by Monte Sahlin, May 18, 2017: “I’ve never sensed such a coming together, open hearted, look at the opportunities in front of the Adventist Today (AT) by the supporters of this ministry,” wrote a reader/supporter of last week’s first-ever AT membership drive. “The appeals were so moving and at the same time clarifying, hopeful, and […]
May 16, 2917: Thieves have stolen almost JMD 1 million (USD 7,600+) worth of equipment from Kitson Town Seventh-day Adventist Church near Jamaica’s capital, Kingston. The Jamaica Observer reports that the robbery took place either on Friday night, May 12 or early Saturday morning, May 13. Audiovisual equipment including television sets were stolen. An elder […]
May 16, 2017: It is Written Oceania’s speaker/director, Gary Kent has been dismissed from his position. In an email to supporters of the ministry, Kalvin Dever, the CEO of Wahroonga, Australia-based Adventist Media Network announced the decision. The May 15 email said that Dever had met with Kent that day to formalize his dismissal. Although a […]
Las organizaciones saludables hablan mucho acerca de algunos asuntos que son difíciles de discutir, o sobre proyectos que no están funcionando. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las organizaciones oficiales de la iglesia prefieren no discutir acerca de esos temas. ¡Pero eso no sucede en Adventist Today! Estamos comprometidos a apoyar una organización saludable, así […]
May 15, 2017: An Adventist hospital is the only hospital in Georgia to get the Leapfrog Group’s highest patient safety rating for five years in a row. Unassuming 69-bed Gordon Hospital has been given straight A’s for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group ever since the ratings debuted in 2012. The Leapfrog Group’s rating […]
May 15, 2017: A date of no later than January 31, 2018, has been set for a court trial for a lawsuit brought by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists against John Camacho, the head of the Department of Revenue and Taxation in Guam. The Adventist Church filed suit in October 2016. Camacho’s department […]
By Jiggs Gallagher Riverside, CA May 11, 2017—Marilynn Loveless, director of the drama program at La Sierra University, wrote her first full-length musical play, “God’s Peculiar People,” which she also directed as the department’s spring offering. The light-hearted romp about tangled relationships has played to sold-out audiences during its run at the university. She was […]
You see it every time. In major marathons world-wide — like Boston, NYC, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Maratona di Roma, Midnight Sun Norway, Big 5 South Africa, Australian Outback, Great Wall China, Virgin Money London, or Marathon du Medoc France — you see people cheering each other over the finish line. And where permitted, a […]
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Les organisations pleines de vitalité s’adressent, sans broncher, aux problèmes difficiles à résoudre ou aux projets et initiatives dont les résultats sont décevants. Or, les organisations religieuses, pour la plupart, évitent de parler ouvertement de tels problèmes. Pas chez nous à la rédaction d’Adventist Today. À notre avis, ce n’est point possible de cultiver une […]
There is a large amount of unprofessional news distribution on the Web and this has resulted in the problem of widely circulated fake news and unsubstantiated rumors. Unfortunately, this problem exists among Adventists in much the same way that it does in the wider world. A false report has been circulated by a number of Adventist blogs and Web sites that the Adventist denomination has or may be banned in Russia. Today the leaders of the denomination in that country released the following statement. Adventist Today includes the complete document below.
Euro-Asia Division Official Statement Regarding Misinformation on the Status of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Russian Federation
In light of the information that has been published on the Internet on the plans for placing a ban on the activity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Russia, we officially communicate that any such information from unofficial sources is not consistent with reality.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Russian Federation is a community-focused denomination, with more than 130 years of service in this territory; a fellowship of law-abiding believers, who are striving, in their life and ministry, to make a positive impact on the surrounding society.
In recent years, the Church has built, in the spirit of mutual respect, constructive dialogue with state authorities that allows for opening new possibilities to use the resources of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for meeting the needs of society. Indeed, the program “Family Health, Nation’s Health,” aimed at preventing lifestyle-related diseases, is being implemented thanks to a public grant under an ordinance of the President of the Russian Federation. It is something that attests to the fact that state authorities have in high regard the Adventist Church’s participation in public life.
In view of this, we again solemnly declare that there is no reason to believe that any justified or sensible reason exists for restricting or banning the activity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Russian Federation.
Pastor M. F. Kaminsky, President of the Euro-Asia Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Pastor O. Y. Goncharov, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director, Euro-Asia Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and Member of the Advisory Council for Cooperation with Religious Associations Under the President of the Russian Federation