Baptists Disinvite Prospective Candidate Ben Carson. Retired Seventh-day Adventist neurosurgeon and possible presidential candidate Ben Carson withdrew from speaking to the annual Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Baptist21, a group of young pastors, objected to his appearance due to his Adventist beliefs: Sabbath worship, accepting all people as God's children, and evil-doers not burning eternally in hell. Other Baptist21 members were concerned that Carson is too tied to politics.
Kenyan Adventist Pastor Says Quit Using Condoms. Kenyan Seventh-day Adventist pastor Isaack Edward Rotich told the digital newspaper The Nairobian that couples, especially Christians, should not use condoms so as to improve their sexual experiences and reduce promiscuity. He suggested that condom use causes physical harm to men and less satisfaction for women.
Ted Wilson Meets With Ban Ki-moon. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with General Conference President Ted N. C. Wilson, associate director of the Adventist world church’s public affairs and religious liberty department, Ganoune Diop, and director of the public affairs and religious liberty department, John Graz for 45 minutes at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Ban Ki-moon "expressed concerns about growing religious intolerance worldwide, . . .
School Reopens in Namibia After 62 Years. Mavuluma Adventist Primary School in Katima Mulilo in Namibia's Zambezi Region reopened after being closed for 62 years. Restored through the philanthropic activities of Maranatha, officials expect to enroll over 100 students in grades one through three. Jost Kawana, the deputy director in the regional directorate of education, said the school will help the country which needs more space for young students.
Kenya Dorm Fire Kills Three. Three students, aged eight, 10, and 12, burned to death when their wood-frame dorm at the Seventh-day Adventist Labuiywo Primary School in Tinderet Constituency caught fire. Early assessments cite an electric fault and the layout of the building for the death of three students. Ninety-five other pupils escaped unharmed. From All Africa, "Kenya: Nandi School Closed After Three Students Died in Weekend Inferno."
Adventist Church Drops VALIC, Goes With Empowerment Retirement. The Seventh day-Adventist Church has chosen a new retirement company, Empower Retirement by Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, to replace AIG subsidiary VALIC. Since 2000 when the church ceased operating its own retirement system, the Adventist Retirement Plans has grown to nearly $1.1 billion in assets and has 18,000 active accounts—and an additional 8,000 open accounts—at 150 different employers.
Adventist Legal Affairs Director Supports Muslim Woman Against Abercrombie & Fitch. The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Dwayne Leslie, Legislative Affairs director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, about a case for which the church filed an amicus brief regarding the religious freedom rights of a young Muslim woman to wear a head scarf at work. Adventists were joined by a number of other organizations in supporting this case: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Christian Legal Society, National Association of Evangelicals, Church of God in Christ, Ame
Weet-Bix Maker Enjoys Continuing Tax Exemption. The Adventist-owned New Zealand company Sanitarium, maker of Weet-Bix and Marmite, remains exempt from taxes on its business earnings despite a recent government reevaluation of charities. *Sanitarium maintains its operations meet the charitable expectations required by the Charities Act and pays all other required taxes. From The New Zealand Herald, "Sanitarium safe from charity crackdown."