Last Friday the Netherlands Union Conference publicly announced its May 30 decision to begin ordaining women. The Union leadership delayed the announcement until July because they needed "time to properly and correctly inform the Trans-European Division."
In November 2012 the Netherlands Union Conference voted to support the ordination of women, but it was left to the Executive Committee to decide when to begin ordaining women and to consider commissioned women as ordained.
The Adventist University of the Philippines is planning to open a medical school, accepting its first class of 20 students in June 2014. AUP’s medical school will be the sixth accredited medical school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Loma Linda University, the Adventist church’s first medical school, will work closely with AUP in developing its medical school, Loma Linda announced in a press release yesterday.
Revelation of Hope, Daniel Prophecy Seminars, Amazing Facts: these are typical Adventist evangelistic programs aimed at drawing crowds of people into the church. But the truth of the matter is that the jargon, the “hell-fire and brimstone,” the “we’re right and you’re wrong” approach no longer works — or does it?
A very strange story has been winging its way around cyberspace over the last four days: The Muslim Brotherhood said on its official website that Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, is considered to be a Seventh Day Adventist (sic), and therefore is of Jewish descent.
The article went on to connect Mansour’s appointment as president to a global conspiracy involving the US and Israel.
This is the fourth post in a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
In a couple of weeks, my husband, kids and I are heading north to Redwood Camp Meeting, located on Highway 101 south of Fortuna, California. Camp meeting is a mandatory event on my family’s calendar each summer. (My husband organizes the programs at one of the venues, and I write for the Redwood Gazette, the camp newspaper.)
In certain areas of the country, Adventist elementary education is being threatened in a way that jeopardizes its short and long term survival. There has been a trend over the last 40 years from making the attendance at an Adventist school an act of unquestioning commitment regardless of the sacrifices, to one now that is now seen by many as an option. While Adventist communities that support an elementary school vary greatly in size, neither small nor large communities are immune from this trend.
Up front, let me say that this isn’t something I’d ever have risked writing while on the church payroll! I suppose, though, that I could be risking certain publishing projects for church entities that are part of my current workload. Still, I’m not so old yet as to opt for playing life safe. So herewith, my Top Ten:
In the first editorial that I wrote for Spectrum in 1998, I spoke of Spectrum as a place: “A place that is as important to the growth and development of Adventism as Battle Creek, Takoma Park or Loma Linda. A place where we find community in our conversations, our dreams and ideas, our stories of God with us in past, present and future tenses. A place we are continually remodeling as we renew and reshape our relationships with God and each other.”
An Australian Adventist, Ian Castleman, was charged with having sex with two boys at his orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya, last September, and is now fighting the charge in Kenya’s High Court, according to news reports in Kenya and Australia.
The alleged offences took place between 2008 and 2012. (The age of the boys in question is unclear.) He is charged with using his position as director of the Ian Castleman Orphanage to seduce boys, and reportedly offered them some financial gain.
As I announced at the beginning of June I am handing over the blog today. This doesn't conclude my work with Spectrum—I'm just freeing up some time to get other projects done. Thankfully, Alita Byrd is taking over as interim editor. She's already familiar to many of you through her interviews of interesting Adventists for Spectrum. In fact, she's been involved with Spectrum for two decades.
Most of the people attending Ted Wilson’s evangelistic series in New York are already Seventh-day Adventists. That is according to several persons who have requested that their identities not be revealed.
The average attendance has reportedly dropped by half from the opening weekend, and of those, many of the visitor leads have turned out difficult to track down by pastors involved.
This is the third post in a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
This week, Riverside, California, Judge Matthew C. Terantoni ruled for defendant Ricardo Graham, granting him attorney-client privilege for the conversation that he had June 9, 2011, with North American Division officials and the general counsel for the General Conference Karnik Doukmetzian and La Sierra University attorney Kent Hansen. As president of the Pacific Union Conference, Graham chairs the board of La Sierra University.
In a statement, titled "An Affirmation of Marriage," Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, sent out the following on June 27, 2013.
Numerous activities among state legislators and courts have recently been occurring in the United States concerning same-sex unions. On June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled on two landmark decisions regarding same-sex unions.
1. Collegedale, Tenn., set to offer benefits to same-sex partners.
Collegedale Commissioner Katie Lamb admits it's odd that Collegedale, with its roots in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, may be first to cross this threshold. "In 40 years the city has changed a lot," Lamb said. "I think people used to assume we were just a little Seventh-day Adventist community. It's no longer that. ...Things have changed in America, and I think that it is time for us to make sure we're treating our employees equally."