Jared Wright | Comments

The ampersand is a syntactic oddity. It looks like the loopy love child of a plus sign and a treble clef, and it befuddles scores of young students learning to write grammatical symbols. Then there's the name: "ampersand," the offspring of "and" and "per se." 

Despite all its quirks, the ampersand has become a powerful icon, both figuratively and literally, for a group of Seventh-day Adventists who support ordination for men and women. This is the story.

David Trim | Comments

Herbert Edgar Douglass, Jr., a Seventh-day Adventist scholar, administrator and writer died this morning at the age of 87. Douglass helped to write the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary series and authored "Messenger of the Lord," a biography of Ellen G. White.

Jared Wright | Comments

TAKOMA PARK - The Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists ordained Pranitha Fielder on Saturday, December 13 at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, making her the first ordained Indian-American woman in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. She was born in India to Jaya and Jasmine Pilli. The family moved to Maryland when Pranitha was a child.

Jared Wright | Comments

United States Senate Chaplain Barry Black led a group of Congressional staffers and at least two lawmakers in a walk-out demonstration, on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on December 11. The group of over 100 demonstrators, consisting primarily of black leaders, assembled in front of the Capitol in peaceful protest of the non-indictments of officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Jared Wright | Comments

Just in time for the Holiday Season, the Adventist Peace Fellowship is releasing a 2015 Calendar that highlights peacemakers connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I spoke with APF co-founder and executive director Ronald Osborn about the calendar and what the Fellowship hopes to accomplish with its release.

Pam Dietrich | Comments

In our weekly roundup of Adventist news stories:

Korea Will Pay Adventist School to Teach Korean. Whispering Pines Seventh-day Adventist School in Long Island is adopting Korean as an Elective Foreign Language Subject Project, offered by the South Korean government. 

North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists | Comments

In a special edition of the North American Division Newspoints, the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, Daniel R. Jackson, issued the following statement on December 8, 2014 in response to the growing number of demonstrations following the grand jury decisions rendered in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in N.Y.:

Jared Wright | Comments

On December 3, when a grand jury did not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for causing the death of an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, people in cities across the United States, and later, around the world, took to the streets to protest. Pantaleo's non-indictment dominated social media, following close on the heels of the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri. Twitter hashtags #BlackLivesMatter, #HandsUpDontShoot, and #ICantBreathe (Eric Garner's final words) are trending nationwide.

Daniel Honoré | Comments

Daniel Honoré, the president of the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, released the following public statement on the death of black New York resident Eric Garner, killed by a police officer.

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