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The Fraternity Welcomes a Woman

At just past 10 minutes to 2pm today the brotherhood of conference presidents welcomed Sandra K. Roberts into their fraternity.

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General Conference Statement on Sandra Roberts' Election as Conference President

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

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The Good Shepherd: Dostoyevsky’s Penultimate Trajectory for Ethics

“[T]heology must cultivate the silence of death.”[1]

Before the modern period, theology was considered the queen of all the sciences.[2] Based on the foundation for human endeavors provided by theologians, scholars in all disciplines strove to:

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Report from Takoma Academy: Soccer Team Wins A State Title

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.

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Of Birds and Lilies

Let's talk about three possible human responses to life events.

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Sandra Roberts Becomes First Woman President

To loud applause Sunday afternoon, Dr. Sandra Roberts was confirmed as Southeastern California Conference’s next president, making her the first Adventist woman to be elected as a conference president.

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Three Angles News + Bonus - October 26, 2013

1. Shortly after they were married two years ago, Yessenia Suarez and Luis Toledo were baptized together at the Deltona Spanish SDA Church in Deltona, Florida. Now Toledo is locked in jail while authorities search for the bodies of Suarez and her nine-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son.

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Sabbath Sermon: Smuts Van Rooyen, "Feeding the Deep Hunger"

Smuts Van Rooyen Thursday, June 2, 2011 Feeding the Deep Hunger from John Treolo on Vimeo.

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Senator Ted Cruz's Adventist Connections

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Tea Party darling and the face of the recent government shutdown strategy, is married to the daughter of Adventist missionaries and a graduate of Monterey Bay Adventist Academy in California.

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Martin Doblmeier's Sequel, The Adventists 2: A Review

In 2010 a surprising new documentary appeared on the screen: The Adventists. From independent filmmaker Martin Doblmeier, director of such films as Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa and BONHOEFFER, it explored the Adventist church’s contribution to the field of health. Now, Doblmeir has just released a sequel for broadcast on American public television. The Adventists 2 is an intriguing, inspiring, and well-rounded portrait of how faith educates, motivates, and transforms lives around the world.

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Happy Great Disappointment Day

David Trim, director of Archives, Statistics and Research at the General Conference, talks about The Great Disappointment of 1844.

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Three Angles News - October 21, 2013

1. Volunteers are wanted for a large-scale Walnuts and Healthy Aging Study by Loma Linda University that hopes to determine links between walnut consumption and brain, eye, and cognitive functions.

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Sabbath Sermon: Ted Wilson, "Illuminate the Earth with God's Glory"

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Annual Council Has a Lighter Side

Ansel Oliver wrote this piece for ANN, published October 16, about the jokes shared from the podium during Annual Council - both deliberate and accidental - that kept delegates laughing.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Black Bean Soup

In addition to memorable Sabbath meals, Sabbath at the Spectrum Café features fresh perspectives on food, community and unique stories surrounding vegetarian cuisine.

Just as God knew Jeremiah in the womb, so he knew me. He knew I was going to be a vegetarian before I saw the light of day. One problem—nothing is perfect in this world—I was born into a meat-eating, steak-and-potatoes family. As early as I can remember, meat disgusted me. I remember gagging at the fat on the side of my lamb chop, praying that God would make it disappear.

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The Final Pitches: Annual Council Diary, Day Six

It was the last day of Annual Council. General Conference Vice President Lowell Cooper was pitching a document on governing board autonomy, independence, and accountability in colleges and universities. He said the original version of the document had been circulated to the administrations and board chairs of the various Adventist colleges and universities. Recommendations from that group had been used to revise the document that was being presented. As usual the chair of the meeting asked if there were any comments. And this time, surprisingly, there were.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: What Have Volcanoes and Soils Told Me?

For the last several articles of this series we have been looking at geological data that suggests the earth to be of an age far in excess of a few thousand years. In this article we meet a field geologist who discusses some of the evidence of age found in the soil, and who consequently struggles to relate the data to Adventist interpretations of a young earth. In the final analysis, he seeks unity of data with religious beliefs.

-Jan M. Long

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The Good News, Bad News Day: Annual Council Diary, Day Five

In the beginning there were movies about creation, animal encounters and beyond. And it was very good. There were also reports from every possible General Conference department on how they are participating in the “Creation: The World is a Witness” evangelism project for 2014. From creation care features in the stewardship magazine to children’s curriculum on creation, it seems every possible angle has been considered.

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Money for the Younger Set, Lessons for the Leaders: Annual Council Diary, Day Four

Annual financial reports were presented to the Executive Committee of the General Conference on Monday and a $175 million budget was voted. Treasurer Robert Lemon’s report mixed philosophical musings with the reality of the numbers. For a variety of reasons, he said, the September financial statement shows the church is $9 million behind where it was last year at this time.

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Discovering Broomfield's Seventh-day Adventist Church

Last week the Broomfield Enterprise, the local paper for one of Denver's suburbs, published a piece about the wonderful welcome offered by The Journey - a local Seventh-day Adventist congregation. Local religion columnist George McHendry called it "one of the best-kept church secrets in my years of writing this column."

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