On Sept. 13, 2018, the North American Division (NAD) Administrative Committee voted to adopt and endorse the Adventist Women Leaders (AWL) initiative. What started with a lunch for 15 women gathered in a conference room at the NAD Year-End Meeting in October 2017 has grown to more than 50 subscribers to an email newsletter published twice each month.
Washington Johnson, II Rises to the Rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve During Historic Promotion Ceremony
Washington Johnson, II, associate director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, was officially promoted from “commander” to “captain” in the U.S. Navy Reserve on October 8, at the headquarters of the North American Division in Columbia, Maryland. Johnson is the sixth Adventist chaplain to reach the rank of captain in the history of the denomination and the U.S. Navy.
The relief effort as North Carolina residents recover from Hurricane Florence continues for Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief (ACS DR) as both South Atlantic and Carolina conferences work to assist communities across the state. In days immediately following the flooding, ACS DR set up warehouses for distribution of water, food, flood buckets containing clean supplies, and Walmart gift cards. Trucks from several conferences have delivered supplied from across the division; ADRA has pledged financial support; businesses and the American Red Cross have donated hygiene kits, water, and non-perishables.
On Sept. 13, 2018, Andrews University held its second annual Change Day. Approximately 1,400 Andrews University faculty, staff and students worked at 70 sites across seven neighborhoods and two counties.
Southwestern Adventist University celebrated the grand opening of the Larry R. Moore Nursing and Administration Building on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The ceremony took place on the front steps of the new building, with nursing students, alumni, friends, Board of Trustees and administration in attendance, along with Texas State Representative DeWayne Burns and Keene City Mayor James Chapline. More than 500 visitors attended the event.
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.