E. Wayne Shepperd, Jr., born June 20, 1935, in Los Angeles, California, to Elbert W. Shepperd, Sr., and Naomi E. Owens, passed to his rest on Feb. 6, 2018, in Austin, Texas.
On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, the Human Empowerment Life Project (H.E.L.P.) team hosted “The Nativity Story” in the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University for approximately 460 students in grades 2–5 from the Benton Harbor, Michigan, area.
Southwestern Adventist University hosted the 23rd annual Hoops Classic this weekend. The largest basketball tournament in the North American Division, the event accommodated 56 teams from 30 schools from across the United States.
“The Well Churches Certification initiative facilitates awareness of health and well-being among clergy; to motivate and guide the population to improve their own health, to strengthen their immune systems, and resist sickness and disease,” affirmed Velino A. Salazar, SCC president.
On Sabbath, Jan. 18, just three days after Greensboro, North Carolina, was buried under 6-8 inches of snow that cancelled flights and closed schools, at least 170 refugees from six language groups braved the winter conditions to gather at the Greensboro Seventh-day Adventist Church for what they called a "Refugee Families Thanksgiving Worship."
In January 2018, the Sonscreen Film Festival and Southern Adventist University (SAU) School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD) partnered to present a film production workshop at Hawaii Mission Academy (HMA).
Terry Johnsson, vice president of mission integration for the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health in Portland, Oregon, was the first Adventist recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Portland.
On Jan. 17, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a decision in favor of Richard Tabura and Guadalupe Diaz, former employees of Kellogg USA, who were terminated in 2012 for violating the company’s policy mandating work on Saturdays (the day Tabura and Diaz observed as their Sabbath).