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SDA Church Asks for Exemption in Order Banning LGBT Discrimination

Dwayne Leslie, director of legislative affairs at the General Conference, was one of a list of over 100 religious leaders who signed a letter this week asking US President Barack Obama for religious freedom protection in the executive order he plans to sign prohibiting federal contractors from considering sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring decisions.

First Woman Associate Dean Appointed at Andrews Seminary

Andrews University has appointed a woman as associate dean at the seminary - the first time a woman has held this post. The Adventist Review published a story about new associate dean Teresa Reeve yesterday.

Samuel Koranteng-Pipim Re-baptized

Samuel Koranteng-Pipim was re-baptized last Friday, June 20, at the Columbus Ghanaian Seventh-day Adventist Church in Columbus, Ohio, three years after his ministry for the church was terminated.

Three Angles News - Adventist and Catholic Health Systems to Partner

1. The Catholic Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Midwest Health have signed a letter of intent to form a partnership.  Both healthcare company CEOs said that “under their nonbinding agreement, each company will maintain control of its assets, identities and different religious priorities."

Critical Blog Posts, Pushing Women's Ordination Gets Mormons Excommunicated

The Mormon church has excommunicated the founder of a prominent women's group called Ordain Women, finding her guilty of apostasy (defined as "repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings") in a disciplinary hearing last weekend.

Kate Kelly created the organization that advocates for women to join the priesthood in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

October Annual Council Next Step for TOSC Findings

After three years of intensive meetings, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) Chair Artur Stele presented the committee’s report to the General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) on June 18, where it was simply received. ADCOM took no further action regarding the three possible ways forward in the TOSC recommendations, according to attendees, but will simply forward the report to Annual Council.

Making History: A Review of Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet

A major new book on Ellen G. White was reviewed by Harvard religious history professor David Holland and Denis Fortin in the latest issue of the Spectrum journal, Volume 42, Issue 2, Spring 2014. We are posting Holland's review here. For anyone who would like to obtain a copy of the journal, including the other review by Denis Fortin and an excerpt of the book, as well as reviews of The Ellen G.

Go to Campmeeting Online

It's campmeeting season, but these days, you don't have to pitch your tent. You don't even have to get in your car. Now maybe watchng a service isn't the same as being a part of it, but you can attend many more campmeetings with the benefit of live streaming than was ever possible in the old days.

Altruistic Giving is Smart Giving

First, the good news: As you can see in the ad on this page, we have surpassed our goal in the Global Community Campaign. Thank you so much for your support. 

Three Angles News - Adventist Health System Says It Paid Some Doctors Illegally

1. Adventist Health System, which owns Florida Hospital, acknowledged in financial documents that its pay arrangements with some doctors broke federal law.

Constituents Vote for Restructuring of Publishing Houses

The Review and Herald and the Pacific Press publishing houses have approved the biggest restructuring in Adventist publishing’s 153-year history, embracing a plan that Adventist leaders hope will strengthen the church’s U.S. digital presence and ensure the long-term viability of its publishing work.

Constituency meetings of the two corporations, held consecutively on Tuesday at the denomination’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, voted 153-66 (Review and Herald) and 42-1 (Pacific Press) in favor of the restructuring.

Viewpoint: Headship of Adam or Headship of One (Adam + Eve)?

The "headship principle" has been much discussed as the Adventist Church considers the ordination of women. In a 76-page paper for TOSC titled Evaluation of the Arguments Used by Those Opposing the Ordination of Women to the Ministry, Dr.

Publishing Houses Restructuring Plan Fleshed Out

More details about the restructuring plan of the North American Adventist publishing houses have been set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between the General Conference and the North American Division, dated June 12, 2014.

An Open Letter to the GC Officers Concerning Ordination

The last 20 years of discussion and debate concerning ordination have been a time of deep spiritual reflection and maturing conviction for me.

On the Seventh Day

In November 2009, the Spectrum blog published a multi-part poem by Andrews University emeritus professor A. Josef Greig, called Day Break on the Jabbok. Today, we are publishing an addendum to that poem. 

On the seventh day, at the rising 

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Some Concluding Thoughts that Motivated this Series

Over the past many months through this series we have examined the scientific method and considered significant pieces of data that would seem to either shed light on our interpretations of Genesis, or represent points of caution.





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