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New Trans European Division President Nominated

Raafat Kamal, the field secretary and assistant to the president of the Trans European Division, has been nominated to serve as the new president of the Division in a meeting of the Division Executive Committee with General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson. The nomination goes to the July 10 meeting of the General Conference Administrative Committee for approval.

SONscreen 2014: Looking Back and Ahead

UPDATED May 8 with festival organizer's comments.

Looking back at SONscreen 2014, some of the filmmakers who attended from around the US reflect on the Adventist film festival.

Adventists In The Military: The Death of a Peace Church?

This presentation concludes the Advent Movement series at the Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, CA. Ron Osborn considers Adventists’ changing attitudes on military involvement.

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California has been hosting a multi-part series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the video below, USC adjunct professor of Politics and International Relations, Ronald Osborn, addresses Adventists’ changing attitude on military involvement from strident anti-war non-combatancy to a much more lax attitude.

North American Division Reports on Women's Ordination News

In a helpful document that gathers the recent motions and actions of conferences and unions across the North American Division (NAD) as well as General Conference actions, the NAD Communication Department has published the first official report on the current women's ordination discussion. While individual union and conferences have posted and published reports of their local actions, the NAD report is the first one to bring together all of the actions.

Leaders Respond to the GC/NAD Conflict Over Equality for Adventist Women

Martin Weber, D.Min. — Director of Communication, Mid-America Union Conference
 
Elder Dan Jackson has brought an unprecedented quality of leadership to North America, in my opinion: visionary, inspiring, courageous and compassionate. Thus I am saddened by his apology that accompanied the reversal of Policy E-60 related to women in leadership. To quote: “. . . We were doing so under the assumption that the North American Division had a constituency separate and distinct from the General Conference. Unfortunately, we were wrong and we sincerely apologize.”
 

Paulsen Honored by King Harald V of Norway

Dr. Jan Paulsen, former Seventh-day Adventist world church President, has been appointed Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald V of Norway. In the announcement released to the media February 2, the Royal Palace states that “H. M. The King has appointed Jan Paulsen Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for meritorious work for the good of humanity.”

For Pastor Paulsen, 77, the news came as a “complete surprise.”

La Sierra University Fills Two Administrative Positions

The following was sent to the La Sierra University community:

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Bradfield has accepted an appointment as the Interim Vice President for Advancement at  La Sierra University.

Greeting Atlanta, Adventist Church Holds Press Conference

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ATLANTA: Today the Seventh-day Adventist Church held its first press conference of the 59th General Conference Session.

Unraveling a Witch Hunt: La Sierra Under Seige

On May 23, an anonymously-created website, LaSierraUniversity.net appeared attacking the school for paying biology professors who teach "naturalistic evolution." Featuring letters that have been circulating around cyberspace to church leaders as well as responses from La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey, the site documents the latest in a long series of heated clashes over the role of the academy in the mission of the church as well as the intellectual responsibilities of teachers.







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