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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Walla Walla University Hosts North American Division Ministerial Conference

On June 5-7, more than 35 representatives from Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education, the North American Division Ministerial Association, and the North Pacific Union Conference met by invitation at the Walla Walla University (WWU) campus in Washington for the North American Division Ministerial Conference.

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Young Adults Experience the Heart of Jesus at DFW 1:1

“It's great to know that Jesus is still a draw in 2017,” beamed Pastor Lola Moore Johnston, Young Adult Ministries director for the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “It was refreshing to be in a space with people, young and mature, who were excited to hear and speak about Jesus.”

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Southwestern Celebrates Milestone at Dinosaur Research Project Dig

Southwestern Adventist University’s annual dig for dinosaur bones in northeastern Wyoming commenced on June 1 and will run through the month. Art Chadwick, Southwestern research professor, with the support of other professors from Southwestern, Loma Linda University, and Southern Adventist University, has led the project since he started it in 1996.

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Loma Linda University Health's Kent Hansen Receives Honorary Doctorate

In Riverside, California, Loma Linda University Health General Counsel Kent Hansen, an attorney and La Sierra University alum, was honored during La Sierra’s commencement on June 18 for his significant impact and dedication throughout years of service to Seventh-day Adventist higher education.

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Daughter, Father Celebrate Gift of Life at Father's Day Graduation

It was a potentially life-altering decision, but for Megan Malingkas there was no alternative — she would do whatever it took to help her father regain his health and lead a good life.

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Worshipers Swap Sanctuaries at Andrews University

Two-and-a-half months after students urged Andrews University administrators to address the issue of racial inequality on campus, two campus churches embarked on a “Great Exchange” in hopes of further promoting healing and reconciliation.

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Filmmaker talks about documentary on Adventist Volunteers in Army's "Operation Whitecoat"

"Operation Whitecoat" is a documentary that tells the story of more than 2,300 Adventist, noncombatant conscientious objectors who volunteered for biodefense research studies from 1954-1973.

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Jesus 101 Selected as Winner of 38th Annual People's Choice Telly Award

The Telly Awards has named Jesus 101 as a winner for the 38th Annual People’s Choice Telly Award for the program titled "Chosen: The Marginalized Woman (The Bleeding Woman)." Jesus 101 is a media ministry of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Evangelist, Real Truth Ministries Founder W.C. Scales, Jr. Passes to His Rest

William Clinton Scales, Jr., a pastor and evangelist who spent his life in service to the Lord, passed away on May 27, 2017, near Birmingham, Alabama. He was 82. Approximately 750 attended a celebration of his life and legacy on June 11, 2017, at Oakwood University Church in Huntsville, Alabama. The memorial service was also livestreamed on the church’s website.

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Oakwood and Southern Collaborate During Technology Summit

Approximately 12 information technology staff from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, came to Oakwood University on May 18 to meet with Oakwood's IT team in Huntsville, Alabama, in a second-of-its-kind technology summit.