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Adventist Church in Thailand in Years-Long Battle with Cult Leader

On July 5, the Bangkok Post published a report about the ongoing battle between the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Thailand and Lao Yang, a former Adventist turned cult leader who is facing charges on six counts of sexual abuse, including two against minors who filed earlier this month. 

Russia Publishing House Celebrates 25 Years Instilling Hope

The Seventh-day Adventist publishing house in Russia recently celebrated 25 years instilling hope during a special weekend of thanksgiving and missionary commitment.

Travel Agency Fraud Warning Issued by General Conference Office of General Counsel

On July 13, the GC Office of General Counsel issued a travel agency fraud warning to conferences, churches, universities, and schools after receiving multiple reports from entities that engaged Insouciance Abroad Travel Agency. This is the GC's second fraud warning regarding the company.

Outspoken: Camilo Nazar Wants to Give Queer People More Representation

Camilo Nazar, a film student at Pacific Union College, wants to give queer people of color something that he never had growing up: the gift of representation.

Adventist Teen Survives Bear Attack and More News Shorts

Adventist Teen Survives Bear Attack at Glacier View Ranch. Teen staffer Dylan, who teaches wilderness survival at the Seventh-day Adventist Rocky Mountain camp in Ward, Colorado, fought off a bear after waking up to find the animal biting his head and trying to drag him away. The teen told KMGH-TV that the bear dragged him ten to 12 feet before he was able to free himself. The 19-year-old woke up at around 4 a.m.

Respectful Debate and New Leadership in Swedish Church Elections

Pastor Robert “Bobby” Sjölander is to lead the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sweden for the next four years, replacing former President, Göran Hansen, who retired at their Union Session, July 4 – 8.

Sjölander is not new to the role. He held the same office from 2007-2013. More recently he has worked as director for Evangelism and Church development.

Latin America Narrowly Supports Women’s Ordination

A recent survey was conducted in Spanish to Latin American Seventh-day Adventist Church members (English translation used for the benefit of this publication). Of the 542 participants, 52% are in favor of women’s ordination, and 48% are not in favor. Furthermore, out of those who do not favor women’s ordination, 20% are willing to allow other territories to do so which increases the overall favoritism. This voluntary survey clearly shows a different result than the GC 2015 vote of the Latin American leaders.

Registration Now Open for the 2017 Adventist Forum Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 Adventist Forum annual conference, titled Celebrating the Word: A Biblical Feast. It will take place September 1-3 at the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Event speakers include Zane Yi, Kendra Haloviak Valentine, Alden Thompson, John McVay, John McDowell, Timothy Golden, and John Brunt.

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