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.

Spectrum Editors | Comments

The Chattanoogan announced today the passing of Frank A. Knittel, an Adventist university administrator, business owner, pastor, and professor, who also served in the United States Army. Knittel, 87, was a resident of Ooltewah, Tennessee near Southern Adventist University, and was a member of the Collegedale Community Church of Seventh-day Adventists. He is survived by his wife, Helen Dean Knittel, his son, Jeff Knittel, his daughter, Sherry Knittel Drew, five grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Rachel Logan | Comments

"Old Fashioned," a film about a traditional kind of love that has positioned itself as the Anti-"Fifty Shades of Grey" Valentine's Day flick, is hoping to stage a coup as it opens this weekend in theaters across the United States. The film used a traditional-values, faith-based guerilla marketing campaign to seduce viewers looking for a romantic alternative to Hollywood's latest lust story.

Rachel Logan | Comments

Madison (Maddy) Jewel Baird, a student at Walla Walla University, passed away today after being fatally struck by a motor vehicle yesterday afternoon. She was 20 years old.

Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Baird was hit by a truck driving westbound on Whitman Avenue near the Walla Walla University campus. The truck driver told the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office that the setting sun caused a glare, affecting his visibility. He claims to have reduced his speed and did not even realize he had hit Baird until after felt his vehicle collide with her.

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