The North American Division started 2018 with a new website. By year's end, the site garnered almost one million page views. Almost a quarter of that traffic found its way to the NAD news pages. The top 10 pages categorized as news articles are listed below with link and short description — here is the year-in-review with the top page views of 2018.
The leadership of the North American Division values all its members and appreciates the various views they hold on the issues that face our church. But we are troubled by a recent series of false accusations made in articles published by a lay-operated website.
New Computer Science Lab Allows La Sierra Students to Explore Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence Careers
The university’s department of computer science celebrated the opening of a new virtual reality and artificial intelligence lab on Nov. 8 that will allow students to explore the technologies through virtual game play and research. The La Sierra “VR+AI Lab” will prepare students for careers in virtual reality and artificial intelligence sectors, which analysts predict will grow exponentially over the next several years.
Ellsworth Wareham, M.D., known at the end of his life as much for his vegan-supported longevity as his distinguished surgical career that included the first open-heart surgeries in many countries, died Saturday, Dec. 15 at the age of 104.
Says Dan Jackson, NAD president: "2018 has been an interesting year for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There have been many challenges, but there have also been many wonderful things that have happened. So as we come to the end of this year my encouragement to each of us is to keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus and the goal that He gave to each one of us."
From Oct.18–20, 2018, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary held a worldview symposium that stimulated much discussion. This event was sponsored by the Adventist Theological Society and Biblical Research Institute — the theme was “Transforming Worldview(s): Biblical Faithfulness in a Pluralistic Age.” In addition to the promised academic exploration of the “significance of worldview formation for Adventist identity, theology and mission,” attendees were led to examine their own worldview and its impact on their spirituality and ministry.
PBS affiliate KQED inked a distribution deal with Michelle Noland, senior La Sierra University film major, in August for inclusion of her award-winning short film “She Isn’t Here” in the nationwide series, “Film School Shorts.” The film, which is expected to be released in April 2019, explores the anxiety disorder agoraphobia.
Southwestern Adventist University Nursing Department Receives Grant from Ardmore Institute of Health
Southwestern Adventist University’s Nursing Department is thrilled to announce the approval of a grant from the Ardmore Institute of Health. The grant will give the nursing department an opportunity to develop a whole-person wellness certificate program for student nurses and nurses currently in practice.
Christmas is all too often the most stressful time of the year. This can lead to unintended anger or outbursts, emotional or mental breakdowns, or physical problems such as high blood pressure. The holidays can be harmful, instead of refreshing our faith in our soon-returning Savior.
At the invitation of the Texas Conference, church planter Peter Casillas and Mike Tucker, speaker/director of Faith for Today Television, have recently planted a new church in Richardson, Texas. The church plant has embraced as part of their mission, connecting with the Richardson community, by partnering with local non-profits. Even though the new company has only been meeting a few weeks, they have already begun to fulfill their mission.