Stories & Commentaries

About Stories & Commentaries

From time to time, the North American Division shares commentaries on issues and/or events important to Adventists in this division. We also publish stories, which sometimes include interviews and features, to inspire our leaders and members.

Larinda Fandrich and Elissa Lombard accepted the 2017 Step Up award from ServeNebraska on behalf of Union College.

Union College Receives Nebraska Service Award

Every year Union takes one day off from classes to send students into the Lincoln community and volunteer. Project Impact has been a part of Union’s campus life since the 1980s.

Guest speakers Dan Jackson, NAD president, and Alex Bryant, executive secretary at ITTO at Oakwood.

At Oakwood University, Young Adult Dialogue Continues with NAD Leaders

On Dec. 2, 2017, Oakwood University students and student government leaders from colleges across the North American Division (NAD) dialogued with church leaders during the second Facebook Live Event titled “Is This Thing On?” (ITTO).

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La Sierra Social Workers, Pastor Take Poverty Attack Plan to National Conference

Associate professor of social work Daphne Thomas, assistant professor of social work Marni Straine, and university alum Steve Hemenway, a La Sierra University Church pastor, led a workshop titled “Bridging Gaps: Social Workers Provide Solutions in Faith-based Arenas” for the National Association of Christian Social Workers convention. The event took place Nov. 2-5, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Kettering Medical Center Celebrates Robotic Surgery Milestone

Heather Pulaski, a Kettering Physician Network gynecologic oncologist, recently performed the 5000th da Vinci® Surgical System procedure at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio.

Gilbert Plubell

Son Remembers Gilbert Plubell, Former NAD Director of Education

My father, Gilbert Plubell, died on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 23, 2017. Dad, known by all as Gil, was long-time leader in Adventist education.

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NAD Partners with Community to Offer Fresh Food and Wellness Screenings to Area Residents

Approximately 275 visitors to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division (NAD) headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, procured fresh produce and received free wellness screenings on Nov. 19, 2017.

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Adventist Volunteer Services Worker Remembered

On April 1, 2017, Paul Penaranda, an Adventist Volunteer Service (AVS) volunteer passed away while being treated for an illness in the intensive care unit of Capitol Medical University Center in the Philippines.

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Loma Linda University Health Examines the Opioid Epidemic

One of the nation’s most prominent health topics came into focus last month with a panel of Loma Linda University Health experts identifying issues surrounding the opioid addiction and abuse epidemic, setting the stage for discussion of proper pain management by health professionals and addressing underlying matters in addiction.


Young Adults on Oakwood University's Campus to Dialogue with NAD Leaders at Second Event

On December 2, 2017, at 4 p.m. (CST), students from Oakwood University will dialogue with Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders from the North American Division during a 120-minute livestreamed conversation.

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The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, has released a new hybrid Master of Divinity (M.Div.) course delivery option.

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, has released a new hybrid Master of Divinity (M.Div.) course delivery option.