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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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.

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YEM Reports Focus on “New Perspectives”

The 2017 North American Division (NAD) Year-End Meeting (YEM) focused on developing “New Perspectives” on how to best accomplish the mission of the Adventist Church in the NAD, which is to reach others with our distinctive, Christ-centered message of hope and wholeness.

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La Sierra Business School's New High-Tech Labs Energize Student Experience

The Finance Lab, which utilizes StockTrak stock market simulation software, and the Innovation Lab, which offers industry-grade MarkForged 3D printers, are designed to influence individual thinking, analysis, and creativity with faculty serving as guides and resources for students as they forge career paths and build businesses.

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Adventist Attorneys Admitted to the Bar of U.S. Supreme Court

On Nov. 1, 2017, a eight Seventh-day Adventist attorneys from across the United States were admitted as members to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. The event was organized by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Office of General Counsel.

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ACS Disaster Response Update on Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, and California Wildfires Efforts

In Texas, Marshall Gonzales, Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) director for the Texas Conference, is managing the ACS DR, multi-agency warehouse in San Antonio, as per the agreement with the state.

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Day Two of YEM: Bradford Interview, Business Session, and Stories of Transformational Evangelism

While church business filled most of the morning and early afternoon on Oct. 27, 2017, the second day of the 2017 North American Division (NAD) Year-End Meeting started and ended with a spirit of worship and gratefulness toward God and His leading.