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1. After Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to same-sex couples, the woman who championed the effort was ousted from her church congregation: the Ridgedale Church of Christ.
2. Dollar General may be liable for firing a manager in New Jersey who refused to work on the Sabbath because he is a Seventh-day Adventist, a federal judge has ruled.
This is the second installment in a three-part subseries in our "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" series, curated by Jan M. Long. These three articles, written by Mailen Kootsey, address the sources of variation in biology. Previous "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" articles can be found here.
On August 8, the Pew Research Center hosted a round-table on “Religion Trends in the US,” featuring sociologists Claude Fischer of the University of California at Berkeley and Michael Hout of New York University; Gallup’s Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport; and the Pew Research Center’s Greg Smith, the Director of US Religion Surveys for the Religion & Public Life Project.
When I told my friends I would be moving to Egypt this summer, there was invariably a pause. “But is it safe?” they would ask.
Is Egypt safe? That seems to be the question of the hour. For me it is personal as I’m planning to live here with my family for the next five or more years.
With an urban area population of 16 million, Cairo sits squarely between Moscow and Los Angeles in size. Ancient, crowded, and diverse, Cairo is truly a global city.
In addition to memorable Sabbath meals, Sabbath at the Spectrum Café features fresh perspectives on food, community and unique stories surrounding vegetarian cuisine.
Against the constant complaint that we lived harried lives, the Sabbath comes (so Abraham Joshua Heschel said) as a “sanctuary in time.”
And as a festival of food, or better, fellowship and food.
The Adventist Peace Fellowship, a lay-organized 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to interfaith work for peace and social justice, has re-launched its website with expanded initiatives, tools, and resources.
1. The New York Post reports on a sexual harassment lawsuit against pastor Jose Burroughs, coordinator of the Hispanic ministries department of the Northeastern Conference in Queens, New York, brought by Grecia Mena, secretary in the women's ministries department.
“It is the work of true education. . . to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men's thought.”
– Education, Chapter 1, page 17
Ironically, the first time I came across this paean to independent thought was when feverishly memorizing quotations for a soon-coming high school exam. Flipping furiously through a thick stack of notecards, I focused on each line until the words blurred together. Every missed letter counted against my grade, and I wanted to get it exactly right.
The first SDA app, called Heroes, has been released. Adventist News Network published this story today about the app:
The first Seventh-day Adventist game for iPhone and iPad was downloaded 3,000 times in the first 48 hours of its release, tripling the benchmark analysts say a mobile app should meet in its first week to be considered successful.
Challah is Jewish Sabbath bread. Of the various stories I have heard about its Jewish meanings, the one I like best says that challah, with its distinctive braided shape, reminds us that on Fridays the God of Israel faithfully provided for His Chosen a double portion of manna in the wilderness, so that there was no need to gather food on the Sabbath.
1. An employee of the Federal Aviation Administration, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, is suing his employer and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association union, claiming the union and FAA officials used his religious beliefs to punish him after he resigned from his union. Matthew Gray resigned because he believes union membership is contrary to his faith.
When the Theology of Ordination Study Committee met in Baltimore in July 2013, its purpose was specifically to consider the ordination of women. On the first morning of the session there was a presentation of a “Consensus Statement on a Seventh-day Adventist Theology of Ordination” that had been prepared and presented at a previous session, revised by a special reading committee and slightly revised again in the session before being approved.