News Round-up

Lawsuit Accuses Church of Naming Convicted Child Molester Pathfinder Leader (Logan, Spectrum, 6 Sept 2014)

Two men are suing the Seventh-day Adventist Church for $13.5 million for allegedly allowing a convicted child molester to be a Pathfinder youth leader.

Survivor Advocate Objects to Rebaptism of Samuel Pipim (AToday, 7 Sept 2014)

A professional counselor who serves as an advocate for victims of clergy abuse with The Hope for Survivors, an Adventist organization, has released a statement detailing why Dr. Samuel Pipim was not properly eligible for rebaptism. She was assigned by the organization to work with one of at least three young women that Pipim has victimized to facilitate healing and speak on the victim’s behalf.

ADRA, partnering organizations sending medical supplies to West Africa (ADRA/ANN, 8 Sept 2014)

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is partnering with other Adventist organizations to provide needed medical supplies in West Africa as the region grapples with an ongoing Ebola outbreak.

In Costa Rica, Adventist youth and ADRA collaborate for community impact (Valerin, ANN, 11 Sept 2014)

Seventh-day Adventists in Costa Rica last month partnered with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to served in the city of Heredia to distribute food to the homeless, showcase a health expo and promote a recycling campaign.

Adventist Church’s Inter-European Division hosts first women’s congress (Diez, ANN, 11 Sept 2014)

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Inter-European Division hosted its first international Women’s Congress last weekend, drawing more than 700 women from countries throughout Central and Southern Europe for worship and empowerment workshops.

ADRA Australia assisting in Nepal following deadly floods (ANN, 11 Sept 2014)

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is establishing two temporary health camps in Western Nepal to assist some of the 180,000 people still affected by last month’s deadly flooding.

ADRA to Assist 5,000 Affected by Deadly Floods in Nepal (Blyde, Adventist Review, 11 Sept 2014)

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency, or ADRA, is establishing two temporary medical camps in Nepal to help 5,000 people as it seeks to counter a growing health crisis caused by deadly flooding.

Women Pastors Tell Their Stories (Byrd, Spectrum, 17 Sept 2014)

The North American Division’s Theology of Ordination Study Committee last year recorded some of the amazing stories of the women serving as Adventist pastors in the Division.

Adventist health leader commends WHO for first suicide report (Oliver, ANN, 19 Sept 2014)

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s top health official commended the World Health Organization for its first ever report on suicide, which offers statistics and action steps for promoting suicide prevention as a higher priority on the global public health agenda.

Ice Bucket Challenge Comes to Adventists (AToday, 19 Sept 2014)

A health charity has achieved worldwide fame on television and social media. The foundation that funds research to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been challenging well-known figures to be seen having a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads and that pop phenomena has now reached into the Adventist movement.

More at Adventist Peace Fellowship.

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