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Outspoken: Debbie and Kris Widmer Open Up About Trans Daughter

As longtime Seventh-day Adventist pastor Kris Widmer points out in the newest installment of the “Outspoken” video series, there is no pamphlet put out by the church for parents of transgender children.

Netherlands Union Conference Postpones Ordination of Female Pastors

In a surprise effort to appease the General Conference and its Unity Commission, the Netherlands Union Conference (NUC) Executive Committee has “decided to postpone the ordination of female pastors until after October 2017 to contribute to the process of dialogue and reconciliation” within the Adventist Church.

The statement came as part of a 25-page question-and-answer document for NUC delegates, written in preparation for the upcoming Constituency Session held on May 4-6. The document was uploaded on April 21 to a secure part of the union’s website accessible only by delegates.

Young Adventist Honored for Fighting Gender-based Violence

For the second consecutive year, a Seventh-day Adventist young person was announced as a winner for the South Pacific region of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work.

Jacqueline Joseph, the CEO and co-founder of a youth-led organization in Papua New Guinea (PNG) that uses sport as a tool to end gender-based violence, was presented with the award at a ceremony in London in March.

GC Litigation Efforts: Two Current Examples

The General Conference Office of General Counsel (OGC), which provides legal counsel to both the General Conference and the North American Division, finds itself involved in a myriad of subjects, some of which quietly protect core interests of the church, while others try to foresee and forestall potential conflicts. Two current cases illustrate these two approaches. One will receive less notice than it deserves while the other will inevitably produce more heat than light.

European Adventist Scholars Discuss the Freedom of the Christian

In the 500th-anniversary year of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation, European Adventist theology teachers met in the heart of Reformation country to consider some of the contemporary implications of Luther’s ideas for their belief and professional practice. Seventy teachers of theology from fifteen countries— mostly in the two European Divisions (TED and Inter-European)—met at Friedensau Adventist University April 19-22, 2017.

Calexico Mission School Thrives on California-Mexico Border and More News Shorts

Calexico Mission School Thrives on California-Mexico Border. Calexico Mission School, part of the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventist school system, thrives on the California-Mexico border. The school was built 80 years ago by Adventists who saw the border as a mission field for doing God’s work. Its logo includes both the U.S. and Mexican flags. Of the school’s roughly 300 students, about 85% are Mexican citizens.

After Thorough Process, Updated Pastoral Ethics Document Voted

The International Board of Ministerial and Theological Education (IBMTE) voted on April 4 to accept adjustments made to a Ministerial Association document on Pastoral Ethics in its session at the Seventh-day Adventist Church headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. The voted action capped a thorough vetting process that involved extensive discussions and consultations across several church departments and regions for a couple of years.

Adventist Hero in Rwanda’s Genocide Shares Faith at UN

Carl Wilkens sees speaking engagements as an opportunity to share Christ through storytelling.

The Seventh-day Adventist who saved the lives of hundreds of orphans during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide joined the United Nations secretary-general and other figures in addressing a special memorial ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York.

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