• David Hamstra | Comments
    How should American Seventh-day Adventists respond to the controversy over Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) and gay marriage? Some would say it should be easily resolved in favor of our fundamental commitment to religious liberty. But Adventists also hold a historic ideal of equal protection under the law, stemming from our abolitionist heritage, which requires us to consider the civil rights of gay people as they relate to non-discrimination.
  • Aubyn Fulton | Comments
    The crux of the argument made by most RFRA advocates, including Mr. Hamstra, is that recent developments in the law and the popular culture have eroded the first amendment protections to the free exercise of religion, thus these need to be reinforced. Once legally reinforced, state courts will be entrusted to find the proper balance whenever the newly enhanced religious right bumps up against an equal protection right asserted by an individual.
Bonnie Dwyer | Comments

While the primary purpose for the Executive Committee of the General Conference’s Spring Meeting is to conduct official business such as assessing the income and budget of the church, this year it also was a time for stories of service and success, to pray for the work in each division of the world. Only 78 of the 211 members of the committee had registered at the start of the meeting Tuesday, April 14, but a quorum is 40 so the proceedings went forward.

Jared Wright | Comments

A spokesperson for the South England Conference told Spectrum that a "Holy Sexuality" conference planned for April 21-25, and to be held at the Advent Centre, an often-used meeting facility in London, was canceled not because of public outcry, but because of a decision made by leaders of the South England Conference in concert with the British Union Conference.

Pam Dietrich | Comments

Kenyan Adventist Pastor Says Quit Using Condoms. Kenyan Seventh-day Adventist pastor Isaack Edward Rotich  told the digital newspaper The Nairobian that couples, especially Christians, should not use condoms so as to improve their sexual experiences and reduce promiscuity.  He suggested that condom use causes physical harm to men and less satisfaction for women.

Jared Wright | Comments

Trevan Osborn, pastor for Young Adult Ministry at the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Terrace, California, was ordained Saturday, April 11 by his mother, Norma Osborn. It was the first time in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination that a mother ordained her son.

Jared Wright | Comments

In Volume 99, Issue 20 of Student Movement, the Andrews University student newspaper, university president Niels-Erik Andreasen announced the creation of a taskforce to address the issue of LGBT youth homelessness. Homelessness among young LGBT populations became the focus of intense discussion on the Andrews University campus when administration halted a fundraiser from the university's unofficial gay-straight alliance, AULL4One.

Rachel Logan | Comments

For Utah resident Carol Jordana, the Seventh-day Adventist Church wasn't always a place she felt she could invite friends to attend.

Pam Dietrich | Comments

Ted Wilson Meets With Ban Ki-moon. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with General Conference President Ted N. C. Wilson, associate director of the Adventist world church’s public affairs and religious liberty department, Ganoune Diop, and director of the public affairs and religious liberty department, John Graz for 45 minutes at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  Ban Ki-moon "expressed concerns about growing religious intolerance worldwide, . . .

Jared Wright | Comments

At an outdoor ceremony in Apopka, Florida, community members, elected officials and Florida Hospital staff and leadership broke ground and dedicated the future site of Florida Hospital Apopka, one of twenty-two campuses that make up Florida Hospital, part of Adventist Health Systems.







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