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Community Through Conversation in the Adventist Church
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"Today, the leaders of the church have the same historic opportunity that its founders had—to share God’s unconditional love and proclaim freedom of conscience for all. The GC and its advocacy arm, the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA), should speak up in favor of granting same-sex couples equal treatment under the law before the Supreme Court takes up two cases dealing with this issue on March 26 and 27. To remain silent would betray our Adventist heritage."

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The #HarlemShake  craze hits practically every Adventist-affiliated college in North America including +Walla Walla University, Andrews University, +Southern Adventist University, +Pacific Union College, Oakwood University Southwestern Adventist, La Sierra University and +Union College.

Watch the videos and vote for your favorite at our roundup.

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Second Report Regarding Ruguri Raises Questions About Church Statement
Three days after Spectrum was told at statement would be coming "shortly" and two days after IRLA spoke out, the Seventh-day Adventist Church released a statement on world church vice president's endorsement of proposed extreme anti-gay legislation in Uganda. The statement attempts to discredit the New Vision's story on Rugari's statement, but Spectrum has unearthed another report from another newspaper corroborating the original story.

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East-Central Africa Division president Blasious Ruguri, a vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who has endorsed human rights abuses against gay and lesbians in Uganda, directs the International Religious Liberty Association. Listed in the Yearbook as a member of IRLA's Board of Directors, Ruguri has called same-sex attracted folks who want to get married "despicable." As reported in Ugandan media, he has publicly endorsed legislation that will: "impose long prison sentences and, in some cases, execution for sexual minorities. It will require fellow citizens and even parents to report “suspected gays or lesbians” or face prosecution and lengthy prison sentences themselves. This bill not only violates fundamental human rights for gay people, it will break trust within families and communities. The bill violates the rights of caregivers, pastors, and medical personnel by requiring them to report gays, undermining efforts to fight HIV/AIDS by driving gays underground and forcing healthcare providers to deny care for fear of arrest."

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According to New Vision: "Pastor Blaisious Ruguri (pictured), the Seventh-day Adventist church president in East and Central Africa, said the church supports the government in the fight against homosexuality and corruption.

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Meet Ordained Women Pastors in China

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An info-graphic film that defines ordination by placing the debate over equality in the context of Seventh-day Adventist identity and church hierarchy.

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Share these stories with your friends via email, Twitter, and Facebook as we join together in creating an online cloud of witnesses celebrating the belief that Adventist women + equality = unity.

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