News reports from Washington Adventist University (WAU), Southern Adventist University, Adventist Health Clear Lake, Walla Walla University and La Sierra University:

The Arthur G. Keough Conference: Adventist Church for the 21st Century: Reexamining Church Identity, Unity and Authority is taking place September 20 – 21, 2019, on the campus of Washington Adventist University and Sligo Church. It is organized by the WAU Religion Department.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Jiri Moskala, the Dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, and Pastor Ray Tetz, Pacific Union Conference Director of Communication and Community Engagement. Other key presenters and panelists include Pastor Alexander Barrientos, Potomac Conference; Dr. Ramone Griffith, Allegheny East Conference; Elder Lowell Cooper, former vice-president of the General Conference; Dr. Olive Hemmings, WAU Religion professor; Dr. Marissa Leslie, MD, Adventist Health Care specialist, Shady Grove Hospital; Pastor Charles Sandefur, former president of ADRA International and several other youth and student leaders.

An all-day teach-in will take place 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm at Peters Music Center at WAU. Sligo SDA Church will host Sabbath programming: Sabbath Services : 8:45 am & 11:15 am
Panels: (SS 10:00 -11:00 am) & 1:30 pm –3:00 pm

Southern Adventist University alumnus Gary Rustad, ’00, accepted the nomination to become president of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. In this role, he will lead more than 40,000 church members and about 400 pastors, chaplains, ministerial directors, teachers, and support staff.

Northern California’s Adventist Health Clear Lake has launched a Pop Up Shower Trailer to allow those living in poverty or who experience homelessness, to have a clean shower, hygiene products, a good meal and other services. The trailer has two showers, one of which is ADA-accessible. According to the Lake County Record Bee, a registered nurse providing free medical assessments will accompany the Pop Up Shower Trailer. Use of the trailer will be scheduled at various locations in the area.

Walla Walla University’s class of 2024 took a break from orientation sessions to meet the surrounding community through a variety of service projects on September 17. Students washed cars, cleaned up the neighborhood and served ice cream, among other activities.

The Wall Street Journal named La Sierra University 2nd in the country for diversity. The school was also rated highly for social mobility, a category which measures enrollment and graduation rates for economically disadvantaged students.

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