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Coping with War: Stories, Dilemmas, and a Breakthrough Moment

A dividing wall was cracking tonight — or, better, crumbling.  You could hear and see it — in welcoming words; in faces warm with mutual regard; in conversation that was shedding light instead of heat.

War and Adventist Pragmatism at the German Conference

For the last 24 hours I have been listening to Seventh-day Adventist scholars telling the story of their church’s attitude to and participation in war.  Between them, they have told an amazingly moving and varied story – a story which, like all good stories, raises profound questions about Seventh-day Adventists, the God they worship and the faith and spirituality they practice.

Caring for Words: Pray

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Prophecy, War, Moral Drift and Moral Courage

“Hope is the mark of our Christian existence,” said Bernhard Oesterich.  But does authentic hope involve accurate prediction concerning end-time chronology?  Does authentic hope come down to information — a “message” about what happens next, and when and where, ingeniously derived from Scripture’s apocalyptic material?

Conviction and Moral Drift: War in the Story of Adventism

At Germany’s Friedensau Adventist University, presenters, guests and students have begun a three-day quest for constructive conversation about war and Adventist response to war.  

Review May Close in Hagerstown, Maryland, Under Restructuring Plan

Today the General Conference published the following press release - the latest news in the saga of trying to find a way to salvage the floundering publishing houses in the North American Division:

Where Everybody Knows Your Name...

For many decades a group of people faithfully renewed annual memberships in the Association of Adventist Forums to support quarterly publication of the Spectrum journal. All who received Spectrum had either paid for it themselves or someone else had gifted them a subscription. We therefore generally knew who was in our community of readers, thinkers, believers and searchers because they provided the financial means for what we do.

Miami Union Academy Teacher Wins Excellence Award

The Alumni Awards Foundation has bestowed one of its 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award to Elticia Buisson, social studies teacher at Miami Union Academy. The award was presented to the Oakwood University alumnus at a ceremony on April 26.

Three Angles News - Oakwood Wins $25,000 Grant

1. Oakwood University has won a $25,000 Campus Pride Grant in The Home Depot's 2014 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL contest. The win comes through a combination of social media activity and a voting score.

Caring for Words Book Club: Play

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SONscreen 2014: Looking Back and Ahead

UPDATED May 8 with festival organizer's comments.

Looking back at SONscreen 2014, some of the filmmakers who attended from around the US reflect on the Adventist film festival.

Christian Attitudes Toward Sex and Women’s Ordination: Cerebrocentric versus Genitocentric Theology

As any visitor to the Spectrum blog will recognize, the treatment of homosexuals and women by Seventh-day Adventists and other Christians has ignited intense debate.

ASI Free Clinic Treats Thousands

Last Friday, more than 3,000 people lined up for healthcare at a free pop-up medical clinic in Oakland, California, sponsored by the Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries. Most of the volunteer doctors, dentists and other professionals from around the state and even further afield were Adventists.

Remembering Gary Land

Gary G. Land, emeritus professor of history at Andrews University and long-time member of the Spectrum editorial board, died on Saturday, April 26, at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, after a long battle with cancer. A service is planned for this Friday, May 2. His first student, Ben McArthur, penned this tribute.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Can the Bible Establish the Age of the Earth?

The late Siegfried Horn, who at the time was dean of the Theological Seminary at Andrews University, authored the following article. In it, we encounter reasons for thinking twice about using biblical chronology as a measure for the age of the earth. Dr. Horn points out that many dates we rely upon prophetically are not universally embraced for their historicity. He further notes that many dates about which there is little controversy are frequently derived by relying upon secular source material—not from Scripture itself.

Three Angles News - Nurse Sues for Religious Discrimination

1. A Seventh-day Adventist Church State Council attorney has filed a religious-discrimination suit, claiming Dusanka Bodiroga, a prison nurse, was fired 11 days after refusing to take shifts on Sabbaths at the California State Prison.

Caring for Words: Attend to Translation

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

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Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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