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Pacific Union College Names Eric Anderson President

Pacific Union College in a media release today announced that former Southwestern Adventist University President Dr. Eric Anderson will serve as interim president when outgoing PUC President Heather Knight steps aside in January 2017. The statement from PUC's media relations department follows:

Dear PUC Community:

Friedensau Adventist University Administration Issue Statement on "Unity in Mission" Document

Today, the administration of Friedensau Adventist University issued a statement responding to the General Conference's "Unity In Mission" document, which that body's Executive Committee voted during its Annual Council on October 11, 2016. The response from Friedensau follows in its entirety. -Ed.

Amid Silence from Adventist Leaders, Church Members Again Confront Paul Charles in Open Letter

The following open letter, has been sent to newly-appointed Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) President Dr. Solomon Maphosa and other top leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination after several months of silence on the matter of SID Commucation Director Paul Charles' ongoing employment.

Adventist Forum Announces 2016 Conference Program

The 2016 Adventist Forum Annual Conference, Non-violence and the Atonement, will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland from September 16-18. The keynote speaker is Gregory Boyd (read his Spectrum exclusive interview with Carmen Lau here).

Anna Bacchiocchi, Spouse of Samuele Bacchiocchi Passes Away at 77

Anna Bacchiocchi, the widow of Adventist theologian and author Samuele Bacchiocchi, was found deceased in her Berrien Springs home on Sunday, according to local news reports. Her son and daughter-in-law found her unresponsive. Emergency personnel determined that she died from exposure to carbon monoxide. Her dog was also found dead inside the house, which tipped off authorities to a potential gas leak.

NAD Leaders Will Speak at Church-Organized Rally Tonight in Washington DC

The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists is responding to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile with a march on Washington this evening. Adventist congregations near the North American Division headquarters have organized the march at which the division president and executive secretary will speak. The following announcement has been released on social media:

The Seventh-day Adventist Church's Official Stance on Assault Weapon Sales: Ban Them!

The Pulse Massacre Sunday in Orlando, Florida has once again shone a light on the use of assault weapons in acts of mass violence. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has spoken clearly against the legal sale and purchase of such weapons.

The following is the Seventh-day Adventist Church's official stance on assault weapons, adopted in 1990. -Ed.

 

Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sweden Votes to Stop All Pastoral Ordinations

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sweden announced today that like Norway and Denmark and Belgium-Luxembourg have done, the Swedish Union of Churches Conference will cease ordaining pastors.

Belgian-Luxembourg Conference Suspends All Pastoral Ordinations

The Belgian Luxembourg Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has released a statement announcing that the conference will no longer ordain pastors until women and men are ordained equally in the Adventist Church. The conference also announced that women will be given equal pay to their male counterparts.

January

January is here, with eyes that keenly glow,
A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow.

Excerpt from “The Masque of Months” by Edgar Fawcett

 

The days are short,
The sun a spark,
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Fat snowy footsteps
Track the floor.
Milk bottles burst
Outside the door.

The river is
A frozen place
Held still beneath
The trees of lace.

The sky is low.
The wind is gray.
The radiator
Purrs all day.

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