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Pioneer Work in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq

19 July 2011 Kurdistan, Iraq [Basim Fargo/Kjell Aune, tedNEWS] After the war that started in 2003, many Christians in Iraq – including Adventists – left Iraq to seek asylum in other countries. Some fled to neighboring countries like Jordan and Syria, hoping to be able to go back home one day soon. Some also went to the north of Iraq where the situation has been safer. About 10 families went to Duhouk city in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.


Adventist 'Choir of the World' Winners

15 July 2011 [Girlie Mae Andrada/Ray Puen/BUC News] A choir from the Adventist University of the Philippines won three top awards at the 2011 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Festival in Wales, 4-10 July, 2011. After gaining first place in both the Mixed Choir and Chamber Choir categories, they went on to win the coveted "Choir of the World – Pavarotti Trophy on Saturday night. The Llangollen Eisteddfod, with Terry Waite CBE as its President, is among the world's most prestigious choral competitions.


First Conversation Between Adventists, Mennonites Focuses on Living Christian Life

11 July 2011 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Bettina Krause, Ansel Oliver/ANN] This month's formal conversation between leaders of the Mennonite World Conference and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists offered the opportunity for both groups to share their beliefs and dispel misunderstandings in a receptive forum, leaders of both groups said. "By sitting down and talking with those of other faiths, we gain a deeper understanding of who they are," said John Graz, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director for the Adventist Church, whose department organized the June 28 to July 1 event at its world headquarters.


Pastor Ian Sweeny to Lead Church in British Isles

08 July 2011 Watford, United Kingdom [BUC News] "I am very humbled," Pastor Ian Sweeney told delegates, immediately after being elected to the office of President at the Seventh Quinquennial Session of the British Union Conference on Sunday, 3 July at Stanborough Park church, Watford.


Health Reaches a Summit in the British Isles

08 July 2011 Northamptonshire, United Kingdom [Sharon Platt-McDonald, BUC News] Sandra Golding was effusive: "The Wellness Summit was truly inspirational, thought-provoking and life changing," she said. "The workshops that I attended were extremely beneficial and ... the speakers were excellent and had so much knowledge and experiences to share with the attendees." Others of the delegates agreed stating things like, "This has been a fantastic learning experience. It has to be the best training event I have attended so far," or "I am leaving this Summit equipped to take back health programmes that I can use in my church and community. I am so glad I came."


Adventist Health Workers' Conference in Hungary

05 July 2011 Pecs, Hungary [Robert Csizmadia, tedNEWS] The health professionals of the Hungarian Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Chruch gathered in Pecs, Hungary from 10-13 June 2011 for the forth Christian Health Professionals' Conference. Pastors, physicians, and visitors gathered for the Conference were able to attend a series of presentations by the speakers from the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists (GC) and Trans-European Division (TED).


Religious Liberty Advocates Wary of Europe's Proposed Work-free Sundays

30 June 2011 Brussels, Belgium [APD/ANN] A new alliance promoting fair and balanced work conditions in Europe asked the European Union's Economic and Social Committee last week to declare Sunday a "work-free day" in its new working guidelines for member states. The European Sunday Alliance is a network of 65 civil society organizations, trade unions and churches that agree work-free Sundays and fair working hours would promote healthier families and strengthen social cohesion among EU member states. The alliance's proposal came during a conference on the impact of Sunday work on the health, safety and social integration of European workers, which drew psychologists, social scientists and other experts to Brussels June 20.


Re-booting the Mission Spirit for Christ

27 June 2011 Kopaonik, Serbia [Igor Bosnic, tedNEWS] More than six hundred fifty members and pastors from Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Montenegro came together in the ski resort ‘Sunny Peaks’ on the mountain Kopaonik in Serbia, from 14-19 June 2011, to participate in a Mission Conference with the theme ‘In Action for Jesus’. The main objectives of the conference were threefold: spiritual nurture of the members and their further understanding of how to use their spiritual gifts to serve other people, modeling different outreach ministries especially church planting and rebooting the mission spirit with powerful Biblical teachings. In this beautiful setting of the famous mountain Kopaonik, the conference participants, apart from getting spiritual refreshment, had an opportunity to fellowship together and gain physical rest in these beautiful natural surroundings.



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