One of the biggest stories of 2015 for the Seventh-day Adventist Church was its refusal to grant regional autonomy to the Church's 13 divisions concerning ordination. During the San Antonio General Conference Session in July, a majority of delegates voted no on the question: "Is it acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem it appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry?"
The Czecho-Slovakian Union Conference has issued a statement that regrets the decision of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, during the July 2015 Session in San Antonio,Texas, against allowing divisions to make provision in their territories for the ordination of women. The statement cites the example of Jesus and the early Christian Church in favor of equality between men and women. The statement was adopted by the Czecho-Slovakian Union Conference on November 11, 2015.
The Hansa Conference in the North German Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which includes the states of Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Schleswig-Holstein, has reiterated its commitment to a statement drafted in 2012, which spoke in favor of the ordination of pastors to ministry without regard to gender.
In drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
Their green felicity:
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them;
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime.
In drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy brook,
Thy bubblings ne’er remember
Apollo’s summer look;
But with a sweet forgetting,
They stay their crystal fretting,
Never, never petting
About the frozen time.
This evening (Friday, December 4), the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a prayer vigil intended to help the communities around Loma Linda, San Bernardino and Redlands, California experience the emotions that have accompanied Wednesday's mass shooting, and to begin the healing process.
The Azure Hills Church is located in Grand Terrace, California, a community adjacent to San Bernardino where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik went on a shooting spree that resulted in fourteen dead and many more wounded.
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Ellen Gould Harmon and her twin sister Elizabeth came into the world on this day (November 26) in 1827. Ellen married James Springer White on August 30, 1846. They had four sons. Only two, Edson and William, survived into adulthood.
Ellen White is best known for her prolific writings on health and spirituality. She was one of the founding members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.