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8-10-12 In Response to the Huffington Post Article Published August 6, 2012

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America’s Teachers’ Convention (August 5-8) brought together educators and administrators from Adventist educational institutions for professional development workshops as well as spiritual renewal. This event hosted approximately 6,500 attendees and 160 exhibitors displaying various educational resources.

The organization, Someone to Talk To, turned in an application to serve as an exhibitor. The application, however, led event organizers to believe that the organization would be providing a counseling resource to educators. When organizers realized that this organization upheld beliefs contradictory to the Church, an immediate call was placed to the organization to let them know they couldn’t serve as a vendor at the Convention. A refund was also offered to the organization.

The Church supports efforts aimed at ending violence and abuse against young people. During the Teachers’ Convention, Adventist Risk Management, Inc., in partnership with several other Adventist organizations, launched The Seven Campaign: Stop Child Abuse Now. The NAD Office of Education also gave attendees a preview of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. Event organizers also offered six breakout sessions (equaling eight hours of education in-service) at the Convention dealing with the issue of bullying.

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus.” (taken from the Church’s official statement concerning homosexuality)

“We hold that all people, no matter what their sexual orientation, are children of God. We do not condone singling out any group for scorn and derision, let alone abuse.” (taken from the Church’s official statement on same sex unions)

“People felt safe and valued when they were in the presence of Jesus. It is our desire to evidence that same experience in our relationship with others,” said Pastor Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America.

As true with major conventions and conferences that take place all around the world, event organizers have the jurisdiction to accept what types of exhibitors are present at their event.

The North American Division exercises the same right to decide which exhibitors are present at any of our events. This does not mean that the North American Division is in any way discriminating against vendors. However, it does mean that the practices of the vendors must not be contrary to the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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