Story by Kimberly Luste Maran
All members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are part of a constituency, which is defined as a group of voters in a specified region who elect representatives to a legislatorial body. In this case, church members of the Columbia Union Conference have designated about 310 delegates who will represent them during the quinquennial constituency session occurring this May (2016).
Every five years representatives elect union leadership, receive reports from union leaders and entities, and vote on general decisions and church business. Reports on finances, church membership, auditing and other statistics are also received and voted. The session delegates will also vote on any proposed changes to the union constitution and bylaws.
Story by Edwin Manuel Garcia
1. Prayerfully study the Great Commission and the inspired counsels on reaching out to “the stranger in our midst.”
2. Get acquainted with refugees and immigrants near your church—in apartment complexes or grocery stores that specialize in ethnic foods.
3. Contact refugee resettlement agencies that help identify and place refugees in local communities.
4. Identify church members who can teach English as a Second Language classes, provide transportation, assist with tutoring school children or know about the availability of meaningful jobs or employment agencies.
5. Appoint a coordinator who will be sensitive to the refugees’ needs and fears.
Editorial by Hamlet Canosa / Photo by andeecollard on Flickr
His prognostication was difficult to refute. Measured by enrollment trends only, one cannot deny that Adventist education in the ’50s and ’60s was formidable. Accessibility, affordability, work-study programs, strong church demographics and other factors optimized Adventist education’s growth and impact on the church as a whole in North America.
Story by Daniel Granderson / Image by Mars P on Flickr
The four pillars of STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—already shape nearly every aspect of our lives, and Adventist educational leaders, if interested in staying relevant in a business-minded world, must embrace its effects. It’s becoming clear that American business leaders of tomorrow are the STEM students of today.