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Happy Birthday Ellen Gould Harmon White

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.

Trans-Europen Division Again Affirms Women in Church Leadership

The Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists (TED) has issued a statement of support and affirmation for women leaders of the church during the division's Year-end Meeting. The division reported that "TED Union Presidents unitedly, regardless of practice in their own Union, wanted to send a strong message of support and affirmation to all women, whether in a local church leadership position, working as a Bible worker or pastor, or serving in an administrative capacity." 

November

Come, for the dusk is our own; let us fare forth together,
With a quiet delight in our hearts for the ripe, still, autumn weather,
Through the rustling valley and wood and over the crisping meadow,
Under a high-sprung sky, winnowed of mist and shadow.

Sharp is the frosty air, and through the far hill-gaps showing
Lucent sunset lakes of crocus and green are glowing;
'Tis the hour to walk at will in a wayward, unfettered roaming,
Caring for naught save the charm, elusive and swift, of the gloaming.

Franco-Belgian Union Approves Statement in Favor of Women in Ministry

On Wednesday, Novemeber 11, the Franco-Belgian Union Conference Executive Committee met in Paris and approved the following statement, which it released on its website in French. The following translation has been provided for English readers. The original text follows below the English translation. -Ed.

Nous avons tous le même sang quand nous saignons

Today we mourn with those who mourn. Nous avons tous le même sang quand nous saignon. We all have the same blood when we bleed.

In honor of all those in Paris devastated by yesterday's attacks, and in solidarity with those refugees who have fled to Europe in search of new lives. Today we stand with them all.

Adventist Church in Australia Responds to Sex-Abuse News Report

On October 31, The Australian reported that the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia admitted failures in a sex-abuse case involving teacher and soccer coach Daniel Kyei at Brisbane Adventist College.

Dr. Steve Case Featured Presenter for 2015 GODencounters Conference

The GODencounters Conference, a ministry that specifically serves Millennials, has announced Steve Case as this year's headline speaker. The following release came from GODencounters co-founder A. Allan Martin, who is also teaching pastor at the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church in Arlington, Texas:

October

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;

Member of Grants Pass Adventist Church Sarena Dawn Moore Among Umpqua Shooting Victims

Sarena Dawn Moore, a member of the Grants Pass Oregon Seventh-day Adventist Church, was one of nine victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting on October 1, 2015. In addition to Moore, the following individuals have been named by the media as victims in the Umpqua shooting:

Adventist Church in Denmark Joins Norway in Suspending All Ordinations

Just after the Norwegian Union Conference announced that it would cease ordaining all pastors, the Adventist Church in Denmark stated that it would do likewise. The Danish Union of Churches Conference based in Nærum, Denmark published a statement on its website stating that the Union will suspend the ordination of pastors. The following is the Danish Union's statement in full:

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