On Sabbath, June 27, 2020, the leadership of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is asking its members, churches, ministries, and services to join in a special day of prayer for the deep hurt and frustration that racial injustice and inequity have caused in North America. As the conversations on racism in society and in the church continue to grow, we are urging the 1.2 million church members in the territories of Bermuda, Canada, Guam/Micronesia, and the United States to come together and prayerfully seek God’s guidance and leading in our lives, especially in how we relate to one another, and how we can help stop injustice against people of color.
In the past couple weeks, tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets of cities across the world, protesting against racism, injustice, and wrongful deaths. Alongside the world, Washington Adventist University’s students and community have found their voices. Among the peaceful protestors in the D.C. area were many of WAU’s leaders, students, and activists.
Designated as an Essential Service, the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church Continually Feeds Thousands in Kansas City
The New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Overland Park, Kansas, has helped address food insecurity with its Renewed Hope food pantry in the greater Kansas City area since 2011. With the reputation the church has built for nearly a decade as a large, reliable food assistance service for the community, it was deemed an essential service by the local government when stay-at-home orders went into effect. The pantry distributes food to more than 2,500 people a week.
On Friday, May 22, 2020, the first ever virtual “The Tent” meeting, a collaboration between the Ruth Murdoch Elementary School and Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC) youth ministries, premiered on YouTube and Facebook. “The Tent,” as it is known, has been an evangelistic series put on by junior high students in a large tent on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. For the past seven years, the program has occurred every May.
Protests in the wake of George Floyd’s suffocation death may be leading to a sea change in terms of how Americans see race relations. Only time will tell. For those who believe transformation is needed sociologically and administratively throughout American Adventism, I pose the question: How do we accomplish such in a way that we relate to others as equal brothers and sisters in Christ, in an effort to present a strong witness to society?
Retired Breath of Life Speaker Walter L. Pearson Jr., 74, Whose Ministry Spoke Across Generations, Passes to His Rest
Walter L. Pearson, Jr., former speaker/director for Breath of Life, passed to his rest on June 7, 2020. Pearson retired in 2010 after serving the Breath of Life media ministry for 12 years.
NAD President Daniel Jackson shares a special message for the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America regarding the racial tension in the U.S.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly disrupted plans for the 2020 Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), which was set to take place April 17-18, 2020, in Salem, Oregon. Leaders were anticipating thousands to participate and observe the annual Bible trivia testing for Pathfinders from across the North American Division (NAD) and beyond, especially after the stunning turnout at the 2019 testing. Instead, a much smaller group joined a virtual event on April 18.
La Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día en América del Norte está respondiendo a los trágicos asesinatos de Ahmaud Arbery en Georgia, Breonna Taylor en Kentucky, George Floyd en Minnesota y otros eventos recientes que demuestran claramente la brecha racial que destruye la calidad de vida para tantos y el tejido mismo de nuestra sociedad democrática. Como cristianos, condenamos tales acciones de odio y violencia y pedimos que se haga justicia para las víctimas y sus familias.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is responding to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, George Floyd in Minnesota, and other recent events that clearly document the racial divide destroying the quality of life for so many and the very fabric of our democratic society.