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Outspoken: My Name Is Rhonda and I Am a Seventh-day Adventist Transgender Woman

“Jesus died to save people not to save theology . . . not to save belief structures,” says Rhonda, an Adventist trans woman and the subject of the fifth installment of the short documentary series “Outspoken.” The film uses Rhonda’s first name only for the sake of her family’s privacy though Rhonda herself is very open about her story.

In the short documentary, Rhonda recounts experiencing constant turmoil from her teens to her 60s.

Loma Linda University Starts LGBTQ Support Group (Education News Shorts)

Loma Linda University Starts LGBTQ Support Group.

Outspoken: Camilo Nazar Wants to Give Queer People More Representation

Camilo Nazar, a film student at Pacific Union College, wants to give queer people of color something that he never had growing up: the gift of representation.

La Sierra University Church Celebrates Ordination of Beverly Maravilla

RIVERSIDE, CA — On Saturday, June 24, La Sierra University Church and the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists confirmed the call of Beverly Maravilla to Gospel Ministry with ordination.  

Pacific Union College Student Leaders Herald a Diverse, Inclusive Future

With a powerfully-worded statement on diversity, the Pacific Union College Student Senate has cast a vision for the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that would make the denomination a much more inclusive and welcoming place. Published on May 24, the Diversity Statement provides the young leaders' stances on five topics: women's equality and empowerment; dignity, humanity and rights of the LGBT+ community; welcoming immigrants; affirming Black lives; and inter- and intrafaith diversity.

Major Media Outlets Pick Up Adventist LGBT Stories

Stories of LGBT+ Adventists and their families have caught the attention of major news organizations, pointing both to the power of the stories and their uniqueness as accounts from within the faith community.

Outspoken: Debbie and Kris Widmer Open Up About Trans Daughter

As longtime Seventh-day Adventist pastor Kris Widmer points out in the newest installment of the “Outspoken” video series, there is no pamphlet put out by the church for parents of transgender children.

Southern New England Conference Pulls Subsidy from Atlantic Union College (Higher Ed News Shorts)

Southern New England Conference Pulls Subsidy from Atlantic Union College. Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists President  David Dennis announced that the conference executive committee voted April 9 to withdraw its m

Recruiting Non-Adventist Students Already the Norm in Adventist Higher Education

Last week I wrote about proposed solutions to the enrollment problem that faces institutions of higher education in the North American Division. Loma Linda University President Richard Hart stated in his April, 2017 newsletter “Being Distinctive or Being Inclusive?” that leaders in North American higher ed are increasingly looking outside the Adventist denomination to recruit students.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center Will Become Adventist Health Glendale (Health Care News Shorts)

Glendale Adventist Medical Center Will Become Adventist Health Glendale. The latest in a series of name changes for the hospital once called the Glendale Sanitarium, Glendale Adventist Medical Center will become Adventist Health Glendale this summer. The facility in Glendale, California, is part of Adventist Health, which is also undergoing a rebranding; One Adventist Health will be the new identity of the system of 20 hospitals. Officials say daily operations will be unchanged, but signage and logos will get a makeover.

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