Following the discussion and vote on ordination at the General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, July 9 in which the Worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church decided to pursue its current course on the ordination of women, the Adventist Church in the Netherlands has issued the following statement:
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is poised to debate and to vote Wednesday on whether or not it is acceptable for divisions to make provision for the ordination of women within their territories. While the vote carries significant symbolic weight, the question as it is phrased has very little practical significance.
In this video produced by the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Chris Oberg, senior pastor of La Sierra University church, interviews Sandra Roberts, president of Southeastern California Conference, on her views of the 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. As the video reveals, President Roberts will be one of the delegates on the floor of the Session as ordination is up for discussion. Roberts has voice and vote.
Today the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that overturned bans on same-sex marriage in several states, and extended the right to marry to same-sex couples in all fifty states. Below, following excerpts from the majority opinion authored by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the dissenting opinion by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, we have compiled a list of responses from an array of Seventh-day Adventists to the High Court's ruling. -Ed.
The world's attention has been drawn to Johannesburg, South Africa today after photographer James Oatway caught a violent attack on camera. During a night of unrest in Alexandra township, South Africans looted and destroyed foreign-owned shops. The next morning, Emmanuel Sithole of Mozambique was walking in the area when he was attacked by four South African nationals. Sithole was beaten and stabbed, and left for dead. Oatway captured graphic images of the attack that lasted just over two minutes.
The Seventh-day Adventist metanarrative anticipates events depicted in symbolic passages of Scripture in which celestial lights go dark, heavenly bodies fall from their places, and the very foundations of the earth are shaken.
Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman appeared on the David Letterman show, providing a pared down performance of a song that cuts to the very human heart of our eschatological anxieties.
If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountains
Should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry
Silent Sabbath, the day between Jesus' death on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, is not something that Adventists always observe. But marking the silence of God on Silent Sabbath offers a rich worship experience, one that you are invited to enter today.
This Silent Sabbath service was recorded at the La Sierra University Church on Easter Weekend, 2014.
"The lights are off for us today, and we are safe, because God is doing God's work," says Pastor Chris Oberg.
Kessia Reyne Bennett has served as a university chaplain, an evangelist, a pastor, and a social media professional. She is currently pursuing a PhD in systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
On January 24, she spoke at Loma Linda University Church's Re:Live Sabbath School during a weekend focused on the topic of women's ordination called "Women's Ordination: The Road to San Antonio." In her sermon entitled "Rights and Wrongs," Bennett addressed the problem with the argument for women's ordination.