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In a press release issued on April 29, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists shared a proposal being weighed about its media production ministries and studio. Chaired by Dan Jackson, president of the NAD, the meeting took place at the Adventist Media Center in Simi Valley, Calif., where Breath of Life Ministries, Faith For Today, It Is Written, Jesus 101 Biblical Institute, La Voz de la Esperanza, and The Voice of Prophecy are currently produced.
This follows on news in April 2012 that these associated TV ministries would offer the NAD proposals for relocating to less expensive production facilities in Southern California. But the 2013 proposal moves all direct NAD media production to church headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The proposal included the following issues:
1. Allowing the present Media Ministries to relocate. The Division would grant permission for the media ministries to relocate outside the Adventist Media Center, urging them to move with expedience. Further, to whatever degree is appropriate, the Division would assist them in doing so. This transition should not disrupt the delivery of programming and services such as Bible correspondence and study requests.
2. A time period of 12-18 months for the media ministries to carry out the planning, and accomplish relocation. Specifically associated with this proposal is the provision for allowing 12-18 months for each media ministry in which to wind down activity at the Media Center location. Efforts will be made to minimize the impact on employees who will be affected by and during the transition and relocation period.
3. Sell the property housing the current Adventist Media Center. Concurrent with this move, the Division would begin moving toward an attempt to sell the Adventist Media Center property in a commercially viable fashion.
4. Utilize the studio facilities at the Division offices for production. While the creation of equivalent facilities to those at the Media Center in California is not anticipated, it is the intent of the Division to create in the facilities occupied by the Division (in Silver Spring, Md.) studio facilities adequate to meet the needs required by the Division that lie outside the specific needs of the various media ministries.
5. Ongoing commitment to providing funding for the media ministries. As a part of this process, and in clear understanding that the media ministries are part of the NAD ministry effort, funding levels from the Division would be identified for each of the media ministries in order to allow them to fulfill their mission.
6. Commitment to explore new possibilities for media development. The Division anticipates a significant role for the media ministries in the future of media in North America; beyond the role they currently play.
The North American Division Committee will receive the recommended proposal from the AMC Board.
On April 27, 2013, Cherise Gardner was ordained to Adventist ministry at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventists Church.
Cherise Gardner, a native of the Bahamas, has been serving in some aspect of ministry since the age of five, when she decided to become a minister, like her grandfather.
Cherise earned an B.A. in Religion and a B.S. in Business Administration from Northern Caribbean University, before serving as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. Before coming to Glendale, Calif., where she serves as Pastor for Children and Family Ministry, Cherise earned a M.A.* in Religion with an emphasis in Christian Social Ethics, from La Sierra University, Riverside, Calif.
She is the wife and best friend of Hugh Gardner.
The following photographs were taken by Gerry Chudleigh, publisher of the Pacific Union Recorder.
*The article misidentified her third degree as a B.A.. It has been corrected.
1. A young Michigan women is suing Peterson-Warren Academy and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists over alleged sexual abuse by an assistant principal.
2. Governor General of Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen hailed Pastor Kenneth Vaz as a learned and humble servant of God during a service of thanksgiving for the life of the late former president of West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University).
3. The Dakotas Conference has moved its headquarters to Bismarck, North Dakota, from Pierre, S.D.
During a 2006 discussion in Beverly Hills, Calif., Benjamin Carson, Francis Collins, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett debated issues of "Science and Faith." It is moderated by former ABC journalist Kathleen Matthews.
A haystack by any other name: nachos, an organized taco salad, Frito pie, or perhaps a petro. If you’ve shared enough meals with Adventists, you’ve probably watched the construction of the ubiquitous haystack, or heard it mentioned, much like the phrase “Happy Sabbath.”*
This week’s Spectrum Café features thoughts on haystacks from a fresh perspective: non-Adventist college students. “What the Haystack?!”, directed by Pacific Union College film and television major Halstyn Hart, explores the perspectives that six students (Catholic, Buddhist, Pentecostal, “not really religious” and non-denominational) have about Adventism, through their experiences at PUC. The film premiered at the recent SONscreen film festival in Simi Valley (click here for photos from the festival; scroll down to see what was served for Sabbath lunch). See below for an excerpt from the film.
Hart says that growing up as an Adventist inspired her curiosity about a non-Adventist perspective on life at a denominational college campus. Through the film, she found that the students featured were “confused about the Adventist practices and the culture that we have formed,” she says. “Haystacks are the tangible [representation] of Adventist culture; people have eaten similar things, but the term is new.” But, in a past article, the Adventist Review thinks they might have found the origin of Adventist haystacks.
“The haystack is a good doorway to sharing with friends. It’s something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re vegetarian or not,” Hart says. For comparison, Hart also serves the students an exotic buffet of meat analogues, including veggie burgers, veggie links, and Stripples. The “fake meat” was much less popular than haystacks, but as one student bravely states, “When I was younger, I ate the chocolate-covered cricket thing. It’s OK; I’ll explore.”
Hart is looking for a way to share the film beyond its current YouTube audience. And, she muses, “I still don’t know why we call them haystacks.”
Note: This video is an excerpt from "What the Haystack?!"
What do you think of as the quintessential haystack? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
“Just a stack of food,” as one Adventist woman writes on her website. This West Coast-style, vegan-friendly dish is my version of the perfect haystack. I usually volunteer to bring the salsa.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: n/a
1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
1 15-oz can black beans
Sharp Cheddar cheese (or Cheddar-style almond “cheese”), grated
Romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
Medium-spicy fresh salsa
Sour cream (perhaps)
1. Place the tortilla chips on a plate and lightly crush them.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed (very important).
3. Wish your neighbors “Happy Sabbath."
*Spectrum couldn’t feature a food column without mentioning haystacks, sooner or later.
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3. During a meeting on reforming Trinidad's constitution, a gay activist discussed the discrimination he faces. A newspaper reported the following response by a representative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
A representative of the public affairs department of the Seventh Day Adventist Church said everybody has the right to choose a lifestyle including her “homosexual brother”, referring to Robinson. She added they should not be discriminated against and should have a right to justice.
She noted, however, that this country should not “swing to the next direction” like the Courts in Canada and Australia where people who refuse to marry same sex couples, refuse to build houses for same sex couples or those who wear the symbol of the cross to work are penalised.
She stressed that religious people have rights and homosexual people have rights and when these come into conflict no one party should be disadvantaged for being a “conscientious objector”.
She called for supremacy of God to be retained in the Constitution.
This video documents Adventist leaders and thousands of youth from the Northeast of America participating in the Compassion March Against Violence in New York City on March 22. Read Spectrum's report here.