1. Three members of the Maranatha French Adventist congregation in Lauderhill, Florida are dead and 13 more are injured following a tragic September 14 accident on I-75 near Ft. Myers, when the church van's tire exploded en route to a Haitian Adventist Convocation in Tampa, and the vehicle flipped. The accident was on national news.
On August 21, the deadly nerve gas sarin was released east of Damascus, killing hundreds of people. Ten days later, President Obama said in a televised speech that the US had a moral responsibility to respond forcefully in Syria but he would not do so until Congress voted on the use of military force. Last week, he laid out a detailed case for a limited strike against Syria to punish it for its deadly use of chemical weapons.
Chris Blake wrote this article for the Journal of Adventist Education, published this summer, about practical ways students can work toward becoming peacemakers. Look at what Union College students are doing. Studying peaceful methods to resolve conflicts - from the personal to the global - can be a useful exercise for all of us.
One week. Every Adventist school. Every year.
This call to action is laid out with astounding directness in an official Seventh-day Adventist Church statement entitled “A Call to Peace.”[i]
There were rocks scattered on the tables at the opening meeting of the Adventist Forum Conference in Chattanooga last week. Attendees were invited to write what they felt was their religious identity on one side of the rock. On the other side of the rock they were to write something in which they believed deeply.
This is the final 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.
The closing event of the Third Way conference was a four-way panel discussion, moderated by Lisa Clark Diller. It took the form of a series of questions about interfaith experiences and lessons learned, answered in turn by each of the participants. The panelists were Muslim Amin Issa, Adventists Valerie Radu and Darleen Handal, and Jewish Deborah Levine. In addition to spanning a variety of faiths, they represented differences of age, race, culture and gender.
Brian McLaren, author of "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?" spoke on Sabbath morning, September 7, at the Adventist Forum Conference. Several people had been asked to prepare responses, including President of Southern Adventist University Gordon Bietz. This is the response Bietz gave:
Dr. McLaren quotes Ivan Illich:
“If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.”[i]
“I’ll just stay here,” said one participant in the roundtable conversation hosted by Pastor Mike Fulbright.
This particular participant had enjoyed the prior conversation, “Urban, Adventist, and Incarnational” so much, and as seats swiftly filled at other tables, she elected to stay and engage the topic once more.
A coalition of 41 faith leaders, under the umbrella Quaker lobbying group The Friends Committee on National Legislation, have called on Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria. By virtue of the alphabetical listing of signatories, the Adventist Peace Fellowship will be the first organization seen by those who read the letter.
What do you claim as your identity? Where do you get your identity from? Is your first inclination to tell people you are a Seventh-day Adventist, or do you avoid that distinction? What do you really believe and how do you live out your belief? How do you maintain your beliefs while entering into communal conversations with those who think differently? These were the question asked at the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference.
This past weekend (September 6-8) I had the honor and pleasure of attending the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference at the Sheraton Read House Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As an intellectually inclined college student at Southern Adventist University, I normally would have followed this conference from afar, lacking the funds and possibly the time to go in person. But thanks to a generous anonymous donor, students in the honors program were given the chance to attend this year’s meeting; I was one of them, and what follows are some of my personal thoughts on the event.
Ryan Bell began his presentation on Sunday morning by playing a six-minute Mad TV video clip, in which a psychiatrist gives a patient this helpful advice for overcoming her many fears and problems: “Just stop it!”
When he took the platform, Bell told us he was going to talk to us about “How Interfaith Relationships Will (and Won’t) Save Us, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the World.”
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sabbath morning — Brian McLaren continued the talk he began last night about the challenges facing Christianity if we are to define our identity through kindness and benevolent towards others rather than a hostile identity that divides the world into "us" and "them."
The Chattanooga Times Free Press published a front page article Sabbath, September 7, about this weekend's Adventist Forum Conference. Reporter Clint Cooper interviewed conference organizers and participants earlier this week.
A national conference in Chattanooga this weekend is holding up a mirror to Christianity.
The faith, according to speakers at the 2013 Adventist Forum, has become a tug of war between conservatives and liberals, with the result being a stagnant faith that wins over no one.