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On April 27, 2013, Cherise Gardner was ordained to Adventist ministry at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventists Church.
Cherise Gardner, a native of the Bahamas, has been serving in some aspect of ministry since the age of five, when she decided to become a minister, like her grandfather.
Cherise earned an B.A. in Religion and a B.S. in Business Administration from Northern Caribbean University, before serving as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. Before coming to Glendale, Calif., where she serves as Pastor for Children and Family Ministry, Cherise earned a M.A.* in Religion with an emphasis in Christian Social Ethics, from La Sierra University, Riverside, Calif.
She is the wife and best friend of Hugh Gardner.
The following photographs were taken by Gerry Chudleigh, publisher of the Pacific Union Recorder.
*The article misidentified her third degree as a B.A.. It has been corrected.
1. A young Michigan women is suing Peterson-Warren Academy and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists over alleged sexual abuse by an assistant principal.
2. Governor General of Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen hailed Pastor Kenneth Vaz as a learned and humble servant of God during a service of thanksgiving for the life of the late former president of West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University).
3. The Dakotas Conference has moved its headquarters to Bismarck, North Dakota, from Pierre, S.D.
During a 2006 discussion in Beverly Hills, Calif., Benjamin Carson, Francis Collins, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett debated issues of "Science and Faith." It is moderated by former ABC journalist Kathleen Matthews.
A haystack by any other name: nachos, an organized taco salad, Frito pie, or perhaps a petro. If you’ve shared enough meals with Adventists, you’ve probably watched the construction of the ubiquitous haystack, or heard it mentioned, much like the phrase “Happy Sabbath.”*
This week’s Spectrum Café features thoughts on haystacks from a fresh perspective: non-Adventist college students. “What the Haystack?!”, directed by Pacific Union College film and television major Halstyn Hart, explores the perspectives that six students (Catholic, Buddhist, Pentecostal, “not really religious” and non-denominational) have about Adventism, through their experiences at PUC. The film premiered at the recent SONscreen film festival in Simi Valley (click here for photos from the festival; scroll down to see what was served for Sabbath lunch). See below for an excerpt from the film.
Hart says that growing up as an Adventist inspired her curiosity about a non-Adventist perspective on life at a denominational college campus. Through the film, she found that the students featured were “confused about the Adventist practices and the culture that we have formed,” she says. “Haystacks are the tangible [representation] of Adventist culture; people have eaten similar things, but the term is new.” But, in a past article, the Adventist Review thinks they might have found the origin of Adventist haystacks.
“The haystack is a good doorway to sharing with friends. It’s something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re vegetarian or not,” Hart says. For comparison, Hart also serves the students an exotic buffet of meat analogues, including veggie burgers, veggie links, and Stripples. The “fake meat” was much less popular than haystacks, but as one student bravely states, “When I was younger, I ate the chocolate-covered cricket thing. It’s OK; I’ll explore.”
Hart is looking for a way to share the film beyond its current YouTube audience. And, she muses, “I still don’t know why we call them haystacks.”
Note: This video is an excerpt from "What the Haystack?!"
What do you think of as the quintessential haystack? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
“Just a stack of food,” as one Adventist woman writes on her website. This West Coast-style, vegan-friendly dish is my version of the perfect haystack. I usually volunteer to bring the salsa.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: n/a
1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
1 15-oz can black beans
Sharp Cheddar cheese (or Cheddar-style almond “cheese”), grated
Romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
Medium-spicy fresh salsa
Sour cream (perhaps)
1. Place the tortilla chips on a plate and lightly crush them.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed (very important).
3. Wish your neighbors “Happy Sabbath."
*Spectrum couldn’t feature a food column without mentioning haystacks, sooner or later.
1. Texas Adventist Community Services Disaster Response deployed following the West, Tex. Fertilizer Plant Explosion.
2. Adventist Risk Management Selects Insurity's Insurance Decisions Suite.
3. During a meeting on reforming Trinidad's constitution, a gay activist discussed the discrimination he faces. A newspaper reported the following response by a representative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
A representative of the public affairs department of the Seventh Day Adventist Church said everybody has the right to choose a lifestyle including her “homosexual brother”, referring to Robinson. She added they should not be discriminated against and should have a right to justice.
She noted, however, that this country should not “swing to the next direction” like the Courts in Canada and Australia where people who refuse to marry same sex couples, refuse to build houses for same sex couples or those who wear the symbol of the cross to work are penalised.
She stressed that religious people have rights and homosexual people have rights and when these come into conflict no one party should be disadvantaged for being a “conscientious objector”.
She called for supremacy of God to be retained in the Constitution.
This video documents Adventist leaders and thousands of youth from the Northeast of America participating in the Compassion March Against Violence in New York City on March 22. Read Spectrum's report here.
This is an all hospital edition. Reading news about Adventists regularly, it is clear that while many talk about outreach in church, it is really the medical institutions that define "Adventist" for many communities.
1. Shady Grove Adventist Announces New President—John Sackett most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, Co.
2. Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is the lead sponsor for a community breakfast highlighting the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer on May 2. David Sitler, pastor at the Glen Ellyn Seventh-day Adventist Church, will give the event’s keynote address. The theme of the 2013 National Day of Prayer is “Pray For America.”
3. Adventist Health hosts lab open house for staff, physicians, and the community. The lab was funded by a $75,000 grant in 2011 as part of the Adventist Health Corporate Innovation campaign and will provide staff an opportunity to practice mock codes, insert IVs, perform infusion procedures or check vital signs on three realistic adult mannequins.
Bonus: Skulls found near Loma Linda University were for medical research.