Amidst the avalanche of material that has been written on women’s ordination in the past several years, the North American Division Report presented this past week distinguishes itself as a comprehensive document that covers all the important aspects of the topic, includes material from multiple viewpoints and presents a way forward for the church.
Lawrence Geraty, Adventist Forum Board Member, recently offered to help a small group of volunteers write thank you notes to people who have generously supported Spectrum in the past. Here’s his account of how one thing led to another as well as a reminder of the gift and magic of friendship. Names of the friends have been changed to protect their privacy.
Seventh-day Adventist world church president Ted N. C. Wilson published this piece in the online Huffington Post yesterday. The article sets the Adventist church apart from "some religious groups in America" that "have repeatedly sought to influence various sectors of government to enshrine particular principles." It cites examples of how Adventists have been on the side of religious liberty since our church's founding 150 years ago.
General Conference policy opposes discrimination based on gender (as well as race and color), but then goes on to contradict itself. Dr.
SILVER SPRING - North American Division president Daniel Jackson issued a statement of clarification Tuesday morning at the start of the Year-end Meeting business session. Addressing the swift online response to news that on Monday, delegates voted in favor of women's ordination, Jackson sought to set the record straight. He reiterated that the vote did not signal a change in policy. Instead, the vote approved the recommendation of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee. The motion approved by delegates was as follows:
SILVER SPRING - After several hours of reports from the North American Division Theology of Ordination Study Committee and lengthy discussion, attendees of the NAD Year-end Meeting voted 182 to 31 in favor of accepting the motion stating,
On Friday evening, attendees to the NAD year-end meetings were invited to preview the documentary The Blueprint by filmmaker Martin Doblmeier. The one-hour film is scheduled to air on PBS in 2014. David George, coordinator of the film program at Southern Adventist University, wrote this review of The Blueprint for Spectrum.
SILVER SPRING - General Conference president Ted N. C. Wilson took the pulpit Friday night at the North American Division Year-end Meeting laying out again the key components of his presidential vision. Elder Wilson's sermon was as notable for what he did not say as for what he said.
North American Division president Daniel Jackson gave a brief introduction, joking that he was being asked to welcome Wilson to his own home. Then Jackson quickly exited the stage and Wilson took over.
Seventh-day Adventist world church officials today released a statement regarding a local conference that recently elected as president a person who is not recognized by the world church as an ordained minister. Ordination is one of the criteria for being a conference president. The statement, in its entirety, follows:
Moving Forward Together
A response from the General Conference to recent actions in North America
The Takoma Academy Boys Soccer team made history last Thursday by becoming the first TA team to win the Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League (MISAL) championship title. Takoma Academy, founded in 1904 and originally a part of the Washington Training Institute (now known as Washington Adventist University), has one of the higher enrollments of the 1,472 Adventist secondary schools around the world. It has become known in recent years for its rigorous academic program. Now its sports program is stealing headlines.