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

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

On October 17–19, 2019, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, hosted Jesus & Politics. This conference sought to prompt Christians, especially Seventh-day Adventist Christians, to be reasonably aware of and active in the various goings-on within political, social, and economic realms, yet do so upon the bedrock of Christ’s character

Burundi Adventists See Ruthless Persecution for Their Faith

Burundi Adventists See Ruthless Persecution for Their Faith

Bujumbura, Burundi – Seventh-day Adventist world church president Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson has issued an urgent appeal for prayer following the recent arrest and detention of 22 Adventist leaders and members in the central African nation of Burundi. The arrests were ordered by the national government and follow six months of illegal interference on t

Adventist School’s Colorful Fundraiser for Christchurch Victims

Adventist School’s Colorful Fundraiser for Christchurch Victims

Longburn, New Zeland -- group of New Zealand high school students is fundraising for the Christchurch mosque shooting victims, with the “power of flowers” and a message of shared humanity. Amelia Tyrrell, 17, and her fellow Longburn Adventist College prefects have gathered $NZ600 ($414USD) from their classmates to send to the victims of Friday’s te

Proposed Bill Amendment Raises Religious Freedom Concerns for Adventist Schools, Churches

Proposed Bill Amendment Raises Religious Freedom Concerns for Adventist Schools, Churches

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (AUC) is concerned that proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act could adversely impact both Adventist schools and churches. It has voiced these concerns in a submission to the review of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018. A

Unprecedented Numbers of Migrants and Refugees Means New Religious Freedom Challenges, Say Scholars

Unprecedented Numbers of Migrants and Refugees Means New Religious Freedom Challenges, Say Scholars

SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND — As the number of migrants and refugees worldwide continues to surge, a panel of scholars convened last month by the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) says more must be done to deal with related religious freedom challenges. The IRLA’s 19thMeeting of Experts, held in Cordoba, Spain, brought together renown

Ground-breaking Sabbath Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea

Ground-breaking Sabbath Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea

Seventh-day Adventists in Korea are requesting prayers from their world church family as a landmark Sabbath-keeping lawsuit makes its way to the nation’s Supreme Court. First-year medical student Jiman Han is suing for the right to take university exams outside of Sabbath hours. His predicament is one that thousands of Adventists in Korea have face

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan — Having dealt with a controversial "compliance document" on the first day of the 2018 Annual Council, leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist world church focused on outreach on several fronts during the Monday, October 15, session. Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the General Conference, r

Adventist Religious Liberty Leaders Bring Unique Viewpoint to U.S. State Department Meeting

Adventist Religious Liberty Leaders Bring Unique Viewpoint to U.S. State Department Meeting

WASHINGTON — Two Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty advocates were among those invited to participate in a landmark religious freedom summit organized by the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. The event, which began July 24, was the first-ever of its kind, and brought together government officials from some 80 nations, along with an in

Leader Brings Distinctly Adventist Voice to International Christian Gathering

Leader Brings Distinctly Adventist Voice to International Christian Gathering

The third meeting of the Global Christian Forum, held April 24 to 27 in Bogotá, Colombia, provided an invaluable opportunity to be “salt and light” and to share key Seventh-day Adventist values with a unique audience, says Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the Adventist world church. Diop, who was a plenary speaker