adventist universities in North America, Walla Walla University and Washington Adventist University, lost accreditation for their nursing programs.
Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer, the husband-wife team behind the "Seventh-Gay Adventists" film, have started raising funds for a new companion film that they say will offer answers to the question "What is next?" for Seventh-day Adventists who have started important conversations about homosexuality.