Love in Action, Not Words
Mission Focus for NAD President Dan Jackson's Year-End Meeting Address
During the divine worship service Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), said “[Our Church] can become meaningless in the world if we don’t learn how to reach the people of our territory. Words can be empty and meaningless if they don’t have action behind them.”
The associate director of the North American Division Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) was recently selected for promotion to captain for the United States Navy Reserve. Furthermore, Johnson is now the third African-American Seventh-day Adventist to hold the rank in the United States Navy Chaplain Corp, following Captain Herman Kibble and Admiral Barry Black.
A team of 55 Adventists joined an area-wide response effort in Baltimore, Md., on June 10 in response to substantial flooding that affected an entire community. The Frederick Avenue Corridor in southwest Baltimore received 10 inches of rain on May 27 that caused severe road damage and affected approximately 100 homes.
Lake Union Youth Distribute Petition Urging Fairness and Humanity in U.S. Immigration and Gun Control Policy
More than 300 participants attending last weekend's Hispanic youth congress on the campus of Andrews University signed petitions requesting fairness and humanity in policies pertaining to U.S. immigration and gun control.
On June 7, approximately 70 family members, NAD employees, and guests attended the C.D. Brooks Prayer Chapel dedication ceremony in the division’s headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. The renowned Adventist evangelist passed away June 5, 2016, at age 85.
The Andrews University Board of Trustees voted in its June 4 meeting to shift the focus of its overall Andrews University Farm operations, including a decision to formally close the farm’s dairy operations by summer 2019. With this decision, the university's farm will expand its focus on the food crops grown on its 750 acres of land.
To help raise awareness of the refugee crisis, which involves more than 65 million people worldwide, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) collaborated with Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, to co-host an information fair and film screening on May 20.
On May 22, 2018, in Washington, D.C., more than 80 diplomats, religious liberty advocates, government officials, and guests gathered at the Organization of American States building for the 16th annual Religious Liberty Dinner. The event, themed this year “Championing Freedom of Conscience for All,” is held to celebrate and bring attention to a central human right: the freedom of religion or belief.
ACS Disaster Response Advisory Inspires Collaboration Among Unions and Addresses Need for Certified Leaders
The Adventist Community Services (ACS) Disaster Response (DR) Advisory drew 50 coordinators and directors to Rhode Island on May 6-7 to deliver reports on projects taking place around the division and beyond. The event took place at the Providence Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church just before the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) conference.