The long-anticipated Adventist Learning Community has been launched
. Still in its early stages, it is a new web-based initiative of the North American Division with the goal of utilizing online distance education technology for the benefit of all kinds of ministerial and educational endeavors. Currently, it offers only a fraction of the courses and resources it will one day deliver. The goal is to deliver online continuing education for Church employees, track professional learning across the Division, offer certifications and training for volunteers and employees, enable schools – K-12 and higher education – to share courses and resources, enable conferences and unions the ability to share proven models of evangelistic success, and equip those visiting the web portal with the resources they need to complete the Great Commission. MORE
Nepal: Urgent Help Needed: A 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal has killed close to 4,000 people so far with thousands more injured and homeless. The need is great and immediate action is critical. ADRA is responding and needs your support. Please donate at ADRA.org, call 1-800-424-ADRA, or text ADRA to 41444.
The Canadian Government will match all Canadian donations for the Nepal Earthquake response
that are given by Canadian citizens through ADRA Canada
by May 25. The ADRA network has come together to jointly respond to this disaster. A team of responders has been assembled to support ADRA Nepal and the members are either already on the ground or are on their way. Stockpiled emergency supplies are also on their way. Hospitals are treating patients outside and are running low on medical supplies. ADRA Canada's main focus is to provide water, shelter, hygiene items, and disease prevention information.
U.S. citizens may also donate, but will not receive a tax-deduction for donating to ADRA Canada, and their donation will not be matched. If using a credit card, U.S. funds will be automatically converted to Canadian dollars at the current exchange rate. MORE
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus Team
received a number of awards at the Enactus U.S. National Exposition, held April 13-16, in St. Louis, Mo., including being named finalists in the opening round of the competition, along with placing as finalists in their Walmart project. They also received 3rd place nationally in both their Coca Cola Foundation and Sam’s Club projects. MORE Read about the projects
Casey Tom, Ministry Manager of Faith for Today and Jesus 101 Biblical Institute television ministries,
has been elected as the president of the Religion Communicators Council
(RCC) of the U.S. She had attended RCC meetings for about five years but did not become a member until 2012, when she was asked to serve on the RCC Board of Directors to replace Linda Walter who had worked at the Adventist Media Center.
Begun in 1929, RCC is the longest standing religious public relations professional organization in the U.S. and Canada. Its purpose is to encourage and assist more coverage of church news in newspapers and magazines. Their tagline is: "Religion is a part of everything and RCC helps you talk about it." RCC sponsors an annual convention and in addition to supplying workshops and skill sharpening events, sponsors events to provide ways for religion communicators to meet public media personnel and meet and network with other religion communicators to exchange ideas and experience that is helpful to one another.