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Publishing leaders gather in Europe to examine future trends

Mario Martinelli, left, president of the Safeliz Publishing House in Madrid, Spain, speaks during the re-opening of the facility after a remodeling project. Joining in the ribbon-cutting ceremony are church leaders from the Inter-European Division, as well as General Conference President Ted N. C. Wilson, third from right. Image courtesy of Safeliz

Seventh-day Adventist publishing house managers, publishing directors and bookstore managers from more than 40 countries gathered in Madrid, Spain, from November 5 to 7 to attend a Special Conference on Publishing and New Technologies.

The conference, organized by the denomination’s Inter-European Division and the Safeliz Publishing House, was attended by several leaders of the Adventist Church’s General Conference, including President Ted N. C. Wilson, Vice President Delbert Baker and Associate Ministerial Secretary Jonas Arrais.

December 9, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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ADRA’s holiday gift catalog features life-changing presents

One of the gifts in ADRA's Really Useful Gift Catalog is the gift of a goat, which can support a girl's tuition for school. There are 36 gifts in this year's catalog.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is offering donors the chance to purchase Christmas gifts for those in need, an action that can be life-changing for recipients and provide a sustainable source of income to feed a family or send kids to school.

ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog features 36 gifts that include clean water and medical care to disaster relief and helping orphans.

December 8, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist leaders mark growth of Deaf Ministries

Members of the North American Division's Deaf ministry committee meet last month at the denomination's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. Image by Ansel Oliver

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s ministry to the Deaf is gaining traction worldwide with increased coordination to better reach and minister to members of the often-neglected subculture.

This year marks the first time that each of the denomination’s 13 world divisions has a designated coordinator for Deaf ministries in their area, a step that was announced at Annual Council in October.

December 8, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Ellen G. White Named Among 100 Most Significant Americans

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A leading scholar on Ellen G. White welcomed a decision by Smithsonianmagazine to name the cofounder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as one of the 100 most significant Americans of all times.

The magazine places White in a group that includes the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Helen Keller in its Spring 2015 issue. The individuals were chosen with the use of an algorithm that measures data taken from Wikipedia pages and Google book scans.

December 2, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Uganda’s president commends Adventists for honesty

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni listens to the proceedings of an Adventist fundraising event in Kampala on November 22. Later, in a speech, he commended Adventists for their honesty and service in the central African nation. Image by courtesy UUM

The president of the central African nation of Uganda commended Seventh-day Adventists for their honesty and integrity during a speech last month.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni called Adventists “honest,” during a speech to leaders and members at an Adventist center in the capital city of Kampala on November 22.

December 2, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Kenya, eight Adventists among 28 killed in attack

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Eight Seventh-day Adventists were among 28 bus passengers massacred by militants in Mandera, Kenya on November 22.

According to CNSnews.com, members of a Somalia-based militant group stopped the Nairobi-bound vehicle and questioned passengers to determine whether they were Muslims. Eyewitnesses said those who answered unsatisfactorily were taken aside and shot.

December 2, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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U.S. vice president’s wife praises ADRA’s work in Ukraine

Leaders from ADRA, USAID and the UN listening to Jill Biden speak at ADRA's office in Kiev. Image by Vladimir Romanishyn

Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, expressed sympathy for a family with two children who fled fighting in eastern Ukraine, and she thanked ADRA for assisting the family and many other people displaced by the violence.

Biden visited a shelter at ADRA’s office in Kiev on Friday as her husband held talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on measures to deal with the country’s sputtering economy.

November 26, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In the U.S., ‘parsonage allowance’ upheld against challenge by atheist group

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A U.S. federal court confirmed today that clergy can continue to claim the tax benefit for housing allowance, upholding a Seventh-day Adventist Church-backed appeal against a lower court ruling that would have ended the so-called parsonage allowance.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Chicago, handed down its decision saying the plaintiffs—the Freedom From Religion Foundation—lacked standing to challenge the exemption, meaning that the group had not suffered damage personally.

November 17, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist youth leaders asking local leaders to reserve March 21 as Global Youth Day

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Seventh-day Adventist Youth Ministries leaders are asking local youth leaders to reserve March 21, 2015, on their calendar for the community service initiative called Global Youth Day (GYD).

Next year’s GYD will be the third annual event that sends hundreds of thousands of Adventist youth and young adults out of church for service projects in neighborhoods and communities worldwide.

November 6, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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NAD Takes First Steps to Relocate Headquarters

Daniel R. Jackson, president of the North American Division presents his annual report at the Year End Meetings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Image by Dan Weber.

Leaders of the North American Division have taken initial steps to relocate from the headquarters of the General Conference building in Silver Spring, Maryland, to another site in the nearby metropolitan Washington area.

November 5, 2014 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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