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The Sundance Film Festival: Faith in Film

Since my first post from last week’s Sundance Film Festival I have found something besides almonds to eat. But man shall not live by bread alone so let me share some of the spiritual fare that I found in the cinemas around Park City.

The Sundance Film Festival: Feast and Sacrifice

Greetings from the Sundance Film Festival. I’m here with some friends—Spectrum found out and asked me to send over some dispatches. Given that it’s my inaugural time at this cold august assembly, I looked up the Latin origins of “festival” to make sure I knew what I was getting into. Festival comes from the word “festum” or “festa” meaning feast.

Stay or Split?: A Review of The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us (2017), a $35-million film releasing this weekend, pits humans against nature—both externally and internally—to probe the meaning of faithfulness. The acting and cinematography push this simple story beyond woman-going-to-her-wedding meets mysteriously-married-man.

Young Adventists Speak (& Sing): Peace Pairings

In this final part of this series, Geoffrey Nelson-Blake​ and Sterling Spence​ perform three reflections on contemporary culture and politics. The three readings—"American Holy Days," "Housing Rest," "Boycott Church"—are intercut with three songs—"Coal Heart Bound," "All the Winners," "And It Goes."

Young Adventists Speak: Pacific Union College Students Discuss the U.S. Election

Continuing our Young Adventists Speak series Pacific Union College students discuss the US election, who they are voting for, and what issues matter to them. Directed and edited by Ben Josse. Thanks to faculty members Rajeev Sigamoney and Tim de la Torre.

Young Adventists Speak: Walla Walla University Students on the U.S. Election

Continuing our Young Adventists Speak series, here's the first (of two) student-created reports from a college campus. Thanks to the work of Spencer Sherwin and Gabrielle Piry with assistant professor of communications Jerry Hartman, here are nine Walla Walla University students sharing their brief views on the U.S. presidential election, their voting choices, and what issues matter to them. 

Young Adventists Speak: Ronald Osborn on Desmond Doss

Over this weekend, we will be releasing a series of short, experimental videos of young Adventists discussing issues, ranting, and even singing about contemporary culture and politics. In connection with today's opening of the Desmond Doss biopic film Hacksaw Ridge, we begin with Ronald Osborn briefly explaining the shifting history of Adventists and war. 

Statements by Church Entities on the "Unity in Mission" Vote

Several entities of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have issued statements on the Annual Council vote on the "Unity in Mission" document. What follows are excerpts with links (if possible) to the full statements. This page will be updated if additional statements are released. 

The North American Division states:

Three Takeaways from the Annual Council "Unity" Vote

After two hours of two-minute speeches, the General Conference Executive Committee meeting for its Annual Council in Silver Spring, Maryland, approved the brief “Unity in Mission: Procedures in Church Reconciliation” document. Those who joined General Conference president Ted Wilson in support of the document tended to be delegates from south of the equator who mostly remained silent during the debate.

The Adventist Podcast: Greg Boyd

Welcome to a summer edition of The Adventist Podcast. In this 20 minute interview with our 2016 Adventist Forum conference keynote speaker, Greg Boyd discusses the Christus Victor theory of atonement, violence, as well as open theism, systematic racism, metal music, and Donald Trump.

Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has been featured on the front page ofThe New York Times, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and numerous other television and radio venues.

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