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Majority of TOSC Backs Women's Ordination

With a new third option being put forward to members of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee at its last meeting this week, the concluding vote taken was a complicated one.


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Adventism and I have had a rough year. 

The church where my wife and I have our membership went through that well-worn and painful experience of losing a pastor, experiencing conflict with the conference, and dwindling. 

Seventh-Gay Adventists on iTunes

For anyone who hasn't yet watched the film Seventh-Gay Adventists, now is your chance. Today the Seventh-Gay Adventists film has made it to iTunes (English-speaking territories) and is available on iTunes for $7.99. Producer Daneen Akers says the prices have intentionally been kept low to make sure anyone who wants to engage with these stories can.

The film, which follows three gay Adventist couples, has been shown in special screenings and film festivals around North America and further abroad for the past two years.

Did Loma Linda University Help Finance "Prophetess of Health?"

During a public discussion on Sabbath, May 30, some may have understood Ronald Numbers to have said that the Loma Linda University Division of Religion helped finance Prophetess of Health:  A Study of Ellen G.

Jan Paulsen Speaks About Ordination as TOSC Meets for Final Session

This week, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee convenes for its fourth and final meeting to discuss the ordination of women. The study committee will finalize a report to the General Conference, which will be reviewed and discussed at the 2014 Annual Council. The Annual Council will decide what to refer to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. The Adventist News Agency (APD) in Switzerland today published a story about Jan Paulson, and his comments on women's ordination. An excerpt appears here:

Methodist Church May Split Over Sexuality Issues

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is not the only church struggling with issues of sexuality and church doctrine. An article from Religion News Service reports that a group of 80 pastors from the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the US, says a split in the church is imminent.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Negotiating the Creation-Evolution Wars

Many readers are likely somewhat familiar with Fritz Guy’s thinking regarding Genesis One, with some of this having been developed in recent years through books and articles available to Spectrum readers. It is his belief that a literal reading of Genesis is mistaken, and those inclined to take this approach, if consistent, must deal with the literal definition of “firmament,” for example, intended by the ancient author of Genesis as a concept that even most biblical literalists will recognize to be problematic.

Three Angles News - Adventists Support World No Tobacco Day

1. “Raising Tobacco Taxes” is the motto for this year's World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Report from Union College: Local Literary Wonders

Seven desks drawn into a circle, tea brewing in the background and books pulled out of every backpack.

Silences in Our Texts: A Response to the Sexual Practices Guideline

Seventh-day Adventists are a textual people.

My Church Doesn't Care About Me

There is something frightfully wrong with the Seventh-day Adventist church today — a problem that has pervaded most religious organizations around the world. If not dealt with, it can take away all of the good that the SDA church has done in the world. The problem is this: My church doesn’t care about me.

Ignition! Donor Lights a Big Match

It just became easier for you to help us close the remaining $32,000 gap for us to raise $250,000 for this year’s annual fundraising campaign.

Wishing to inspire more financial support for Spectrum, a longtime supporter has pledged to match up to 10 contributions of $1000 each made by June 30. This creates the possibility for us to receive a surge of $20,000 from this match challenge. Do you like doubling your money or return?  Here’s the perfect chance.

Innovate, Innovate, Innovate: The Review & Herald and the Dilemma of Adventist Publishing

Adventist publishing: When the church praises it, it’s a ministry. When the church critiques it, it’s a business.

Of course, it’s both. And it needs wholesale reinvention.

Adventism and Fundamentalism Cannot Thrive Together

The founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church wanted the freedom to study the Scriptures for themselves, and to follow the Bible wherever it would lead them.  “Why should we end the reformation with Martin Luther, John Calvin, Menno Simons, Thomas Cranmer, or John Wesley?” was the sentiment among our pioneers.

Three Angles News - New CEO at Loma Linda

1. An interim CEO has been named for Loma Linda University Medical Center. Kerry Heinrich will oversee the six hospitals that make up the Medical Center while a permanent replacement for Ruthita Fike, who resigned, is found.

Caring for Words: Cherish Silence

This is the last installment of our "Caring for Words" book club. Thank you so much to all the writers, discussers, and readers who participated, and may God help us all to be excellent stewards of the gift of language.

Final Reflections from Friedensau: What Have We Learned?

By Thursday lunchtime last week, the 19 men at Friedensau Adventist University had told their stories of the various responses of the Seventh-day Church to the First World War and looked at the effects of the war on the church.

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Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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