Samuel Clear does not take Jesus’ John 17 prayer lightly. Troubled by the distrust and arrogance exhibited by so many Christian denominations towards one another, this 30 year old Catholic Aussie recently covered 15,500 km on foot in 564 days, praying for worldwide Christian unity. Spectrum asked Sam about his physical journey and his ecumenical vision.
Question: You could have written letters, given public speeches, or prayed privately for Christian unity. What inspired you to get up and walk around the world?
Treye McKinney and Janelle McIntyre* are two extraordinary young people committed to non-violence through active engagement with the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank. Together they served at the Palestinian Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem from February 2008 through March 2009. Treye has also volunteered with Christian Peacemaker Teams and has participated in various protests against the unjust treatment of Palestinians and the Israeli violence in Gaza.
As a British colony, Zimbabwe was part of what used to be called Rhodesia. President Robert Mugabe won the first general election of independent Zimbabwe in 1980, promising good things for the country’s future. At that time Zimbabwe, with its well-tended farms and orchards, was considered to be the bread basket of Africa. But in 2000 President Mugabe began seizing farms from white land owners and redistributing them mostly to black government officials who did not cultivate the land.
Delbert Baker, president of Oakwood University, is also a marathoner. He recently ran the Antarctic Ice Marathon just a few hundred miles from the South Pole, finishing the grueling race in six hours and 53 minutes. The race raised thousands for Oakwood University scholarships. Spectrum asked him about his running and other goals.
Question: In December you ran the Antarctic Marathon at the South Pole. What was it like running on snow and ice in below-freezing temperatures?
Spectrum talks to author and pastor Dan Appel about writing and his recent mystery book, The Choice, published by Autumn House Publishing, an imprint of the Review & Herald Publishing Association. You can also view our Spectrum book review of The Choice.
Question: A pastor publishing a mystery novel seems a bit unusual. What sparked the writing of this novel?
Prince Bahati is the founder and program director of an Adventist radio station in Rwanda, which works to bring a message of hope and reconciliation to Rwandans - countering the messages of hate that were broadcast in the past.
Spectrum asked Prince Bahati about the radio station - its reach, its content and its goals.
Mark Brooks was one of the people behind the Hurricane Katrina clean-up – but his work went beyond clearing rubble and handing out food and water.
As an attorney for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brooks works on the legal side of disaster relief – an important aspect of making things happen.
Brooks works on the ground, and in the field, but it can be his sign-off on a document that will ultimately bring life-saving water, food, clothing and shelter to hundreds or thousands of people.
Spectrum asks Lowell Cooper about the collapse of the recent talks with Atlantic Union College, his duties as General Conference vice president and what he does to relax.
Question: As Loma Linda University’s board chairman, you managed the meetings in which Loma Linda University and Atlantic Union College agreed to a merger. What significance does AUC bring to LLU? What does LLU get out of the deal?
Avis E. Buchanan is the director of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she works on behalf of people who need a lawyer and cannot afford to pay for one.
Washington DC’s Public Defender Service is regarded as one of the best public defender offices in the country — local or federal. Other public defender systems often measure themselves against the benchmark of the DC office.
PDS has a staff of 220, roughly half of whom are lawyers, and about half of those work in the trial division.
Director Avis Buchanan is also a Seventh-day Adventist.
La Sierra English professor Robert Dunn interviews his former student, Don Davenport, who wrote the screenplay for Hallmark Channel feature "Expecting a Miracle."
Question: Don, you were my student a number of years ago at what is now La Sierra University. Your success gladdens my heart. So far as I am aware, you were the first to write a novel in lieu of a thesis for a Master’s degree in English.