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Makers of "Seventh-Gay Adventists" Say New Film Project Answers the Question, "What Next?"

Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer, the husband-wife team behind the "Seventh-Gay Adventists" film, have started raising funds for a new companion film that they say will offer answers to the question "What is next?" for Seventh-day Adventists who have started important conversations about homosexuality.

Two Adventist Universities Receive, Tout Glowing Media Coverage

Two Seventh-day Adventist universities, one from South America and one from North America, received favorable media coverage for their advancement of healthy lifestyles and values. On October 16 at River Plate Adventist University (Universidad Adventista del Plata or UAP in Spanish) in Argentina, officials signed a document attesting the school’s official certification as the first “Healthy University” in the country.  The institution has promoted the Adventist health message for 116 years.

On Halloween and Facing Our Shadow

My strongest and earliest memory of Halloween is of my father. Imagine a dark, chilly, autumn evening in South London. Dad awaits a horde of English children knock-knock-knocking for chocolate and treats. He’s grumbling about how rude it is to beg and not say thank you, how these children interrupt his time with the evening radio news, and how dare they vandalize his car as a trick.

Tara VinCross Discusses Her Rejection and Acceptance as a Woman Pastor

Count Lisa Arosarena among those initially opposed to Tara VinCross's arrival as senior pastor of the Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. "I didn't like the idea, and I didn't want to be here if that was gonna be what was going on," Arosarena said.

June Davis agreed. "When the conference president recommended that we have a woman minister, I think we were all quite stunned."

Perspective: Five Scriptures We Christians Should Ponder

Before his retirement from denominational employment in 2011, James Coffin served for nearly 36 years as a youth pastor, senior pastor and editor for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He currently is executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. His executive committee has representation from an array of faith traditions: Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian (both Catholic and Protestant), Hindu, Jewish, Muslim (both Sunni and Shia), Sikh and Unitarian.

PUC Legal Counsel Requests Removal of "Adam and Steve" Video

On Wednesday, archival video of pastor and Pacific Union College Chaplain Jonathan Henderson’s widely viewed “Adam and Steve” sermon from his Fall Revival series at PUC disappeared from the PUC Church Livestream page. The video had garnered over 33,000 views in 138 countries, and quickly spread virally on social media before suddenly going offline.

Spectrum featured the video on October 10 as that day’s Sabbath Sermon. It became one of the most viewed articles for the month of October.

Hangzhou China: "About 100 Faithful Members Each Week"

In 1989, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou, China was founded on the condition that Seventh-day Adventists manage the hospital. It's benefactor and namesake requested Adventist oversight after his mother was treated at an Adventist hospital in the Far East.

Oops! Andrews Smarter than Walla Walla According to Business Insider Rankings

We spoke too soon when we called Walla Walla University the smartest Adventist university in North America. Walla Walla's ranking in the top 600 smartest U.S. colleges in a Business Insider report appeared to make them the only Adventist to attain such a ranking. That is, until an astute reader, Anthony Bosman, pointed out that Andrews Univeristy made the list too--some 90 slots ahead of Walla Walla.

Business Insider Ranks Walla Walla Among Smartest U.S. Colleges

Of the Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities in North America, only Walla Walla University* in Southeastern Washington State made Business Insider's list of 600 Smartest Colleges in America. Walla Walla tied with nine other colleges for 600th place.

Headlines: Gillian Seton Says Ebola Epidemic Exaggerates Risks

Here is our weekly roundup of headlines featuring Adventists around the world.

Dr. Gillian Seton, Loma Linda School of Medicine graduate (pictured), finds that news coverage of the ebola epidemic exaggerates the risks of infections but misses the real needs to defeat the outbreak. Full Aritlce: Loma Linda Graduate Working in Liberia Updates Ebola Situation

New York Times: Jordanian Artifacts Loaned to Andrews University Museum "A Coup"

The New York Times has written that a collection of artifacts from Jordan on loan to the Siegfried H. Horn Museum on the campus of Andrews University is a coup for the museum. The Times' report indicates that 48 fragments of ceramic figures of humans and horses, possibly religious in nature, will be housed in the Horn Museum for a year. The relics from the 8th to the 6th century B.C. were extracted from sites in Tall Jalul, Jordan over more than a decade, ending in 2012. According to the report, the sharing of artifacts like these is increasingly uncommon.

Utah Bible & Science Conference Panel Discussion II: Audience Peppers Panel With Questions

LOMA LINDA - After panelists at the discussion of the St. George, Utah International Conference on the Bible and Science finished giving opening remarks of various lengths, the panel engaged in a back-and-forth over changes in views on the Trinity and on the age of the earth within the Seventh-day Adventist community. Following that discussion, moderator Jim Walters invited questions from audience members. The following are synopses of the questions asked in order, along with responses from respective panel members.

Sandra Roberts "Living Adventist History" Says Press Enterprise

The Press Enterprise, a regional news organization that covers Southern California's Inland Empire, has written an article about the first Seventh-day Adventist woman to serve as a conference president--Dr. Sandra Roberts. The article notes that while Roberts is making history, so are denominational administrators who refuse to recognize her election.

Utah Bible & Science Conference Panel Discussion: Defending and Dissecting the Conference

LOMA LINDA - Five participants in the August 2014 St. George, Utah International Conference on the Bible and Science discussed, debated, defended and dissected the conference in front of a scholarly audience at Loma Linda University's Damazo Amphitheater Saturday afternoon. Jim Walters of Loma Linda University's Center for Christian Bioethics hosted and moderated the panel discussion, and professor Richard Rice joined the five conference attendees at the table to contribute his theological perspectives to the discussion.

Yik Yak App Sweeps Adventist Campuses to Mixed Reviews

Yik Yak, a free social media app that lets users post anonymous “yaks" is sweeping Adventist college campuses.

Good Deeds from an Evil Heart? Sabbath School Podcast on James

Click the play button below for podcast of Alden Thompson, Pedrito Maynard-Reid and Dave Thomas discussing this week's Sabbath School lesson from the Book of James.


Synopsis: Doing, Not Just Hearing

I'm a Democrat Because of My Adventist Faith

With this article, we introduce a new regular feature we call the Spectrum Roundtable. In it, we invite participants with differing viewpoints to address the same topic or question. In this first edition of the Roundtable, Tom Gessel and Michael Peabody discuss the political outgrowths of their Adventist faith. -Editor

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