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.
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.
Last fall, during the North American Division 2017 Year-End Meeting, a group of church leaders gathered in a conference room for a lunchtime meet and greet. A conference president, three college presidents, several ministry leaders, and a few church officers — all women — gathered to reflect, share, pray, and praise God. They also shared advice they'd give to their younger selves.
About four years ago Jiří Moskala, Ph.D., dean of the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, talked with Dale Galusha, president of Pacific Press Publishing Association about last generation theology and concluded that there had never been a definitive work on this topic. Moskala began assembling a group of scholars in various areas of theological disciplines. Recently, Moskala, co-editor of God’s Character and the Last Generation, talked about this important new book in an interview with Galusha.
While many of us have prepared for a variety of crises, there are some things local conference ACS DR leaders can do now to ensure readiness if a mass shooting should take place in your area.
On the evening of March 15, La Sierra University’s Wind Ensemble led by conductor Giovanni Santos walked onto one of the world’s most eminent stages where many of music’s greatest talents have dazzled audiences with their skill. The ensemble of more than 40 La Sierra musicians made their debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall performing published pieces as well as new works written by Santos, adjunct music professor and Emmy-winner Gary Kuo, and tenor Anthony Léon, an award-winning music major at La Sierra.
On Friday, March 30, 2018, Mykhaylo M. Malakhov, a sophomore mathematics major and J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar at Andrews University, was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious national award for undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.
Third “Is This Thing On?” Conversation with Young Adults and Adventist Church leaders in North America Held at Walla Walla University
NAD leaders engaged in conversation with college students on May 12, 2018, during the third “Is This Thing On?” video live stream. The two-hour broadcast took place on the campus of Walla Walla University, where more than 200 gathered in the Winter Educational Complex to ask questions on many topics. Thousands more watched online.
It is with great sadness that La Sierra University shares the news that Dr. V. Bailey Gillespie, 75, passed to his rest on Monday, May 7, 2018. Gillespie, tireless in his efforts to help the Adventist Church reach young people for Christ and support their faith development, spearheaded the Valuegenesis research project.
Rex Bell, an Adventist pastor, was recognized on May 1, 2018, for “many years of extraordinary work and dedication to the City of Brighton” throughout the two terms he served as city councilman.