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June 25, 2020

Day of Prayer for Racial Justice and Equality

The leadership of the North American Division and the North Pacific Union Conference asks for all members to join in a special day of prayer on Sabbath, June 27. By coming to God in prayerful surrender to Him, we can become the church God wants us to be to reach out to those hurting in all our communities.

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Until All Lives Matter ...

We all know all lives matter to God. This is reaffirmed by scriptures. And while all lives matter to God, He knows all lives don't matter to all people. We play favorites, and usually defer to the powerful.

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A Conversation on Racism and Adventism with NAD Leadership

Daniel R. Jackson, North American Division president; G. Alexander Bryant, NAD executive secretary; and Randy Robinson, NAD treasurer, sat down with Mylon Medley, NAD assistant director of communication, to discuss recent events related to racial injustice, the history and relevancy of regional conferences and the presence of racism in the denomination's past and present. Click to watch this conversation and explore some suggested resources for local churches and members as they have discussions on racial justice and equality.

WWU Looks Forward to Classes on Campus

Walla Walla University will welcome students back to its campuses in fall for the 2020–2021 academic school year, prioritizing safety and quality education. Classes on the College Place campus will begin Sept. 14, two weeks earlier than normal, and will conclude Nov. 24.

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ADRA/ACS to Help Feed Families

In partnership with North American Division Adventist Community Services, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency has provided funding to expand the services of more than 200 Adventist food pantries across the U.S.

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Does my black friend expect me to support #blacklivesmatter?

With the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many more black Americans, we have seen the world come alive around the cry, "#blacklivesmatter." So after a lifetime of silence, YouTuber, Justin Khoe, decided to try and get involved. In this episode of his YouTube channel, Justin talks with John T. Boston to dig deeper into what's happening with the racial justice movement that's exploded in Amercia and around the world. Click to watch this conversation.

How God Has Blessed

With public health crisis and uncertain economy, the church has been forced to make difficult decisions. The Upper Columbia Conference had voted a contingency plan in light of the economic challenges. However, as of the end of May, the conferenced was blessed with a year-to-date tithe gain of 6.2%.

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GC Votes to Reduce Budget

Faced with troubling projections pointing to steep declines in contributions from most regions of the global Adventist Church as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Adventist leaders moved to recommend cuts in the world headquarter's operating budget, including a reduction of some personnel.

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week
Jumping Spider, Succor Creek, Oregon Credit: Vadeem G. Wahlman
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NAD Votes $10 Million Stimulus

On June 23, the North American Division Committee voted a stimulus package of $10 million to provide financial assistance to the division's conferences through its unions. This comes at a time when COVID-19 has impacted many Adventist members and entities.

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Should We Protest Discrimination and Racism?

Questions and comments about protesting have poured in during the last few weeks. Actually, some of these questions and comments, we have heard for years now. They come from colleagues, family members, brothers and sisters in our churches, and others. Interesting, that as Adventists, with protestant roots, we have to ask the question, if it is OK to protest?
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