In the morning on July 19, 2021, Oakwood University, located in Huntsville, Alabama, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Peterson Hall renovation. The building has been completely renovated to include residential use as well as offering a full conference center.
The Do It Together Sabbath School Leadership Convention is described as training for Sabbath School superintendents, secretaries, creatives, youth pastors, pastors, teachers, and those interested in growing their Sabbath School attendance and engagement. The convention will be held virtually on September 9-11, 2021. NAD Youth and Young Adult Ministries is partnering with Adult Ministries and Children’s Ministries to encourage leaders of all age groups to come together.
Southern Adventist University Students, Alumni, and Staff Create Resources for NAD Health Sabbath 2021
This year, the North American Division (NAD) has designated July 24 as Health Sabbath. Eight Southern Adventist University students, alumni, and staff worked with the NAD to provide resources for youth and young adults.
Andrews University Seminary Professor Collaborates on COVID-19 Religious Freedom Project for G-20 Summit
Nicholas P. Miller, Andrews University professor of church history and director of the International Religious Liberty Institute, recently presented a policy paper on the topic of “COVID-19 and Religious Liberty” at a Freedom of Religion or Belief working group that met in conjunction with the pre-meetings of the G-20 in Matera, Italy, from June 28–30, 2021.
The North Pacific Union sponsored academy students and teachers to go on a hunt for dinosaur bones. The team was made up of 6th -11th grade students, teachers, and parents. In total, 27 people traveled to the dig site near Newcastle, Wyoming.
Three science professors from Southern Adventist University contributed to a book released this summer titled Design and Catastrophe: 51 Scientists Explore Evidence in Nature. Published by Andrews University Press, the book includes a variety of short essays written by men and women of faith from a wide range of scientific disciplines.
Early Sunday morning, July 18, 2021, Henry J. Fordham III, president of the Allegheny East Conference (AEC), and his wife, Sharon Elaine (Wright) Fordham, passed away due to a fire in their home in Douglassville, Pennsylvania.
ADRA Canada, British Columbia Conference, and Others Partner to Help as Lytton Wildfires Ravage British Columbia Village, Displacing More Than 1,800 Residents
June 29, at 49.4 degrees Celcius (120.9 °F), Lytton tied with Death Valley, California, as the hottest place in North America. Already well-known as the location of Canada’s highest temperature records, Lytton went on to set an all-time high of 49.6 degrees Celcius (121.3 °F) on June 30. The excessive heat jeopardized the lives of those in the area. Then the fire came.
Southern Adventist University’s Health Services and Senior Living Program Earns Expanded Accreditation
Southern Adventist University’s baccalaureate program in Health Services and Senior Living, housed in the School of Business, received Health Services Executive (HSE) accreditation in June 2021 and is currently the only program of its kind in Tennessee.
The Southwestern Adventist University Board of Trustees voted unanimously on July 7, 2021, for Ana Patterson to become the 26th president of the university. Patterson has served as the interim president following former president Ken Shaw’s transition to Southern Adventist University.