Guam-Micronesia Mission now part of North American Division

Administrative oversight shifts from Southern Asia-Pacific Division 11 Oct 2011, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States Ansel Oliver/ANN The Seventh-day Adventist Church's Guam-Micronesia Mission, an administrative region comprising islands in the western Pacific Ocean, will now report to the denomination's North American Division. Southern Asia-Pacific Division President Alberto Gulfan addresses the chair of Annual Council regrading the shift of the Guam-Micronesia Mission to the North American Division, whose president, Dan Jackson, sits nearby.

In northern India, ADRA distributes supplies in wake of widespread flooding

In nearby state, earthquake damages homes, church; Wilson offers encouragement 4 Oct 2011, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States ADRA/ANN staff The humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is responding in the wake of monsoon rains that have flooded wide stretches of northern India, killing at least 80 people since August. Flood waters collapsed mud huts and stranded hundreds of thousands of people in recent days

ADRA among agencies calling for eased restrictions on humanitarian aid in Somalia

Open letter asks factions within country to 'put people before politics' 29 Sep 2011, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States ANN staff The humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is among 20 non-governmental agencies publically calling for a dramatic shift in current restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia. An estimated 750,000 lives are now at risk in the East African country, where an insurgent group has attempted to ban Western aid agencies from the country and block starving Somalis from fleeing the country to neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia. Low rainfall across much of the Horn of Africa, which includes Somalia, has contributed to the region's worst drought in 60 years.

Remembrance: Adventist musician Rittenhouse, 88, launched New England Youth Ensemble

Veteran musician Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse died yesterday at age 88. [photo courtesy Loma Linda University] Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, 88, a noted Adventist musician who founded and directed the New England Youth Ensemble, died at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center near her home in Sterling

Church Chat: New religious study centers director wants to provide more tools for members

Rick McEdward has coordinated church planting throughout Southeast Asia and in the United States in Texas and his home state of Washington. Now the former Global Mission director for the Southern Asia-Pacific Division has been tapped to head up the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Global Mission Religious Study Centers.

Adventist Church in Hungary loses legal status, must reapply under new legislation

Under controversial legislation passed last month , the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary is one of 344 Christian churches and other faith groups that have lost their legal status and must apply to the Hungarian Parliament for registration. Only 14 religious organizations have retained their previous status under the new law, which human rights advocates around the world have decried as "draconian" and "oppressive." Pastor Ócsai Tamás, president of the Adventist Church in Hungary, has expressed his dismay that, in spite of previous assurances by government leaders, the church must now undertake the considerable task of applying to parliament for renewal of its registration

Wilson offers condolences to people of Norway following attacks

[ANN file photo by Gerry Chudleigh] The president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church expressed condolences to the people of Norway, who continue to grieve the loss of friends and loved ones as a result of the July 22 attacks. In an August 3 letter to Adventist Church leaders in Europe , Pastor Ted N

Remembrance: Hale, 84, championed diversity in higher education

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AUC to lay off all staff as partnership with WAU delayed

The Seventh-day Adventist Church's oldest educational institution, Atlantic Union College, plans to lay off its entire staff of 97 full-time employees on July 31 because of a delay in a partnership proposal of the institution with church-run Washington Adventist University in Maryland. Leaders of both institutions have been working to secure permission from Massachusetts' education authorities to operate AUC as a satellite campus of WAU following the loss of its accreditation from a regional accrediting agency effective July 31. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges cited financial reasons in its decision.

Norwegian Adventist leader says hate must not prevail following attacks

Reidar Kvinge, president of the Adventist Church in Norway, said Friday's national tragedy was "appalling" and urged members and the community not to let hate prevail. [NUC file photo] The Seventh-day Adventist Church's top leader in Norway on Friday said the church and the community must not let hatred prevail following a national tragedy of nearly 100 people killed in a bombing and shooting spree. Separately, the denomination's religious liberty director urged careful dialogue on the incident and cautioned that the ideology of the man who confessed to the acts should be referred to as "extremist" instead of "Christian Fundamentalist," as several news reports had indicated
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