The Compass Headlines 11-4-2016

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The Compass Headlines 11-4-2016

Dr. Raoul Dederen Passes Away

Dr. Dederen’s funeral service took place last week Friday, October 28, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He will be remembered as a devoted husband who took care of his wife through her five year battle with Alzheimers.  He will be remembered by his lectures and popular Sabbath School Class at Andrews University—He was a Bible teacher par excellence.  He will also be remembered as an able administrator and good role model who adopted and mentored many young people.  Most of all, he will be remembered for his love for Christ and the church as exhibited by his passion for the doctrine of the church. You can read more about Dr. Dederen and his legacy here.

NAD vs GC?

The subject of women’s ordination is at the center of significant disagreement between the North American Division and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  Following the recently concluded fall Annual Council meetings where the GC voted on  the “Unity Document” and to extend one year of grace to church institutions that have chosen to ordain regardless of gender, this week the NAD Year End Meetings voted its “Unity in Mission” document and to request the GC recognize the South Eastern California Conference president, Sandra Roberts.  This policy difference between the NAD and the GC has further cemented the current crisis in the Adventist Church.

Elder Ted Wilson on World Church Actions and Kingly Authority 

In light of the recent Annual Council and the NAD Year End meetings and votes, the president of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor Ted Wilson, has written a statement addressing the need of following voted World Church actions, policy process, and “kingly authority” in a recent Q&A column on Facebook.

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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.