1. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former Alabama Governor George Wallace who was famous for his "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow!" political stance, embraced Karen Lowery, daughter of Civil Rights icon Reverend Joseph Lowery, after they each received awards at Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, February 8.
“I talked to God … Yes I did—Actually and Literally … You too may experience that strange mystical power which comes from talking with God, and when you do, if there is poverty, unrest, unhappiness, ill-health or material lack in your life, well—the same Power is able to do for you what it did for me.” - Advertisement by Frank B. Robinson.
Is it the second coming of 1888? Is it radical Christo-centrism birthing a bold, new prophetic Adventism? Is it spiritual snack food—a feel-good Jesus—doled out like cookies for the all-too-comfortable?
Such questions invite the one activity that the One Project—a pastor-led initiative to make Jesus the center of Adventist consciousness—seems bound to stimulate. That activity is conversation among the troubled, hopeful people who bring thought to their experience in Adventism.
This presentation is not directly religious, yet the issues presented directly apply to and challenge multiple theological issues.
The Takoma Academy Alumni Affairs office has announced the passing of Seventh-day Adventist businessman and avid supporter of Adventist education. Bainum was 94 years old. According to the release, he died February 12, 2014 following complications from pneumonia.
The memo, sent to Takoma alumni via email offers this short bio:
Let us celebrate the life of a warm, wise, wonderful woman whom our community lost this last week. Donna Jean Walker-Haerich passed peacefully to her rest on February 9, after a long and gallant battle with breast cancer. For many years Donna has been a member of the Spectrum family and wrote a popular column here.
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California hosts a series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In this presentation, Dr. Gilbert Valentine, Chair of the Education Department at La Sierra University, offers a historical look at how and why the forebears of the Seventh-day Adventist Church evolved in their thinking on the Trinity. (See other videos from the lecture series here.)
Upcoming topics in the series:
Adventist Fundamental Beliefs—John Brunt
An editorial in the Napa Valley Register on February 8 takes the side of the land conservation group Save Rural Angwin, agreeing that the Napa County Board of Supervisors needs to take action sooner rather than later to protect about 100 acres of rural land owned by Pacific Union College.
Recognizing the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, the Adventist Church joins many other organizations in working toward eliminating the process of female genital mutilation. Many African cultures continue this practice, including some in Kenya.
Like a lot of denominations, the Seventh-day Adventist church is getting it wrong when it comes to its LGBT youth. We're completely wrong, and we're putting lives at risk. I've spoken up on behalf of dialogue, bridge-building and elevating the conversation between the church and its LGBT members, but sometimes reprehensible acts of spiritual violence and misinformation must be called out directly.
The full report of the East-Central Africa Division of the General Conference (ECD) Biblical Research Committee (BRC) to the Theology of Ordination Study Committee has now been released online at the GC Archives and Statistics
On Tuesday afternoon, Pacific Union College President Heather Knight sent a message to all the PUC faculty called “Academic Freedom: Continuing to Learn Together,” with an update on the debate over academic freedom at the college, reporting on her meeting to discuss the topic with faculty leaders at the Academic Senate meeting on January 28.
House-hunting can be a daunting task, even with all the tools the internet has to offer. I can set all the necessary parameters, study the photos, check the "street view," and even drive to the address, get out of the car, and (if nobody's home) go peek in the windows. But the only sure way to discover what it would be like to live in that house is to have somebody unlock the door and let me in. Churches are