A Duty to Our Young People — NAD Leaders Speak Out Against Abuse, Urge Online Participation in enditnow Summit on Abuse
Here are personal experiences and thoughts from just a few of the many North American Division leaders who are speaking out against abuse and violence — and urging Adventists to watch the Sept. 24 (Spanish) and Sept. 25 (English) enditnow Summit on Abuse.
Altamonte Springs-based Adventist Health System, one of the largest faith-based health care systems in the United States, with nearly 50 hospital campuses and more than 80,000 employees, today announced that it will soon become AdventHealth. With the name change, the health system will move to being one consumer-centric, connected and identifiable national system of care for every stage of life and health.
In preparation for Creation Sabbath in October, a new episode of the Seeking Understanding series discusses Dr. John Walton’s internationally recognized research on “free radicals,” and how his research has influenced his beliefs about the origin of life.
In just a few days, Larry Blackmer, vice president of Education for the NAD, and his team of more than 125 staff and volunteers, will greet 6,000 education professionals—from classroom teachers and principals to deans, marketing and development directors, administrators, and food service employees—as they converge on Chicago on Aug. 6-9 for the 2018 Teachers’ Convention.
A new short film, How Many Stars, from The John 10:10 Project, helps us to understand God’s extravagance when He promised to multiply Abraham’s descendants as the stars, as well as Abraham’s faith in believing God before he had any children. How Many Stars masterfully helps even those who are math-challenged to grasp something of the scale represented by numbers made up with many zeros.
Recent events in the United States have brought the news of young children being separated from their parents as they cross our borders. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America joins other faith-based groups in expressing concern over these actions.
The Oakwood University Church, in conjunction with Breath of Life Television Ministries, will honor James Shaw, Jr. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. Shaw, the Nashville, Tennessee, resident who disarmed a gunman, attended F.H. Jenkins Preparatory School (an elementary school that is part of the South Central Conference) in Nashville for several years.
On April 20-21, 2018, a select group of lay members, pastors, educators, and church administrators attended a meeting held at the headquarters of the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to participate in a workshop and preview a new resource titled "Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones: Adventist Edition."
The next "Is This Thing On?" NAD Facebook live event will be held at 4 p.m. (PDT) on May 12 at Walla Walla University. Students will dialogue with church leaders from the NAD during a 120-minute livestreamed conversation. Dan Jackson, NAD president; Alex Bryant, executive secretary; and Tom Evans, treasurer, will answer questions via audience and social media during the program’s third Facebook Live event.
Adventist churches at times have been exclusive and repellent. We have closed doors to people who didn’t behave like us or think like us or look like us. We have cared more about being right than about being kind. We have confused acceptance with agreement. ... Now is the time to be more intentional concerning the openness and warmth of our local church climates.