The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University has chosen its first woman to serve as associate dean
, a development that comes the same month that the university named a woman as its lead chaplain.
Teresa Reeve, an associate professor of New Testament contexts, has taught at Andrews University for 11 years. She will fill a role vacated by Clifford Jones, who became president of the Lake Region Conference on July 1.
She conceded that some people in the Adventist Church might find it “a new idea” to have a woman serve as associate dean. But she said that on a personal level she didn’t see her appointment as a gender issue.
“The seminary believes that God gives people gifts and gives them for a reason,” she said. “It’s about pursuing God’s calling and gifting.” MORE
As one of the newest divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist world church,
NAD is actually its oldest territory. Recently, NAD has been doing a self-evaluation to examine ways of doing mission more effectively. MORE
A tornado struck the town of Wessington Springs, S.D. on Wednesday, June 18
. A large area of Wessington Springs, population 950, was affected, including 43 homes destroyed and many more damaged. The next day the S.D. State Homeland Security asked the local Adventist Community Services (ACS) team to set up a warehouse/distribution center. Within two days the center was open to the public with a total of six volunteers from both North and South Dakota assisting. Approximately 75 donors contributed to the supplies, and within six days the center had helped 39 families, or a total of 120 people.
Governor Dennis Daugaard came and personally thanked everyone for their work and services. A total of 295 volunteer hours were given to helping the survivors. [Photo: Bob Forbes, Gerry Forbes, and S.D. Governor Daugaard]
ACS at the NAD headquarters held a grand opening of their new offices today, which brings all the newly organized department and staff together. See photos on the NAD ACS Facebook page
Flood buckets and other relief supplies are needed for assisting victims of floods and already several tornadoes this season. To assist with this type of relief, financial donations are most useful. Donate here
The mortality rate for non-vegetarians is almost 20 percent higher than that for vegetarian
s and semi-vegetarians, according to a study by researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. The study and an article will be published in full in the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
. On top of lower mortality rates, switching from non-vegetarian diets to vegetarian diets or even semi-vegetarian diets also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. MORE
The Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Union College’s new Red Cross Club
with the Tribute to Heroes Disaster Relief Award for “unconditional service and support to the Cornhusker Disaster Action Team.” The campus club assists with Red Cross disaster response throughout the state of Nebraska, supporting first responders to fires, helping to provide for the immediate needs of disaster victims, and assisting with tornado damage assessment. MORE