Up-and-Coming Women of Adventism: Claudia Allen, Champion for Social Justice

Up-and-Coming Women of Adventism: Claudia Allen, Champion for Social Justice

Question 1: Can you share a little about yourself and your background? How long have you been an Adventist?   Well, I’m an African-American and I was born in Illinois so I’m from the Midwestern part of the United States. My dad is from the southside of Chicago, Illinois and my mom grew up on the westside of Chicago. My grandmother is from Detr

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

I worry we, like Pontus Pilate, are too quick to wash our hands. – Dorena Williamson In his article, “Isn’t it Time for a New Mission Story?” activist and author Craig Greenfield makes a startling observation about missionary work among Buddhist cultures. “[U]nder Buddhism”, Craig asserts, “for a god to ‘love the world’ would be shameful and strang

A Spectacle to the World

A Spectacle to the World

The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God. But how difficult for some to see and acknowledge the light and be converted, that I, Christ says, should heal them! The atmosphere of selfishness, pride, formality, and self-righteousness surrounds their souls, and it is very difficult for them to discern light as light and appreciate it. S

Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

We are not beings born totally depraved. We are beings in need of healing. - Jordan Sutton   In the 2017 sci-fi thriller “Life”, a space crew fights to survive an alien creature that is both hostile and seemingly impossible to destroy. As the film reaches its climax, however, there the viewer can discern a rising tension between nihilism and h

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus and the #MeToo Movement

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus and the #MeToo Movement

  The first breakout session of the Jesus & Politics conference had an option entitled Jesus and the #MeToo Movement. The section was moderated by Melissa Ponce-Rodas (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Andrews University). Joining her on the panel were Jennifer Jill Schwirzer (Life Coach, Abide Counseling), Erica Jones (Assistant Director

Reimagining Adventism 7a: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism 7a: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

I maintain that faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world.—Rosalind Franklin   In her poem “Back to Being Human” the English poet Ms. Moem invites us to collectively regress “back” to something we have “lost” about ourselves—a thing which purportedly encapsulates all that it means to be who we are meant to be. Bu

October 15, 2019 Annual Council Report (Tuesday Business Sessions)

October 15, 2019 Annual Council Report (Tuesday Business Sessions)

Tuesday Morning Business Session, Presided by Billy Biaggi, General Conference Vice President Selected Voted Action: The vote about deleting the paragraph below, which was tabled on Sunday was reopened and voted up with 170 (yes) to 65 (no). As a result, conference presidents from the division in which the annual meetings are held will not have voi

October 19, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Among the Social Issue Activists

October 19, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Among the Social Issue Activists

Following Sabbath lunch on October 19, the final breakout sessions of the Jesus and Politics conference included a panel entitled, “Jesus among the Social Issue Activists.” The panel was chaired by conference-organizer Michael Nixon, Andrews University VP for Diversity. On the panel were Claudia Allen, PhD Student and content manager of Messsage Ma

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict

Opening Remarks The Jesus and Politics conference, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) and religious liberty issues panel, Jesus Amidst the LGBT/Religious Freedom Conflict, was convened on the morning of October 18 by conference-organizer Melissa Reid, NAD Associate PARL. Todd McFarland of the GC PARL opened the proceedings with an explanati