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Training center for religious freedom advocates opens at Adventist College in France

Church leaders, United Nations representatives, academics and students celebrated the opening February 4 of the International Center for Religious Freedom and Public Affairs at the Adventist Campus in Collonges-sous-Salève, France.

The college, located just a short distance from the French-Swiss border and the city of Geneva, has had many connections through the years with religious freedom luminaries.

February 16, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Animal Encounters – Season II

Followers and fans of the Animal Encounters TV series will recognize the names, “Gabi from Germany, Cassila from Brazil and Kezia from Kenya.” Have you wondered how they’re doing these days and what they’re up to? If you’re among those fans, you’ll be excited to hear they have decided that, after seven years, it is time for another adventure, and Costa Rica will be the place!
There has been a flurry of activity in one of the small offices in the GC building this week, from the general direction of ARtv. Every last little cable, up to the larger pieces of gear, have been labelled and packed into their appropriate hard cases.






February 13, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist Youth urged to give blood as part of 2017 Global Youth Day

Young adults in Seventh-day Adventist congregations around the world are encouraged to donate blood as part of the church’s March 18, 2017 Global Youth Day. The effort seeks to combine community service with Christian witness.

According to a statement from the world church’s Youth Department, “There is a lot more to religious faith than simply going to church and listening to sermons. The true practice of religion involves the revelation of God’s love in living out Jesus’ gospel commission.”






February 13, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist leaders call for training of next generation of leaders

Seventh-day Adventist world leaders called for the training of a younger generation of leaders to complete the church’s mission of spreading the gospel.

About 40 church leaders, including division presidents, university presidents, and senior General Conference officers, spoke about the role of young people at the 10th Global Leadership Summit in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. The annual event encourages world divisions to provide their members with regular leadership training opportunities.






February 9, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Canada, Adventist pastor talks hope to Muslims leaders

A Seventh-day Adventist leader, pastor, and police chaplain in Canada recently had an unprecedented opportunity to witness to Muslims living in a populous area northeast of Toronto.

Pastor Mansfield Edwards was a guest speaker in one of the official candlelight vigils convened by the various levels of government on February 1 in the wake of the Quebec City mosque shooting that, according to media reports, left six people dead and at least 19 injured last January 29.






February 7, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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In Japan, Seventh-day Adventist youth revive an “aging” church

A Seventh-day Adventist congregation in the center of Tokyo, Japan, had dwindled to fewer than 10 active members, prompting fears it would be closed.

Instead, local leaders of the movement designated the church as the “Setagaya Youth Church,” and today, membership is thriving as young adults continue to find nourishment for their faith.






February 6, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Adventist Pastor, keynotes U.S. National Prayer Breakfast

Addressing President Donald J. Trump and a room filled with American political and civic leaders — as well as international leaders including King Abdullah II of Jordan — on Feb. 2 at the 65th National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, recalled the motivation his mother gave him to memorize Bible verses, which kindled a lifelong quest to know the Author of those words.






February 3, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Adventist entrepreneurs find favor with flavor, sharing vegan food and Jesus

It’s famously said of New York City that “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” Now, a pair of Seventh-day Adventist entrepreneurs are demonstrating just that — and it began with a desire to share their faith in Jesus in one of the world’s largest metro areas.

Ivan Joshua Raj, 34, and Heidi Liv Tompkins, 43, are Seventh-day Adventist Bible workers, but with a twist: they’ll reach out to folks with a carob candy truffle known as a “Caruby,” or with a plant-based, gluten-free meal at a “pop-up” restaurant that also serves up Adventist music in the background and Adventist tracts for diners to take home.






January 30, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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With conflict increasing worldwide, Adventists talk peacemaking at the United Nations

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is co-leading a discussion about peacemaking at the United Nations, with a church leader telling a major symposium that peace means far more than just the absence of war.

Ganoune Diop, director of public affairs and religious liberty for the Seventh-day Adventist world church, made his remarks during a presentation to 130 representatives from various UN agencies, along with religious and non-governmental organizations, at the third annual symposium on the role of religion and faith-based groups in international affairs. The event, held at the UN building in New York on January 23, was co-sponsored by the Adventist Church.






January 30, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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Movie story of Desmond Doss, Adventist medal of honor recipient, gets Six Oscar nominations

“Hacksaw Ridge,” the 2016 film drama telling the story of Desmond T. Doss, Sr., the first conscientious objector to receive the United States of America’s highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor, has been nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, known as “Oscars,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said January 24.

Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist from Lynchburg, Virginia, volunteered to serve in the United States Army during World War II as a medic. He refused to carry a weapon, citing the sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”






January 27, 2017 in From the World Church, RSS English by

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