The Norwegian Union Conference Executive Committee has voted to stop ordaining pastors, male and female. The following statement was issued on the union's website:
The Executive Committee of the Norwegian Union voted on Sunday September 20, 2015 to discontinue the practice of ordaining pastors. The action means a change of a previously established practice, but is loyal to the vote in San Antonio this summer not to allow individual world divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to make decisions regarding ordination of female pastors.
A crowd of an estimated 1,000 Seventh-day Adventists marched through the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa over the weekend to demonstrate against waves of violent crime in suburbs of Hilbrow, Berea and Yeoville. Voice of America (VOA) reported that murders, muggings, robberies, shootings, drug abuse, and the killing of police officers nationwide have risen dramatically, and the Adventist Church in the region marched for peace and divine intervention amid the surge in violence.
Fire broke out on Sunday, August 23 at the Walla Walla University Mountain View Apartments off campus. According to a statement on the Walla Walla University website, all students were safely evacuated from the building. The apartment complex at 207 Whitman Drive in College Place is owned by Walla Walla University and occupied by students. The complex includes four buildings with four apartments on each of three floors. Only one of the four buildings was affected by the fire.
In an emotional follow-up to his sermon, “A More Abundant Adventism,” Walla Walla University Church senior pastor Alex Bryan draws from the experiences of the early Christian church to compose a vision for the future of the Adventist Church--in particular, a church that embraces and includes its younger generations. He begins with the problem not of antipathy, but of apathy:
When the leadership of the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists recommended to the Spring Meadows Church in Sanford, Florida that the congregation reconsider its invitation of Amazing Facts speaker Doug Batchelor to a series of meetings in October, calling Batchelor a "polarizing influence," the reaction was swift and, perhaps unsurprisingly, polarized.
Several hundred family, friends and colleagues of Roy Branson attended a memorial service and celebration of his life at the Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, California. The service was broadcast live from Azure Hills for those unable to attend in person. Archival video of the event is now available on the Azure Hills Church's livestream page. Highlights of the event are pictured below.
WATCH: Roy Branson Memorial Service (Click link for the video page)
Paging through past issues of Spectrum is like removing the contents of a time capsule. Here’s the 1980’s discussion of the Davenport bankruptcy case and its implications for the finances of the church. Here are the stories of discipline voted and then abandoned for the conflicts of interest of many key employees. What should be done? Here are the problems with the publishing industry, a near bankrupt Pacific Press, forced to sell its valuable property and moved to a different location to resolve its problems.
What did it feel like to be on the ground in San Antonio when the Adventist Church voted on ordination? What seismic shifts are taking place in the denomination? What is next for Adventism?
The Los Angeles chapter of the Adventist Forum will meet this Sabbath, July 25, 2015 at 1pm in the Glendale City Church Chapel, located at 610 E. California, on the corner of Isabel and California. The meeting features Bonnie Dwyer, Editor, Spectrum Magazine, Dr. Larry Geraty, Professor & President Emeritus, La Sierra University, Jared Wright, Managing Editor, Spectrum Website, and other Forum staff. The topic is: "What Now? Adventism after San Antonio."