News reports from the Association of Adventist Women, Guam-Micronesia Mission, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) (two announcements) and Germany’s Friedensau Adventist University:

A TOOLBOX FOR WOMEN IN MINISTRY – a free online workshop, cosponsored by Mt. Rubidoux/SECC and Association of Adventist Women, will be held Sunday, March 7, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM. Speakers include Olive Hemmings, Ph. D, Pastor Brenda Billingy and Dr. Gimel Rogers. Register here.

For additional information call 951-837-1450. You can also email or visit

From the Guam-Micronesia Mission (edited for length): On November 21st, 2020, Mr. Surangel Whipps, Jr. won the presidential election in Palau, becoming the 10th President of the beautiful Pacific nation. Mr. Whipps, an Adventist, was sworn in as president on January 21st, 2021, during the inauguration ceremony at the Palau National Capitol.

President Whipps continues to be an active member of the Koror Seventh-day Adventist Church in Palau. His church leadership roles include church deacon, member of the Guam-Micronesia Mission Executive Committee, board member of the Guam SDA Clinic, and chairman of the Palau Adventist Schools Board.

Loma Linda University health professions students are administering tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines in California’s Inland Empire, according to an LLUH press release.

Hundreds of School of Allied Health Professions, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy students have volunteered to administer vaccines at community vaccine clinics, including Loma Linda University Health’s two vaccine sites at Drayson Center and Faculty Medical Clinics. 

Also from LLUH: Loma Linda University Health now offers an innovative way to support and strengthen board governance of Seventh-day Adventist healthcare and education systems around the globe.

Launched in January, “Conversations on Governance” is a free online board governance development course for international Seventh-day Adventist board members and leaders. The two-year certificate program, with six online sessions each year, is available in three languages: English, French and Spanish. 

“Good governance is at the heart of any successful organization,” says Loma Linda University Health president, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH. “The board is responsible for developing policies and taking actions to ensure sufficient and appropriate human and financial resources for the organization to accomplish its mission.”

In the course series, entitled, “Good Governance: What Boards Need to Know,” participants learn about governance principles, fiduciary responsibilities, differences between governance and management, and the importance of seeing beyond personal interests and local political pressures. “Attendees are encouraged to actively participate by sharing examples of their own successes and failures and provide feedback and ideas to others in the class,” Hart says.

Nearly 340 Seventh-day Adventist healthcare and education leaders from 61 countries registered for the first session held online January 21.

To learn more and register for board governance courses, visit the Global Health Institute “Conversations on Governance” website.

The Adventist Interpretations of Biblical Apocalypticism 4th International Symposium will be held at Friedensau Adventist University’s Institute of Adventist Studies near Berlin, Germany, from April 26-29, 2021. The title of the event is “The Kingdom of God Is at Hand!” For more information and to register, click here.

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