Adventists urged to study women’s ordination for themselves


President Wilson and TOSC chair Stele also ask for prayers for Holy Spirit to guide proceedings

September 24, 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Andrew McChesney/Adventist Review
Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson appealed to members to study the Bible regarding the theology of ordination as the Church continues to examine the matter at Annual Council next month and at General Conference Session next year. Above, Wilson delivers the Sabbath sermon at Annual Council last year. [ANN file photo]

Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson appealed to members to study the Bible regarding the theology of ordination as the Church continues to examine the matter at Annual Council next month and at General Conference Session next year. Above, Wilson delivers the Sabbath sermon at Annual Council last year. [ANN file photo]

Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, appealed to church members worldwide to earnestly read what the Bible says about women’s ordination and to pray that he and other church leaders humbly follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance on the matter.

Church members wishing to understand what the Bible teaches on women’s ordination have no reason to worry about where to start, said Artur A. Stele, who oversaw an unprecedented, two-year study on women’s ordination as chair of the church-commissioned Theology of Ordination Study Committee.

Stele, who echoed Wilson’s call for church members to read the Bible and pray on the issue, recommended reading the study’s three brief “Way Forward Statements,” which cite Bible texts and Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White to support each of the three positions on women’s ordination that emerged during the committee’s research.

The results of the study will be discussed in October at the Annual Council, a major business meeting of church leaders. The Annual Council will then decide whether to ask the nearly 2,600 delegates of the world church to make a final call on women’s ordination in a vote at the General Conference Session next July.

Wilson, speaking in an interview, urged each of the church’s 18 million members to prayerfully read the study materials, available on the website of the church’s Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research.

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United prayer campaign for abducted girls in Nigeria


Adventists launch united prayer campaign for abducted girls in Nigeria

Global media spotlights violation of human rights, religious freedom; united in prayer for nigeriagirls

May 27, 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | ANN staff

The Adventist world church is launching a united prayer campaign with the suggested hashtags and slogan #unitedinprayer for #nigeriagirls.

The Seventh-day Adventist world church today launched a united prayer campaign for the nearly 300 girls who were abducted by a militant group six weeks ago in Northern Nigeria.

Church officials are urging members to use the social media hashtags and slogan unitedinprayer for nigeriagirls to join local Church leaders in Nigeria in praying for the incident, which has captured global media attention.

Bassey Udoh, president of the Adventist Church’s Eastern Nigeria Union Conference, called for Adventists to pray for the girls’ peaceful release, peace of mind for their families, and wisdom for government officials negotiating with their captors.

In an incident that has gained international media coverage, the militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of at least 276 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok area of Borno State on April 14. Media reports said the girls have forcibly been converted to Islam.

“Boko Haram” translated from the Hausa language means “Western education is a sin.”

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May 31 – World No Tobacco Day


Adventists to join others in support of May 31 World No Tobacco Day

The Adventist Church, a longtime advocate against tobacco, is joining the World Health Organization in marking May 31 as World No Tobacco Day. Above, Adventists march during a rally against tobacco in Venezuela last year. [IAD file photo by David Buenaño]

World Health Organization’s 2014 emphasis is raising tobacco taxes

May 27, 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Ansel Oliver/ANN

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is one of many groups joining the World Health Organization to mark May 31 as World No Tobacco Day.

The Adventist Church is supporting this year’s theme, “Raising Tobacco Taxes,” which is a core policy recommendation of the Church’s 1996 statement on tobacco.

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ADRA assisting flood victims in Mexico, Cambodia


Food, hygiene kits part of initial response

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is assisting those affected by flooding in Latin America and Southeast Asia by providing food and shelter in coordination with local government agencies and other NGOs.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is delivering supplies to those affected by floods in Mexico. [photo courtesy ADRA International]

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is delivering supplies to those affected by floods in Mexico. [photo courtesy ADRA International]

In Mexico last month, two tropical storms triggered flooding that affected more than 400,000 people and left 139 dead, according to a country official. In Cambodia, flooding has disrupted the lives of 80,000 families and killed 30 people, a disaster management official said.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is delivering supplies to those affected by floods in Mexico. [photos courtesy ADRA International]

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is delivering supplies to those affected by floods in Mexico. [photos courtesy ADRA International]

ADRA Mexico has assisted nearly 8,000 people. Agency workers are collaborating with the Mexican Red Cross and municipal agencies to provide food, hygiene kits and shelter for those who have been evacuated. ADRA is working in the states of Guerrero, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi.

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