Jared Wright

The Top Ten Christmas Gifts to Buy for the Adventist on Your List

Christmas is just a week away, and with the Holiday Season sometimes comes the stress of trying to find the perfect gift for those on your list. We've compiled our top ten gift ideas for the Adventist on your Christmas list. From clothing to jewelry, books to music, coffee mugs to calendars, you'll find a great assortment of stocking stuffers and quality presents for friends and family members alike. Our recommendations are listed in alphabetical order below.

La Asociación Adventista por la Paz lanza un calendario pacifista para el año 2015

Justo a tiempo para la temporada de vacaciones, la Asociación Adventista para la Paz (APF, por sus siglas en inglés) publica un calendario para 2015 que destaca a pacificadores relacionados con la Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día. Hablé con el co-fundador y director ejecutivo de APF, Ronald Osborn, sobre el calendario y lo que dicha asociación espera lograr con su lanzamiento.

How the Humble Ampersand Became A Powerful Symbol for Women's Ordination

The ampersand is a syntactic oddity. It looks like the loopy love child of a plus sign and a treble clef, and it befuddles scores of young students learning to write grammatical symbols. Then there's the name: "ampersand," the offspring of "and" and "per se." 

Despite all its quirks, the ampersand has become a powerful icon, both figuratively and literally, for a group of Seventh-day Adventists who support ordination for men and women. This is the story.

Potomac Conference Ordains Pranitha Fielder, A First for Indian Adventist Women

TAKOMA PARK - The Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists ordained Pranitha Fielder on Saturday, December 13 at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, making her the first ordained Indian-American woman in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. She was born in India to Jaya and Jasmine Pilli. The family moved to Maryland when Pranitha was a child.

Senate Chaplain Barry Black Leads Congressional Walk-Out

United States Senate Chaplain Barry Black led a group of Congressional staffers and at least two lawmakers in a walk-out demonstration, on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on December 11. The group of over 100 demonstrators, consisting primarily of black leaders, assembled in front of the Capitol in peaceful protest of the non-indictments of officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Adventist Peace Fellowship Releases 2015 Peace Calendar In Time for The Holidays

Just in time for the Holiday Season, the Adventist Peace Fellowship is releasing a 2015 Calendar that highlights peacemakers connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I spoke with APF co-founder and executive director Ronald Osborn about the calendar and what the Fellowship hopes to accomplish with its release.

Andrews University Faculty Senate Issues Statement on Race and Justice

Spectrum received the following statement from the Andrews University Faculty Senate:

Loma Linda University Health Expands With $10 Million Tribal Casino Gift

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.

Young Adventists Join #BlackLivesMatter Protests

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.

The Great Controversy Goes Full Hollywood

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.

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