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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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Dr. +Ryan Bell, pastor of the Hollywood Adventist Church, writes about an interfaith response to the #NewtownShooting  he participated in. +Video
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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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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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+Melissa Arnold-Omo  The only difference between a pastor and elder is that the pastor is assigned by an SDA conference.  A pastor is automatically an elder in the church they are assigned to.  Elders on the other hand are just locally elected.  Their position is both limited to one place, but one is assigned and the others are voted.

The responsibility granted to a pastor or elder doesn't come from some ethereal vague source.  It is very clearly defined in the church manual.  Otherwise what other source do we have?  Some would say The Bible.  That is false in this topic because the early church structure of the NT, and the Israeli nation's theocratic laws of the OT, are clearly done away with.  But does that mean we should all just run around independent of each other?  Should each individual church run around independent of each other?  Should each conference run around independent of each other?  In other words, should any organization at any level in our church be able to act independently of the will of others?  

Who decides?  You? Me? A bunch of old people raised in the church who went to Adventists universities before they really had any experience in life?  They have been pastors all their lives and they can unilaterally meet amongst themselves at some conference or union office and decide policy independent of the wishes of the GC session elected presidents that represent the rest of the world church?

Who died and made these people God that they can make up new rules to break God's rules?  Amazingly it is the people who preach grace the most that end up being most like Pharisee's.  They put their own rules over God's rules, which rules are to obey the authority placed over us.  That authority isn't your pastor, isn't your conference, isn't you elder, it is the manual.  

In summary, the manual defines what a pastor and elder is.  In the manual, those two positions are not similiar when it comes to this debate over making females pastor's. There is no need to bring up a different issue other than to confuse the debate and make any real discussion on this impossible.  Perhaps other women will understand you, but you are confusing the hell out of me.  I imagine most guys would agree, because guys don't bring up irrelevant issues like this.  When other women are around these complex conversations inevitably become utterly impossible.  This is what Paul meant in 1 Timothy 2.
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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.

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what is it all about? I dont even understand!?
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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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There should be a video of his speech somewhere on the Internet...  Someone must have had a cellphone there!!!  I find it interesting that Pr. Ruguri himself have not come forward and say something or his office. We continue to prey for unity and clarity. 
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Meet Ordained Women Pastors in China
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As a Chinese SDA, if there are  5000 members in such one Church as they told, I think it is  impossible to say we have not any godly and wise men in church :-D
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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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Introduction
During the uproar of the 1960s the younger generation questioned everything. It focused its attention on such major issues as the Vietnam War, civil rights, traditional morality, and ecology. Patriotism, rules, and values were no longer taken for granted.

Seventh-day Adventist students were no exception. As more and more church members began to attend non-Adventist universities and colleges they applied critical thinking learned in their studies to other topics—including their church's beliefs and practices—that meant much to them. Many Adventist graduate students and other like-minded individuals began to meet in groups for discussion and fellowship.

These groups were the forerunners of local Forum chapters that meet today throughout the world. In time, these diverse discussion groups came together under the umbrella of the Association of Adventist Forums (AAF). In 1968, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists officially endorsed the association in the Adventist Review. The organization is currently known as Adventist Forum (AF).

The first issue of Spectrum, the journal of the Association of Adventist Forums, appeared in March 1969 under the editorial leadership of Molleurus Couperus, a physician in Loma Linda, California. Spectrum’s objectives were to print differing viewpoints about church-related issues not always discussed openly and to encourage communication among those willing to explore such issues. The founders hoped that by working toward these goals they would strengthen the Church. 

Many feel that Spectrum has accomplished its objectives over the years, but others have been appalled at controversial articles that have appeared in its pages—including some that have examined Ellen G. White, prophetess of the Church.

Couperus resigned in 1975 and turned over the editorship to Roy Branson, who had conceived of Spectrum in college and played a major role in starting it, and Charles Scriven, a former associate editor of Insight magazine. Branson became sole editor three years later and remained in that position for the next twenty years. 

During this time members of the Association of Adventist Forums found their voices, enjoyed fellowship, and established the standards and value of an independent responsible press. More than ever, Spectrum strengthened the concept that a truly lay Adventist press could be candid and loyal at the same time.

In 1998, the editorship passed to Bonnie Dwyer and Spectrum’s offices moved from Takoma Park, Maryland, to Granite Bay, California. Moving with the editorship were a large collection of back issues and a respected reputation that reached across three decades.