A Duty to Our Young People — NAD Leaders Speak Out Against Abuse, Urge Online Participation in enditnow Summit on Abuse
Here are personal experiences and thoughts from just a few of the many North American Division leaders who are speaking out against abuse and violence — and urging Adventists to watch the Sept. 24 (Spanish) and Sept. 25 (English) enditnow Summit on Abuse.
August 29, 2018, marked the millionth download from Digital Commons at Andrews University. “For the number of documents in the repository, and the size of our university, achieving this milestone in just over three years is remarkable,” says Terry Robertson, associate dean of libraries and repository librarian at the James White Library.
"[Earlier this year], a new, bright light illuminated the entire state of Ohio and beyond,” says Peter Simpson, Hispanic Ministries coordinator for the Ohio Conference, adding, “[This light] is STAR ON—STereo Adventist Radio ONline (Stereo Adventista).” Six months later, the station has an average of 1,200 daily listeners, with up to 1,600 on weekends.
Former Miss Alabama, Miss America First Runner up, Rediscovers 34-Year-Old Gifted Copy of “The Great Controversy,” Joins Adventist Church
Paige Phillips (now Parnell) and her husband Hayes joined the Summerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Georgia after Parnell rediscovered a copy of The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White that she placed in her attic 34 years ago. The book came from two teenage boys who visited her and her first husband’s home in Arizona in 1984.
For members of the Adventist Church in North America, giving tithes and offerings on digital platforms — especially smartphones — recently got much easier with the launch of the Adventist Giving mobile apps for both Apple (iOS) and Android devices. Members can search “Adventist Giving” in the respective application stores to find the apps.
The church plays an important role in creating a safe community and an environment in which domestic violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV), is addressed, not covered up. An appropriate understanding of Scripture is also protective. Local churches must become aware of resources in their communities designed to help both victims and perpetrators.
Adventist Community Services (ACS) led its first emotional and spiritual care class outside of the North American Division in Kigali, Rwanda, on Aug. 13-15. The three-day program drew 35 people from six countries - Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania.
"Walgreens doesn’t accommodate religious accommodations.” That’s how Darrell Patterson’s supervisor at Walgreens described the company’s policy. Despite that very frank (and honest) assessment, despite the fact that Walgreens violated its own policies by firing Patterson, and despite the fact that Walgreens suffered no hardship from his not working on Sabbath, four judges in two different courts decided that Walgreens didn’t violate the law. Now in 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to set this injustice right and clarify the law for all people of faith for the first time in more than 30 years.
For three days in August, a room in the south building of McCormick Place was filled with reams of paper, five laminators, colored pencils, pairs of scissors — and 240 Adventist educators attending the NAD Teachers’ Convention. Multi-grade teachers of small schools had the opportunity to color, laminate, and trim all the resources for five units of the new Encounter Bible curriculum.
United States-based Adventist Health System (AHS) recently announced the organization will change its name to AdventHealth as of January 2019, a transition AHS leaders say connects the health care system closer to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “The decision to identify our dynamic health system as AdventHealth emerged from a multi-year process of prayer, market research, and mission-focused thinking,” says Adventist Health System CEO Terry Shaw.