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Headlines: U.S. News Ranks Andrews Second Highest in Ethnic Diversity

U. S. News Reports High Ethnic Diversity at Andrews University. Andrews University is listed as the second-most ethnically diversity institution of higher learning by U. S. News in its education rankings.  Since Adventist students from around the world attend Andrews University, this may seem less surprising to Adventists than to the general public. From US News, "Campus Ethnic Diversity: National Universities."

HEADLINES: Adventist Congresswoman at Center of Ethics Committee Investigation

Sheila Jackson Lee Subject of Senate Ethics Investigation. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex) is one of ten members of Congress at the center of a House Ethics Committee investigation for participating in a secret, all-expenses paid trip to Baku on the Caspian Sea, funded by the state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan. The oil company known as SOCAR, purportedly funneled $750,000 through nonprofits based in the United States to conceal the source of the funding for the conference in the former Soviet nation.

Headlines: Baptists Disinvite Prospective Candidate Ben Carson

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.

Headlines: Highland View Academy Goes 100% Solar

Happy Earth Day from Spectrum! In this week's Adventist-related news headlines,

Headlines: Kenyan Adventist Pastor Says "Quit Using Condoms"

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.

Headlines: Ted Wilson Becomes First Adventist President to Meet With UN Secretary General

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, . . .

HEADLINES: School Reopens in Namibia After 62 Years.

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.

Headlines: Kenya Dorm Fire Kills Three

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."

Headlines: Adventist Church Drops VALIC for Empower Retirement

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.

Headlines: Adventist Legal Affairs Director Supports Muslim Woman Against Abercrombie & Fitch.

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

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