I’ve been neglecting this blog, so here are a number of articles worth contemplating:
Luke’s Picture and Mary’s Song (Nathan Brown, Adventist World, 8 Dec 2014)
We are heirs of this prophetic and faithful tradition, re-telling these stories, rehearsing these songs, re-enacting these scenes; and responding to the call to understand the story of Jesus as changing the world, challenging the powerful, and lifting up the oppressed, the humble, and the hungry. That’s a scene worth painting, preaching, and living.
Young Adventists Join #BlackLivesMatter Protests (Jared Wright, Spectrum, 7 Dec 2014)
Tonight I stood among our students as they made their voices heard. I marched with them. I felt their unrest. I could sense that they wanted change and equality. As I looked at their faces, I couldn’t help but think how this experience would change them forever. Being able to protest for change is a beautiful thing. And we are proud of how they conducted themselves in the midst of their pain and anger.
Adventist Leaders in NYC, Elsewhere Speak Out on Failure of Justice in Police-related Deaths (Adventist Today, 8 Dec 2014)
“I call on our pastors and lay leaders to speak up respectably in support of the safety and civil rights our young men and women,” stated Pastor Daniel Honore, president of the Northeastern Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. The statement was in response to widespread disappointment among many Americans at the failure of a New York City grand jury to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner.
Hundreds of Students at Andrews University March for Racial Justice (Shenika McDonald, Adventist Peace Fellowship, 7 Dec 2014)
On Saturday, December 6, approximately 250 Andrews University students, faculty, staff, and Berrien Springs community members participated in a justice march to the Berrien Springs Police Department. It was the first public protest in the school’s history.
Northeastern Conference President Calls for Racial Justice (Adventist Peace Fellowship, 8 Dec 2014)
The Ear: Nathan Brown Focuses on Justice (Charles Scriven, Spectrum, 6 Dec 2014)
Do Justice is a collection of 29 chapters by a variety of Adventist writers, leaders, academics, activists and experienced ADRA personnel. We ended up with quite a collection of contributors and felt the privilege of curating this quality of material. In the editing process, we were inspired, educated and humbled.
Justice in print and in person (Brenton Stacey, Record, 20 Nov 2014)
The telling of a young asylum seeker’s journey from Afghanistan at the launch of a justice book has poignantly illustrated the rationale for its publication.
Witnessing in the Czech Republic (Petr Cincala, Adventist World, 2 Sept 2014)
We had begun by creating a civic association, a nongovernmental organization (NGO), through which we established community groups and activities such as family center events, adult English classes, youth and health clubs, and a gospel choir. Before we could even begin to share the gospel, the community residents had to become accustomed to a pastor, someone who cared about them and prayed for them. These were the beginning phases of our ministry.
Why Adventist Memories Stay as “Good Ole’ Memories” and Not “A Person to Follow” (Justin Yang, 14 Nov 2014)
Back in the 2013 NAD Year-End Meetings, the NAD Young Adult Life Team presented a research that had been conducted in partnership with the Barna Group. The research illuminated 2 simple facts:
First, that the SDA Millennials viewed the Adventist Church to be far more anti-science (47%), repressive (37%), overprotective (36%), exclusive (34%), shallow (29%) and doubtless (28%) than any other christian millennials viewed their own church/denomination to be.