Long-Anticipated Secondary School Biology Textbook Published
Textbook, described as a “powerful tool,” is published by the NAD Office of Education.
The book, "By Design Biology: The Scientific Study of Life," represents years of effort by Christian scientists and educators to provide a text that investigates the origins of life from a biblical worldview and also explores the theory of evolution.
The NAD leadership has identified the process to elect a new executive secretary. G. Alexander Bryant, NAD president, notified the members of the standing NAD Nominating Committee that they will meet on Aug. 17 to select a name to be recommended to the NAD Executive Committee, which will then vote on the recommendation on Aug. 18.
NAD Communication Director Dan Weber interviews Rick McEdward, the president of the Middle East North Africa Union, about his service as a missionary from the NAD. In this video interview, McEdward also shares the latest update on the situation in Beirut, Lebanon, after the recent explosion that has impacted hundreds of thousands of people, and how the church is helping in the community.
With more than 650 named skeletal muscles in the human body, it is clear that humans were “Made to Move!” And as part of its Adventist HealthyYOU initiative, the North American Division (NAD) is continuing to encourage members, congregations, and organizations to plan physical activity events for their communities. "Made to Move Week" has been designated as Sept. 19-26, 2020.
Kari Firestone, Walla Walla University (WWU) professor of nursing and associate dean of the School of Nursing, has been appointed to the role of WWU COVID-19 response director by WWU president John McVay. In this new role, Firestone will lead a task force that will detail and implement plans related to COVID-19 on the WWU campus for fall quarter and beyond.
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, hundreds of youth and young adults took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with “A Cry for Justice and Healing,” an outreach event aimed at rebuilding the city and regaining a sense of peace. The event, held in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder on May 25, was attended by more than 350 volunteers, 16 Adventist churches, and officials from three conferences (Lake Region, Central States, and Minnesota conferences).
Faith leaders, government officials, and activists advocated for prayer, social justice, and community empowerment in response to the national outcry over the death of George Floyd by law enforcement through a “virtual freedom ride.” From June 14 to 21,, “Miles to Minneapolis” took viewers on Facebook and YouTube on the virtual journey from the east coast to the mid-west.
On June 23, 2020, the North American Division (NAD) Committee voted a stimulus package of $10 million to provide financial assistance to the division’s conferences through its unions. This comes at a time when COVID-19 has impacted many Adventist members and entities.
Marielis George is a certified emergency medical technician who is studying health science with a bio-health concentration and taking pre-med courses toward becoming a surgeon or physician. She felt called to serve on the front lines of the pandemic, and, in spite of the dangers and her fears, she signed up to work as an EMT with an ambulance company in her home town.