May 11, 2017:      Three Adventist groups are meeting this summer in the United States and you are not likely to hear about them in any of the other Adventist news publication. Yet, you might find one or more of interest.

Prison Ministry Convention

The Adventist Prison Ministry Organizations Association (APMOA) will have its annual convention August 2-5 in Herndon, Virginia. Speakers will include Dr. Harold D. Trulear, professor of theology at Howard University and national director of Healing Communities; Pastor Dave Weigley, president of the Adventist denomination’s Columbia Union Conference in the eastern U.S.; and Pastor Jorge Ramirez, vice president of the denomination’s Potomac Conference which includes Virginia.

There are many seminars and workshops on practical topics related to prison ministry all day on Thursday (August 3) and Friday (August 4). A wide range of professionals are presenting these valuable courses, including Chaplain Tony Hall, director of the Exoffender Network; Ann Adalist-Estrin, director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated; and Dr. Ivy Hylton, psychotherapist and documentary film maker.

The theme this year is “Maranatha: Jesus Behind Bars and Beyond.” You can get more information and register at www.adventsource.org or phone (800) 732-7587.

1888 Message National Conference

The 1888 Message Study Committee has scheduled its 2017 National Conference for July 12-15 on the campus of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. No speakers have been announced, but the theme is “One Interest. One Subject. The Cross.”

The committee is an independent ministry made up of Adventist pastors and lay leaders who promote a particular interpretation of the Christ-centered emphasis on salvation that began at the 1888 General Conference Session in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when Ellen G. White surprised the denomination’s leadership by siding with two young theologians who turned the Adventist movement in a more Evangelical direction. Her well-known books The Desire of Ages, a biography of Jesus, and Steps to Christ, a simple, practical presentation of basic spirituality, date from this period.

For reservations, phone (423) 236-7000. To get more information go to www.1888msc.org on the Web.

SDA Kinship Kampmeeting

The Adventist LGBT organization SDA Kinship International will have its annual gathering from Thursday evening, July 6, through Sabbath, July 8, in San Diego, California. Speakers at these yearly events are often not announced in advance because of how controversial it is in the minds of some Adventists for denominational leaders to speak to this group.

Additional information is available by Email to info@sdakinship.org or by regular paper mail to SDA Kinship, Box 244, Orinda, California 94563.

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