Jared Wright | Comments

On February 17, 2015, Akim Zhigankov, a young missionary to the Philippines and the son of professors Oleg Zhigankov and Elena Zhigankova of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, died in De La Salle University Medical Center in Cavite, Philippines. In a lengthy letter to supporters shared publicly on Facebook, Akim's father wrote that his son had been the victim of poisoning, and used the word "murder" to describe his son's death.

Charles E. Weniger Society | Comments

At its annual meeting in February the Charles E. Weniger Society honored the service to the Seventh-day Adventist denomination by Bert B. Beach, Bert B. Haloviak, and William G. Johnsson.

Spectrum | Comments

BuzzFeed News Reporter Joel Anderson has considered the impact Dr. Ben Carson's presidential run might have on his legacy. The world renowned neurosurgeon has taken steps toward a run at the White House, and Anderson wonders whether the latest episode in Carson's exceptional biography will ruin the unblemished view of Carson as "folk hero" (a title assigned by the New York Times in 1993) earned in one of the most difficult and prestigious occupations in America.

Jared Wright | Comments

Seventh-day Adventist philanthropist and hotel magnate Stewart Bainum died on February 12, 2014 of complications from pneumonia. Bainum was 94. He made a fortune as the founder of Choice Hotels International, the world's second-largest hotel chain, and during his lifetime, he used his wealth to support education and students who needed financial help to make education feasible. But Bainum did not come from money.

Jared Wright | Comments

The Allegheny East Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists will hold a town hall-style meeting this weekend on regional conferences featuring North American Division president Daniel Jackson, Pioneer Memorial Church senior pastor Dwight Nelson, and presidents of regional conferences. The event, entitled "Are We Still Relevant?" will be broadcast live on the Allegheny East Conference website. Pastor Frank E. Legette, III will serve as moderator, and Allegheny East Conference president Henry J. Fordham III and former president Charles L. Cheatham will serve as commentators.

Jared Wright | Comments

A report from the Southern Africa Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SAU) obtained by Spectrum dispels the dominant narrative concerning African Adventists on the topic of women’s ordination. The previously un-circulated document was created on July 17, 2014, and refutes assertions made by the South Africa Indian Ocean Division (SID), its parent organization.

Pam Dietrich | Comments

Weet-Bix Maker Enjoys Continuing Tax Exemption. The Adventist-owned New Zealand company Sanitarium, maker of Weet-Bix and Marmite, remains exempt from taxes on its business earnings despite a recent government reevaluation of charities.  *Sanitarium maintains its operations meet the charitable expectations required by the Charities Act and pays all other required taxes. From The New Zealand Herald, "Sanitarium safe from charity crackdown."

Jared Wright | Comments

Akim Zhigankov, a young massage therapist, kite surfer, and missionary to the Philippines died on Tuesday, February 17, of poisoning, according to his parents. He was 23 years old.

As news of his death spread, messages of grief, disbelief and support for Akim's family members flooded social media.







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