Jared Wright

Upper Columbia Conference Rescinds "Separate But Equal" Credentialing Policy

The Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Executive Committee has rescinded a policy that provided separate credentialing tracks for men and women that made commissioning and ordination functionally equal.

White Adventist America End Your Silence

It is time for white Adventists in America to speak out. Continued silence in the face of avalanching injustice is complicity. It is violence. It is death.

Deschutes County Sheriff: Big Lake Camp Worker Brian Robak Fell to His Death

Brian Robak, a videographer and media director at Oregon Conference's Big Lake Youth Camp fell to his death while hiking on Mt. Washington on June 30 according to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff’s Office was notified at 3:32 Friday morning that Robak had not returned to camp after a solo hike. Oregon's National Guard rescuers found Robak’s body during an air search Saturday afternoon. He was 28 years old.

Missing Camp Wawona Employee Kevin Canavan Found Deceased

Kevin Canavan, a student at Pacific Union College and an employee at Camp Wawona has been found deceased according to a release from the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Canavan went missing on July 5, last seen in a nearby river with several others during a day-off outing. 

In a statement issued this evening, the Central California Conference announced the tragic discovery:

Adventist Health Reaches Agreement to Purchase Hawaii Pacific University Windward Campus

The Adventist Health-owned and operated Castle Medical Center in Kaneohe, Windward Oahu has reached an agreement to purchase Hawaii Pacific University's 130-acre Hawaii Loa campus, according to several reports. The terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement have not been disclosed, but the move will allow Adventist Health to expand its presence in Oahu.

Azure Hills Church Appoints Tara VinCross Senior Pastor

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, California has announced that Pastor Tara VinCross will serve as its next senior pastor.

Panamanian Union Mission Makes History, Appoints First Woman Pastor

The Panama Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists made history at its mid-year executive committee meeting by appointing Shesell Busby (pictured, third from left) the district pastor of four churches in the Metro Los Andes Experimental Mission. Ms. Busby is the first woman to serve as a licensed minister in the Panamanian Union Mission.

Announcing the hiring of Ms. Busby, the Panamanian Union Mission wrote on its Facebook page,

NAD President Dan Jackson in Orlando Florida: "Our Hearts Grieve with LGBT Community"

Daniel R. Jackson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, issued a statement by video from Orlando Florida on the Pulse Club Shooting in Orlando, Florida. Jackson traveled with his wife Donna to Orlando to offer encouragement and support.

A post accompanying the video message on the North American Division's Facebook page said:

Registration Now Open for the 2016 Adventist Forum Conference

Registration is now open for the 2016 Adventist Forum annual conference, titled Non-violence and the Atonement. It will take place September 16-18 at the Doubletree Washington D.C. in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

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