Leaders of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists today issued the following statement in response to the baptism at the Chico Seventh-day Adventist Church of a woman in a same-sex marriage. The baptism received attention as the result of an article in a far-right website. The Church in North America issued its response in a special edition of the NAD NewsPoints bulletin via email and the NAD website. The statement follows in its entirety.
Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer today released the first installment of a new ten-part series of short documentaries called “Outspoken” that features stories of LGBT+ Adventists. This is the third major project for the husband-and-wife team dealing with the intersection of sexuality, gender and the Adventist faith.
When the union conference presidents were summoned to a meeting at the General Conference on January 19 to discuss the governance issue surrounding women’s ordination, they spoke in a united voice of their support of women’s ordination while acknowledging “a significant minority of members who oppose ordaining women.”
Zimbabwe: Adventist School Security Guard Killed by Robbers. Buton Skalongo, a night guard, died after being attacked by four gang members during a robbery at the Pelandaba Seventh-day Adventist Primary School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His colleague Vusa Tshuma survived the attack. The men broke into the adjacent school and church near midnight, brutalized the two guards, tied them with ropes, and left them in a passage. The armed robbers escaped unnoticed after stealing $200 and two laptops from the school guard room and the church safe.
Leaders of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists held a closed-door meeting yesterday with union presidents from the North American Division. The meeting was the first step in a five-part action plan created by the General Conference for dealing with what it views as instances of policy non-compliance.