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Watch Spectrum Executive Editor Alexander Carpenter Discuss Church Polarization

Our executive editor, Alexander Carpenter, recently joined the hosts of the podcast Seeking What They Sought for an episode of their series on polarization within Adventism. “Polarized is a series that explores the divide,” the hosts say of the series. “Our goal is to see if we can find common ground despite our differences, both on the ‘right’ and ‘left.’”

Watch Alexander discuss the history of Spectrum, his background with the organization, and how Spectrum‘s work both supports creating community through conversation and challenging the status quo.

Alex Aamodt |

Two Adventist Theology Graduate Schools in Top 20% 

Two Seventh-day Adventist graduate theological schools rank highly in terms of enrollment, according to 2023-2024 data published by the Association of Theological Schools. This information is collected “from all members of ATS for use in accrediting and to provide the data resources supporting applied research undertaken by ATS.”

This last school year, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University reported 624 full-time equivalent (FTE) students. While this is a dip from pre-COVID-19 levels—745 FTE in 2018—the seminary currently ranks as the fourteenth-largest in North America, with more students than 95% of the 259 schools accredited by the ATS.

Similarly, the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary (SETAI), owned by the Inter-American Division, shows that it currently has 590 FTE students, up from 301 in 2020. This makes it the sixteenth-highest enrolled theological seminary accredited by the North America-based ATS. Headquartered at Antillean University in Puerto Rico, SETAI mainly serves pastoral and administrative denominational workers in the Caribbean and Central America.

On the low end of the enrollment data in the ATS report, 10 and 12 FTE students attend the La Sierra University HMS Richards Divinity School and the School of Theology at Oakwood University, respectively. 

This year, the tuition and fees for the MDiv program at Andrews University were $12,115 and $14,832 at La Sierra University. No student costs are listed for the other two Adventist schools. However, previous ATS reports show MDiv tuition and fees of $10,491 at Oakwood in 2018 and $8,400 at the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary in 2015. 

Nate Miller |

Christon Arthur Named La Sierra University President

Today, the La Sierra University Board of Trustees selected Christon Arthur as the Southern California-based institution’s next president.

Christon Arthur has been provost of Andrews University since 2016. An educator for more than three decades, he has taught at all levels of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. He has a BA in theology from University of the Southern Caribbean and graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Administration from Andrews University. Arthur has completed postgraduate studies at Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. He is married to Carmelita and they have one adult son, Christon Arthur Jr.

Alexander Carpenter |
Volume 52, Issue 1

“Spinning at Spectrum,” a playlist of the latest music in and around our community. Curated by Maxwell Aka.

Recent Articles

Masks and Our Authentic Selves

Masks and Our Authentic Selves

People present the very best of themselves in church and around other Christians, lest they be seen for who they are—imperfect human beings. Rather than being characterized by authenticity and recognizing a need for grace, people often come disguised in cloaks of righteous works.

Ellen White Conference at Newbold

Purpose Questions Remain After Ellen White Conference at Newbold

I knew that as a multi-cultural space, planted on the edge of secular Europe, it could be a great location to discover relevance for Ellen White (who had lived in Europe for two years). I wondered if a subtext for the event could be “What is the relevance of the Seventh-day Adventist message in Europe” in the context of two nearby wars and human migration.

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JustLove Collective Releases Statement Calling for Love and Justice

In the ministry of Jesus, the voices of the Hebrew prophets, and the examples of our Adventist pioneers—who stood up for the poor and oppressed and fought non-violently against social evils such as racism and slavery—we recognize that the work of justice is “the kind of ministry that will bring life into the churches,” as well as changing the world for those who most urgently need it to be changed.

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May 18, 2024

[EVENT] Faith and Reason Sabbath School May 18: Pentecost and Tongues

The Faith and Reason Sabbath School meets Sabbath, May 18, at 10:00 AM. During this Pentecost season Rolf Pohler compares Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 14 to show that in these books, speaking in tongues does not focus on evangelizing in foreign languages but on prayer and worship.

July 1, 2024

[EVENT] Society of Adventist Philosophers Call for Papers – Proposals Due July 1

The Society of Adventist Philosophers invites you to submit a paper proposal for this year’s conference on the theme “Called to be Free: Philosophical Reflections on the Contours of Freedom” taking place on November 21st, 2024, in San Diego, CA. Students and teachers from all fields are welcome to submit a proposal until July 1st. Accepted papers will be notified by September 1st.