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First-ever posthumous award from the Anti-Defamation League to an Adventist

At its annual meeting in February, the Anti-Defamation League will present the Jan Karski “Courage to Care” award to a man credited for saving over 1,000 Jewish men, women, and children, Allied pilots, and political opponents of the Nazis during the Second World War.

Happy Friday From our Adventist Caricaturist Friends

Keep on wrestling, and have a good weekend!

Image courtesy www.sdacaricatures.blogspot.com

ANN Removes Article Indicating Movement Toward Women's Ordination Worldwide

The Adventist News Network (ANN) first published, then removed an article that reported increasing favorability toward women's ordination worldwide.

ANN Confirms Shift Toward Acceptance of Women's Ordination

The Adventist News Network, the official news outlet of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, confirmed Tuesday that the takeaway from the recent General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) meetings is that "At least 10 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 13 world division Biblical Research Committees say they would either recommend the ordination of women to ministry or would allow it in some world regions without the matter har

Ben Carson Joins Newt Gingrich's Anti-Obamacare PAC

Retired Seventh-day Adventist neurosurgeon, Fox News contributor, and Tea Party favorite Dr. Benjamin Carson has teamed up with Newt Gingrich's American Legacy political action committee to spearhead a new initiative called "Save Our Healthcare." In a fundraising letter to those on the American Legacy mailing list, Dr. Carson explained the anti-Obamacare project and his role as its chairman:

3 Angles News January 29, 2014

1. Taxes affecting clergy salaries have been brought into question by a court ruling.  United States District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled in Wisconsin that the clergy tax-exemption for housing violates the Constitution's separation of church and state.

So, Who Exactly Runs The Adventist Church?

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California hosts a series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" Pacific Union Conference* communications director Gerry Chudleigh kicked off the series with a presentation entitled "Who Runs the Church," in which Chudleigh explored the history of the stratification of church leadership, and where the locus of power was originally intended to be.

Upcoming topics in the series:
The Doctrine of the Trinity—Gil Valentine
Adventist Fundamental Beliefs—John Brunt

Religious Conservatives - And Their Neighbors - More Likely to Divorce, Study Finds

A new study to be published in the American Journal of Sociology tackles the "puzzling paradox" of why divorce is more common in religiously conservative "red" states, and especially, why it's not only the conservative Protestants themselves who are more likely to divorce - but also their neighbors.

Sabbath Sermon: Jack Provonsha/David Larson, "Jack Provonsha Interview"

Apologies for the poor video quality, but we hope the historical interest will override.

Tide Turning On Women's Ordination

With bitter cold, snowy conditions outside in Columbia, Maryland, discussion of ordination heated up a hotel conference room not far from the Seventh-day Adventist World Church headquarters. Representatives of the Church's thirteen divisions presented reports from their respective theology of ordination committees to the 103-member General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC).

Remembering Leona Running

Leona Glidden Running, 97, professor emerita of biblical languages at Andrews University, died on January 22, 2014, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, after nearly six decades of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and Andrews University.

Southern Locked Down Today After "Perceived Threat"

The campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennesee - including the local elementary, middle school and high schools - was locked down for two hours this afternoon after campus safety officials were alerted to a perceived threat.

TOSC Meets for Third Discussion on Women's Ordination

This week the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) is meeting in Maryland for its third working session, following meetings in January and July last year.

Three Angles News - January 22, 2013

1. Adventist Health was ranked the 12th-healthiest workplace in the United States in 2013, according to Healthiest Employers, an employee health analytics firm.

Save The Record Keeper

UPDATED January 22 --

Academic Freedom Alleged Under Attack at PUC

Pacific Union College students, faculty and alumni have expressed fears that academic freedom on the campus is being undermined by the institution's administration. Monte Butler, chair of the PUC Psychology and Social Work Department, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year. The future of other faculty members is uncertain.

Does God Speak Through Lightning?

On Sabbath afternoon, December 28, 2013, in a Malawi SDA church, lightning killed eight worshippers, and injured 40 more.  A few samples from the online forum in the Nyasa Times demonstrates how individuals attach significance to a natural tragedy, taking it as a sign of how God thinks and making Him into a culturally-constructed supernatural agent. 

PUC Loses Latest Court Round Over Land Deal

Last week, a judge ruled against Pacific Union College in the ongoing dispute over a possible sale of hundreds of acres of its Angwin property.

The Napa County Superior Court judge ruled that Sustainable Community Partners LLC could file notice that a lawsuit was pending on the property. PUC had argued that making the lawsuit public would disrupt a prospective sale to an unnamed third party.

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