Pragmatism, an American Adventist inheritance, brings us too often to look for solutions before we have framed the problem. We are accustomed to speeches on different topics presented in self-affirmative ways, that include answers that anticipate doubts. I consider this to be a weakness. I believe we need, first of all, to identify the problem, or, at least, list some of its aspects and categories.
The Spanish Adventist pastor and Equatorial Guinea Adventist Mission President, Manuel García Cáceres, was recently expelled from the African country after being accused of being a threat to national security. His wife and daughter remain there with the hope of being able to be reunited again with García, whether in Spain or another country.
When I moved to California from Great Britain nearly two decades ago, the request for hot tea prompted more than a few raised eyebrows and puzzled looks. Of course, I had never encountered iced tea before. But lately I have noticed the ready availability, not only of hot tea selections, but also of tea-making accoutrements (electric kettles, tea pots, novelty tea strainers, etc.), all happy signs of an evolving tea-friendly society.
During his presidency of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, Jan Paulsen participated in over 30 episodes of a one-hour live talk show broadcast on the church’s international television network. “Let’s Talk” gave young adults on six continents the opportunity to ask questions of their church’s president. It was unscripted and unrehearsed. The “Let’s Talk” website provided additional opportunities for them to express their questions directly to the president. These conversations in person and over email inspired this book. In it, Elder Paulsen invites Advent
Stan Patterson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Church Leadership and chair of the Department of Christian Ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. This sermon was recorded at the 2013 Georgia-Cumberland Conference South Georgia Camp Meeting in Macon, GA.
Thanks to Carmen Lau and Bille for recommending this sermon.
Constituency delegates approved a series of changes to La Sierra University’s bylaws during a special meeting held on the campus on May 23. The revised bylaws document passed by a vote of 69-10, or 87 percent, well beyond the two-thirds vote required for passage. The bylaws revisions provide refinement to La Sierra University’s governance, while addressing some concerns about the university’s bylaws expressed since 1996 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, La Sierra’s regional accrediting agency.
On May 21, 2013, United States Senate Chaplain Barry Black prayed the following at the General Conference headquarters to mark the 150th anniversary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Author and Finisher of our faith, You have been our Hope in ages past, and our Hope for years to come.
Early one Sunday morning when I was a teenager, I experienced the tantalizing smell of something I just had to eat. I was a student residing at the dormitory at Spicer Memorial College in India at that time. The smell, I thought, was something special on cafeteria’s breakfast menu. However, nothing on the menu that morning came close to the smell I had experienced earlier. A week went by, and at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning it returned—the same mouth-watering scent.
2. An article looking back 45 years to a tragedy in College View, Nebraska.
3. Four new unions created in West-Central Africa Division.
An argument over attorney-client privilege during the deposition of Pacific Union Conference President Ricardo Graham has brought to light the role of General Conference President Ted Wilson in the saga of La Sierra University’s accreditation.
Depositions are now underway in the case of the three La Sierra University employees who were coerced to resign in 2011. On Friday, May 17, 2013, their attorney Richard D. McCune filed a motion to compel testimony by Ricardo Graham, the chairman of the LSU Board.
Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson in California sets the table for this week's Sabbath at the Spectrum Café. The column features fresh perspectives on food, community and unique stories surrounding vegetarian cuisine.
My childhood memories of Sabbath breakfast are of typical Adventist fare: my mother’s dense whole-wheat bread baked earlier in the week in tall round cans and spread with peanut butter and honey, slices of canned pineapple with a mound of cottage cheese in the center, and interminable bowls of bland oatmeal with raisins and cashews.
Today the North American Division sent out a NewsPoints update that included some interesting leadership changes at several of its departments.
1. The Washington Post includes Pathfinders in an article about the growing interest in alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America.
2. Recently, the Pacific Union Conference officially recognized Pacific Union College religion professor Jean Sheldon, Ph.D., as an ordained minister.
3. Dr. Jay Sloop of Yakima, Wash., has disappeared in Kiev, Ukraine, where he was on a medical mission. The 77-year-old retired obstetrician was last seen about 6:45 a.m. local time Tuesday after he left a church compound for a morning walk, said Jay Wintermeyer, communications director for the Upper Columbia Conference.
In 2011, Beck's decided to commission a large number of "independent thinkers" from a variety of artistic disciplines. Each artist is asked to create interactive pieces, which are then displayed within or on large green cubes scattered throughout cities around the world. Passerby's can fully experience the art with the aid of a mobile app. Wired magazine calls it "the world’s first global networked augmented reality gallery." This week's films are profiles of three of the artists selected.
1. Reed + Rader
The Society of Adventist Philosophers is inviting submissions for papers and panels to be presented at its annual symposium. The title of the November 21, 2013, conference will be: Essentialism: Adventism and Questions of Race and Gender.
The keynote speaker this year is George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University and the editor of the book Christology and Whiteness: What Would Jesus Do?