It was the opening night of the General Conference Cape Town Summit (March 17-20, 2014), "In God's Image:' Scripture, Sexuality and Society," but it felt like campmeeting or a giant "workers' meeting" — nearly 400 people from around the world greeting one another with hugs and kisses. The keynote speaker was GC President Ted N. C.
The conference titled “In God’s Image: Scripture, Sexuality and Society” that Seventh-day Adventist officials are leading in Cape Town, South Africa, March 17 – 20, is not likely to accomplish much of lasting significance. Both those who favor it and those who fear it can, therefore, relax.
Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, the Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition, and the creators of the Seventh-Gay Adventists documentary launched a new website today as a response to the General Conference's ‘In God’s Image:’ Scripture, Sexuality, and Society Summit.
The Spectrum blog book club is discussing Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies (Eerdmans 2009), by Marilyn McEntyre, professor of medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. McEntyre was the keynote speaker for the meetings of the Adventist English Association in June 2013. Our book club discussion will run from March through the end of May, with a week devoted to each of the chapters.
Sakae Kubo wrote on March 8 "Important Lessons Learned So Far Regarding Women's Ordination." The article generated numerous comments, to some of which Kubo responds below. -Blog Editor
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California is hosting a three-month series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the presentation below from March 8, Warren Johns discusses Ellen White's scientific claims--their derivation, their accuracy and their evolution (no pun intended). Questions dealt with: Does Ellen White offer the church today a “textbook on science”? Can inspired writings have scientific errors without undermining their inspiration?
The Napa Valley Register reports that Pacific Union College won a legal case that allows the institution to sell its land to a new developer. This comes after legal wrangling with a previous developer after the Angwin land sale fell through. According to the Register:
[Developer] Curt Johansen, had been partnering with PUC for years until a disagreement in 2012 lead the college to break off negotiations. The unhappy developer, operating under the name Sustainable Community Partners (SCP), filed suit to hamper the sale of PUC land to another developer.
The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, in a special NewsPoints bulletin, sought to distance itself from "Preacher's Daughters," a reality show that features the daughter of an Adventist pastor in its second season. The bulletin stated,
It has come to our attention that a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and his family are included in a reality television show on the Lifetime Network.
Today has been designated International Women's Day, so it's a good time to look again at women pastors in the Adventist Church. Adventist theologian and administrator Sakae Kubo believes that we have learned some important lessons about the church's attitude to women as a result of the recent studies by the Theology of Ordination Study Committee and the various Biblical Research Committees.
UPDATED March 8 10:30am to include comments from the General Conference --Top leaders and administrators of the Adventist church will be congregating in Cape Town, South Africa, in a little over a week for the ‘In God’s Image:’ Scripture, Sexuality, and Society Summit.
The Columbia Union Conference in the Mid-Atlantic has appointed its first woman vice president. Today at the Union’s executive committee spring meetings, Celeste Ryan Blyden was promoted from assistant to the president for communication to vice president for strategic communication and public relations.
I would like to propose a different interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2, which removes the problems linked to a "6,000-year-old earth" dating of the creation as outlined in the Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Many would argue, maybe rightly, that the position taken by the church raises a number of hard-to-solve problems, which are conveniently ignored by most for fear of being labelled heretics.&nb