May 17, 2013
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/17/13)—What does it take to be a cross-cultural missionary? What are the misperceptions about global Christian service in today’s world? Are missionaries always college and seminary graduates?
These questions and more will be tackled at the weekend conference, Embrace the Cause, on August 9-12 at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Anyone who senses a call to cross-cultural Christian service is invited...
[Episcopal Public Policy Network] “A few years ago, government authorities in Turkmenistan persecuted a woman and her son because they had converted to Christianity. The son was tortured to death. The woman was twice detained and tortured. She fled to the United States, where, suffering from panic attacks and depression, she tried to kill herself. Later, after stabilizing, she learned about political asylum and applied for it. But the U.S. government rejected her request...
May 16, 2013
- On April 23, the US Senate held its first official hearing on drone warfare entitled “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.” The United States has been using drones to conduct missile strikes in various places since 2002, but recently, more scrutiny has been given to the targeted killing program as President Obama has expanded its scope and has even used drones to target and kill three American citizens.
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/16/13)—The Asian American Baptist Caucus has invited its members and friends to apply for leadership positions for the Asian American Intergenerational Covenant Circles Project, which has been funded by the Virginia and Gordon Palmer, Jr., Trust Grant Program.
The project involves the formation of four groups in different parts of the country, each of which will be led by an elder (over 60) and a young adult (between 18 and 29). Groups will...
May 15, 2013
[Episcopal Diocese of Honduras -- Press Release] On May 4, 2013, during the 35th annual convention of The Diocese of Honduras at St. Mary’s Cathedral, The Rt. Rev. Lloyd E. Allen installed The Rev. Lura M. Kaval, a missionary of the Episcopal Church, as the Canon of Development.
The Diocese of Honduras has been funded as a program of The Episcopal Church for over 150 years, “It is time we stand on our own”, Bishop Allen again reiterated during his...
‘More local structure grows membership’; first self-sustaining union in Nigeria
May 15, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s West-Central Africa Division this year will create four new union administrative units, an action that underscores membership growth in the region and a need for more strategic planning in local fields....
May 14, 2013
- B’nai B’rith International is outraged as Iran is set to chair the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament from May 27 to June 23, despite the country’s ongoing efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.
Iran will chair the conference by way of protocol, with the 65-nation meeting rotating chairs based on alphabetical order. Hungary chaired the last conference.
Pending expected decision on theology of ordination at next General Conference session
May 14, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Seventh-day Adventist church officials in Denmark voted this week to halt the ordination of all new ministers until the General Conference Session in...
May 13, 2013
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 5/13/13)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is encouraged by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s progress Thursday toward passing fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform in its consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.B. 744).
While it was the first day in a long process, the “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators remained cohesive, bipartisan cooperation was achieved, many...
U.S. commission tracks key offenders; some optimism over new ‘watch list’ countries
May 13, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
This year’s report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has Seventh-day Adventist human rights experts...