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THIS WEEKEND: Loma Linda University Church Hosts “Women’s Ordination: The Road to San Antonio”


This weekend, the Loma Linda University Church will host a day devoted to the topic of women’s ordination, entitled “Women’s Ordination: The Road to San Antonio.” 

Women’s ordination will not be on the agenda at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio as such, but delegates will vote on whether or not divisions should be given the right decide women’s ordination for themselves. While that vote will be about divisional autonomy and the decentralization of authority, ordination is the issue that holds the denomination’s attention.

The LLU Church event on Friday night, January 23 and Saturday, January 24, will feature six guest speakers–four men and two women–and seven presentations, one of them a panel discussion.

The presenters are:

Darius Jankiewicz, professor of Historical Theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs who has served as a pastor in the Greater Sydney and Tasmania conferences, and as a professor of theology at the Adventist-owned Fulton College in Fiji.

John C. Brunt, the senior pastor of the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Terrace, California, who before serving at Azure Hills spent 19 years teaching in the School of Theology and 12 as Vice President for Academic Administration at Walla Walla University.

Richard M. Davidson, the J. N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan who has published numerous works, including several dozen articles on sexuality and gender relations in the Bible.

Kessia Reyne Bennett, a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, who has served as a pastor, evangelist, and chaplain.

Jon Paulien, Professor of New Testament and Dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University.

Dilys Brooks, the Associate Chaplain of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.

The weekend program is as follows:


The program will be broadcast on the Loma Linda University Church website,, and Spectrum will provide reports from the event.


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