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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.

2015: The Year of Regional Autonomy

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?"

Former General Conference President Robert Folkenberg Memorial will be January 10

Robert S. Folkenberg, former president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, passed away during the week before Christmas, according to his family. He was 74. A memorial service is planned for January 10, at 4pm at the Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Florida, United States.

VIDEO: The First Adventist Women Ministers to be Ordained Share Their Stories

On December 5, 2015, 20 years almost to the day after the first women ministers were ordained in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the La Sierra University Church hosted an anniversary celebration featuring those pioneering women and their stories. 

Czecho-Slovakian Union Conference Issues Statement in Favor of Ordaining Women

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.

A-Caroling We Go

Join us in celebrating the Christmas season with these classic Christmas carols.

 

A cappella singer Peter Hollens released his rendition of Mary, Did You Know on December 8, 2015. In this arrangement, he sings all parts and then layers them together to create this beautiful performance.

 

Hansa Conference In Germany Affirms Prior Decision to Ordain Without Regard to Gender

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.

December

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.

Azure Hills Church Will Hold Prayer Vigil Tonight for California Communities

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. 

Almost To Our Giving Tuesday Goal, With Gratitude!

Spectrum needs your help in meeting our financial goals for 2015. We're participating in Giving Tuesday, during which nonprofits like Spectrum invite their communities to participate through giving. Last Giving Tuesday at this time, we had raised $11,525 from 43 donors. So far today we've raised $10,031 from 23 donors. To fund the coverage and content that our community relies on, we need your support.

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