Today, November 11, the United States marks Veteran's Day to honor those who have served in the American Armed forces. Seventh-day Adventists have historically had a tenuous relationship with military service. Famously, Adventist conscientious objectors like Desmond Doss put Adventists on the map for their non-combatancy. Today, Adventists tend to be far less strident about non-combatancy. At Spectrum, we mark this American holiday by remembering an Adventist non-combatant who served as a test subject for the U.S. Army. -Ed
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This past weekend my church, the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church, hosted the current pariah of Adventist circles, none other than Pacific Union College’s Jonathan Henderson. In case you have been under a rock for the last few weeks, Jonathan presented a sermon for PUC’s Fall Revival entitled "Adam and Steve."
Middle East University began a U.S. marketing trip with a November 5-7 stop at Walla Walla University to recruit students to study Arabic in Lebanon through the Adventist Colleges Abroad program.
Founded at La Sierra University 51 years ago, the ACA program started with 22 adventurous La Sierra students and three Pacific Union College students. They traveled across the ocean by boat to study French at Collonges-sous-Salève, a mountainside village overlooking Geneva, Switzerland.
In 2005 I was a third grader at Skagit Adventist School, now Academy, in Burlington, Washington. My class was the largest class in the school, 19 kids, something we were all very proud of. Mrs. Gaver, described by some of my former classmates as “out there,” taught third grade that year. She was brilliant. She made third grade a year of learning through fun.
At the 2014 NAD Year-End Meetings, President Dan Jackson made a special announcement banning the use of humor or satire in the discussion of female ordination. Jackson reminded everyone that given tense times in the run-up to next year's GC Session vote on female ordination, "no one should so much as smile" while discussing the divisive issue.
Hyundai Motor Company, a multinational South Korean car manufacturer, has donated $250,000 to fund Loma Linda University's leukemia research. Hyundai awarded the grant to Dr. Kimberley Payne, an associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and director of translational research at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Payne lost her younger brother to leukemia, according to a report in the Redlands Daily Facts. She told the Facts that her work on behalf of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia matters to her not just professionally, but personally:
In August, we reported that two Seventh-day Adventist universities in North America, Walla Walla University and Washington Adventist University, lost accreditation for their nursing programs.
Following an afternoon of spirited debate the Executive Committee of the North American Division (NAD) Year-end Meeting approved two motions regarding the potential relocation of the NAD headquarters: 1) to accept the recommendation by the President’s NAD Council and NAD and Union Officers (NADOUP) that the NAD headquarters be moved to someplace within the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area; and 2) that the NAD should proceed with the relocation process.
Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer, the husband-wife team behind the "Seventh-Gay Adventists" film, have started raising funds for a new companion film that they say will offer answers to the question "What is next?" for Seventh-day Adventists who have started important conversations about homosexuality.
Two Seventh-day Adventist universities, one from South America and one from North America, received favorable media coverage for their advancement of healthy lifestyles and values. On October 16 at River Plate Adventist University (Universidad Adventista del Plata or UAP in Spanish) in Argentina, officials signed a document attesting the school’s official certification as the first “Healthy University” in the country. The institution has promoted the Adventist health message for 116 years.
My strongest and earliest memory of Halloween is of my father. Imagine a dark, chilly, autumn evening in South London. Dad awaits a horde of English children knock-knock-knocking for chocolate and treats. He’s grumbling about how rude it is to beg and not say thank you, how these children interrupt his time with the evening radio news, and how dare they vandalize his car as a trick.
Count Lisa Arosarena among those initially opposed to Tara VinCross's arrival as senior pastor of the Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. "I didn't like the idea, and I didn't want to be here if that was gonna be what was going on," Arosarena said.
June Davis agreed. "When the conference president recommended that we have a woman minister, I think we were all quite stunned."
Before his retirement from denominational employment in 2011, James Coffin served for nearly 36 years as a youth pastor, senior pastor and editor for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He currently is executive director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. His executive committee has representation from an array of faith traditions: Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian (both Catholic and Protestant), Hindu, Jewish, Muslim (both Sunni and Shia), Sikh and Unitarian.