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.

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Building for the Future on the Back of a Bike

Pastor David Peay wasn't always a cycling enthusiast. But when gun violence a few years ago took the life of Sean Taylor, a young man who had been part of his church community, Peay remembered his own sister’s violent death. He decided to take action.

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Adventist Single Adult Ministries Hosts Cruise

Over the 2017 Labor Day weekend, 180 adults from across the North American Division (NAD), and two singles from Australia, sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Bahamas on the Adventist Single Adult Ministries (ASAM) cruise themed “Plugged In.”

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Religious Liberty Congress Passes Resolutions, Honors Advocates

Leaders and participants at the 8th International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) World Congress reaffirmed their commitment to promoting religious freedom and seeking peaceful coexistence as the three-day conference concluded in Hollywood, Florida, on August 24.

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Adventists Work Together on Hurricane Harvey Relief and Recovery Efforts

Before Hurricane Harvey slammed into the southern coast of Texas on Aug. 25, 2017, Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) for the North American Division (NAD) convened a meeting with 25 union and local conference ACS DR personnel from across the division.

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Southwestern Adventist University Students Help Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

This past Labor Day weekend, 26 Southwestern Adventist University students, faculty, staff, spent several days with Lillian Fire Chief Keith Fleming at The Oaks Adventist Christian School located in Cypress, Texas, just outside of Houston.


Andrews University Continues Campus Health Initiative

During New Student Orientation, August 20–25, all incoming freshmen at Andrews University participated in mental/emotional, spiritual and physical wellness checks and were invited to actively join the mission of University Health & Wellness to become FULLY ALIVE by balancing all dimensions of wellness as part of their educational journey.

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Southwestern Adventist University Biology Professor Helps in Hurricane Rescue Efforts with Boat

When the world woke up Saturday morning, Aug. 26, 2017, to news about a raging Hurricane Harvey, many dropped to their knees to pray. Many wanted to help. But how do you help in such a situation?

NAD Asks Members to Give Next Sabbath to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

On Sept. 9, 2017, churches across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will collect a special offering to support the relief efforts of Adventist Community Services (ACS) after millions in Texas and Louisiana were impacted by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey.

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers ...

A young woman is dead in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her name is Heather Heyer. She was killed while protesting against a gross corruption of the American vision.

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Condolences, Prayers Offered as Wife of Former NAD Assistant to the President for Communication Passes Away

On Sabbath morning, Aug. 19, 2017, Ronnalee Netteburg passed to her rest after a lengthy battle with cancer.