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Adventist Pastor Elected to State Advisory Body in Russia

June 11, 2017 | Moscow, Russia. In a first, a representative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been elected to the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, a State advisory body. Oleg Y. Goncharov, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor who serves as the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department director in the Euro-Asia Division church region, based in Moscow, will be a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation for the 2017-2020 period.

Adventist Students in Barbados Win Quiz Contest and More News Shorts

Seventh-day Adventist Elementary Students in Barbados Win Esso Brand Quiz Contest. Students of the Bridgetown Seventh-day Adventist Primary School won the A and R Enterprises, Ltd. Quiz 2017. Bay Primary School, St. Paul’s Primary School, St. Ambrose Primary School, and Bridgetown Seventh-day Adventist Primary School competed. Participants were quizzed in the areas of general knowledge, spelling, Bajan sayings, and sports icons and venues.

Walla Walla General Hospital to Close After Transfer to Providence Health Halted

In a media release today, Adventist Health announced that plans to transfer membership of Walla Walla General Hospital to Providence Health & Services have been halted. The statement from Adventist Health’s media relations department follows:  

Sabbath at the Unity Conference: Justice Takes Center Stage

Happy Sabbath. Gary Patterson concluded his worship series with a devotional about the joy that we are to experience in Sabbath rest. Certainly the Sabbath day in Heathrow would prove to be a joy as we gathered together for more conversation and presentations. By this time, people were beginning to know each other. The conversations at our round tables had created new friends as we discussed the questions that were circulated after each presentation.

Bruinsma on Adventists and Religious Freedom

Dr. Reinder Bruinsma, writer, retired pastor and specialist in church history, summarized his paper with a question: How does the freedom that Christ gives translate in how we live our faith and in how we relate to others who practice their faith differently from how we do?

Friday at the Unity Conference: Refreshed Understandings of Unity

How is church unity achieved? Can leaders create it? Is it a result of like-mindedness? Is it something that church members do? An agreement? Or, is unity a state of being with Christ? The presentations, questions, and conversation surrounding the word unity made for a lively day on Friday.

The Steep and Narrow Path to Unity

The Jerusalem Council has been reference point of choice for a great deal of the Adventist church’s discussion of unity and diversity. In her ground-breaking lecture, appropriate for what would usually be the Sabbath School hour, Dr. Olive Hemmings, Professor of Religion at Washington Adventist University and President of the Adventist Society of Religious Studies, gave a profound exposition of scripture.

Policy Matters—It Matters a Lot!

Lowell Cooper, former vice president of the General Conference (1998-2016) clearly recognized that his title "Issues in Church Policy"—especially at the end of a day in which six hours had already been devoted to lectures and discussions—was hardly a subject guaranteed to set the intellectual pulses running.

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