NAD Summit on Abuse Underscores Shared Accountability When Facing Cases in Adventist Churches, Schools, and Institutions
The NAD enditnow Summit on Abuse took place Sept. 24-25 at the division’s headquarters in Columbia, Md. The summit was organized to help equip pastors, teachers, volunteers, church staff, and members with the tools and knowledge to help end abuse within their scope of influence.
What is Creation Sabbath? How can my church celebrate Creation Sabbath? When is Creation Sabbath this year? The answers to these questions are not secrets, and now they are easily accessible at the newly revamped Creation Sabbath website — ready in time for the special Sabbath on Oct. 27, 2018.
As this fall’s meeting approaches, here is a look back at a 2017 Year-End Meeting (YEM) discussion with student body presidents of Adventist colleges and universities (Adventist Intercollegiate Association). The students, some of whom have recently graduated, were invited to participate in the North American Divison’s annual meeting with voice and vote privileges for its business sessions. The conversation started with the students sharing their expectations of YEM, and hopes for the future.
Tremendous! Impressive! Amazing! This is how volunteers, patients, and community members alike described the most recent Your Best Pathway to Health event, a three-day mega clinic held in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 19-21, 2018. The eighth in a series of “Pathway to Health” community health clinics held in cities around the U.S. over the past five years, the Fort Worth event stands out as one of the most unique. And the 2,200 volunteers in Fort Worth made a difference in the lives of others as more than 6,800 patients received more than $25,000,000 in services provided.
The 2018 enditnow Summit on Abuse starts at 1 p.m. EDT today and will be live streamed on this site (the NAD website) as well as Facebook. Pastors, church leaders, educators, parents . . . are encouraged to watch.
Local underrepresented minority high school students were inspired to achieve more and serve others after participating in an immersive two-week learning experience through Loma Linda University Health’s Summer Gateway program. A variety of LLUH professionals and students volunteered their time to provide lectures and to assist with hands-on activities. This summer, nearly 70 students participated in the program; 21 were selected to shadow practicing medical professionals for an additional week.
Adventist Community Services (ACS) is working with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and other disaster relief groups to help victims of Hurricane Florence. ACS Disaster Response in both South Atlantic and Carolina conferences were mobilized before Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast on Friday, September 14.
The role of media ministries in the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to create a flood of interest through their programming, station placement, and their weekly offers. The main role of Adventist Information Ministry (AIM), headquartered on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, is to collect those interests and “upgrade” as many as they can to pass on to the local church, often for personal connection and Bible study. AIM sometimes learns what happens with those it connects to local churches. Here are a few of those stories, shared during ministry meetings in August.
Approximately 200 pastors and chaplains participated in the 2018 NAD Women Clergy Retreat, which took place in Indian Wells, California, September 2-5. The retreat was designed to provide ample time for rejuvenation with inspirational messages, breakout sessions, community service, free sessions with a licensed counselor, a 24-hour prayer room, and even hand massages.