Vicki Saunders and Cynthia Westerbeck share leadership of the long-running “Choir Room Sabbath School” at Pacific Union College. Saunders is assistant professor in the Nursing and Health Science Department and coordinator of the Health Science program, and also works as a registered dietician. Westerbeck leads the English department there, and takes as her scholarly focus British literature, especially Shakespeare and literature of the Enlightenment. She was PUC’s Educator of the Year in 2007.
A new web series sponsored by the General Conference, called The Record Keeper, is about to be screened for the very first time. Spectrum interviewed two of the people behind the series. Garrett Caldwell, who holds a doctorate of ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, is public relations director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Jason Satterlund, who directed The Record Keeper, is a graduate of Walla Walla University, an independent movie producer and owner of Big Puddle Films.
Raj Attiken has been president of the Ohio Conference since 1998. He leads a network of 100 Adventist congregations, 20 schools and more than 11,000 members. On its website the conference describes itself as “unapologetically Christocentric,” and affirms commitment to a gospel both “liberating” and, in its call for “radical” discipleship, “demanding.” The conference’s values, reflecting what it believes to be God’s own values, are “compassion, justice, freedom, and peace.”
On Sabbath afternoon at the Adventist Forum Conference, Samir Selmanović will speak on “Seventh-day Adventist Identity in a Multifaith World.” Here he answers three questions about the Christian divide, moral absolutes, and interfaith dialogue.
Question: In what specific ways is the liberal/conservative divide damaging Christian identity?
Briana Bunn belongs to the Church of the Advent Hope, located just east of Central Park in New York City. Her congregation describes itself as a “diverse community” whose members “share a love for Jesus and a commitment to demonstrating and spreading the good news of His transforming love to our neighborhoods, the city of New York, and the world.”
Briana became a baptized member in 2009, more than a decade after other members of her family (who were praying for her) had become Adventist.
Mike Cauley is president of the Florida Conference. He leads a community of more than 61,500 Adventists who belong to 199 churches and 51 companies. The conference’s mission is to “make mature disciples within biblical communities, preparing people to meet Jesus.” One of its official values is “incarnational passion.”
Alden Thompson, the well-known Adventist author and Walla Walla University faculty member, shares teaching responsibilities for the Chan Shun Sabbath School class on the university’s campus. Thompson, from the School of Theology, teaches with Joe Galusha, a biologist, Loren Dickinson, a retired communications professor, and Gayle Norton, religion teacher at Walla Walla Valley Academy, along with two new members of the team, mentioned below. The class meets for 75 minutes each Sabbath, year round.
Jonathan Duffy, ADRA’s new president, talks to Spectrum about his vision and priorities for the agency, and the changes he hopes to make.* Duffy says he plans to strengthen ADRA’s relationship with the church and work to bring back the confidence of the staff after the turmoil and mass dismissals of the last few years.