Stories & Commentaries

About Stories & Commentaries

From time to time, the North American Division shares commentaries on issues and/or events important to Adventists in this division. We also publish stories, which sometimes include interviews and features, to inspire our leaders and members.

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UPDATE: Adventists in North America Respond to Hate, Violence in Virginia

Tragedy struck the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017, when demonstrators at a white nationalist rally, after a day of protests and clashes, were hit by the car of an Ohio man whom authorities claim held radical views.


These Stones Tell Stories

Being a guardian and preservationist of Adventist heritage is not easy, but it is rewarding. This is certainly true for Ken and Marsha Brummel, site coordinators for the Washington Seventh-day Adventist Church in New Hampshire.

I'm Not OK: A Commentary on Aftermath of Charlottesville Violence

A lot of you have been calling, texting, and checking in to see if Andrea, Max, and I are OK, and in all honesty I’m not OK.

North American Division President Issues Statement on Guam, Calls for Prayer

Aug. 12, 2017, Silver Spring, Md.: On behalf of the entire North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, I would like to let our members and the citizens on the island of Guam know that our concern and prayers are with you. We take solace in the words of Mark 13:7: “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed"; and Matthew 28:20: “And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Shawn Boonstra

ASI Calls for Members to Commit, Finish the Work at Annual Convention

At the Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) annual international convention, more than 1,800 gathered to both celebrate 70 years of the ministry-minded organization and motivate members to find ways to help “finish the work.”

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Walla Walla University Appoints New VP for Academic Administration

Volker R. Henning will join the Walla Walla University administrative team as the new vice president for academic administration beginning Sept. 1, 2017. Henning will provide administrative and academic leadership while coordinating all formal instructional services at the university.

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Walla Walla University Names New VP for Student Life

Doug Tilstra has been selected by Walla Walla University to serve as the new vice president for student life. Tilstra began his duties on July 1, 2017.

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Living Life with "Hygge"

I was listening to National Public Radio one day while driving home from work when I heard a report on the happiest place in the world. Like most people, I want to be happy and live a life full of joy. The segment caught my attention.

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Moving Forward with Mission: A Conversation with the NAD President

With interconnectedness at many administrative levels, the North American Division was not viewed as its own entity before 1985. Just a bit more than three decades later, the separation of the two entities has taken a big, physical step forward as the NAD moves into its own headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, in September.

A Call to Compassion Toward the Immigrant: A Voted Statement

The following is a voted statement by the Hispanic Advisory of the North American Division, calling for compassion toward immigrants.