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Adventists In The News: Eliel Cruz Joins Religion News Service as LGBT Blogger


This is our weekly roundup of Seventh-day Adventists in the news.

Andrews University student and co-founder of the Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition, has been hired to write for the Religion News Service.  His RNS blog, “Faithfully LGBT,” will provide commentary on LGBT topics two to three times a week.  He plans to highlight the “diversity of the LGBT community in faith traditions, racial and gender identities, and experiences.” Cruz has written pieces that have been published in Spectrum. His position is part of a new RNS initiative funded by the Arcus Foundation to cover the religious experiences of LGBT people of color. Read the RNS Press Release: “Meet Eliel Cruz, RNS’s new LGBT blogger.”

Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System, a Catholic health care organization, have agreed to form a partnership with their nine total hospitals. This is not a merger but an integrated health care system.  This partnership, which has yet to be approved by regulators, should be completed in January 2015. Read more here.

The formal inauguration service for Ken Shaw, PhD, the new president for Southwestern Adventist University, will be Friday at the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church. Shaw will address his community and be presented with a new presidential medallion.  Shaw, the university’s 25th president, follows Eric Anderson, PhD, who retired in June after leading the school for nine years. Read the full story.

Members of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist church in the Cayman Islands have begun repairs on Ellamae Powery’s home.  They discovered that her house had shattered windows and a hole in the roof. The members view her as a sister who needs immediate help.  She feels loved and says, ” ‘I feel like I am in the presence of the Lord.'” Find out more about this story.


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