The official news service of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church



New Boost to Anglo-German Relations

22 February 2012 Bracknell, United Kingdom [Newbold] Detailed discussions over the last six months with our state-recognised Seventh-day Adventist university in Germany have resulted in Newbold College being granted permission to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which will be conferred by the Theologische Hochschule Friedensau. This is excellent news and will enable the College to teach towards German university degrees as well as degrees through a UK university. On Friday 17 February Dr John Baildam (Deputy Principal) received confirmation from Dr Friedbert Ninow (Principal at Friedensau) that earlier that day the German education authorities in Magdeburg had cleared the way for Friedensau to enter into an academic partnership with Newbold College.

Militant Secularisation Threat to Religion

14 February 2012 London, United Kingdom [BBC News] Britain is under threat from a rising tide of "militant secularisation", Baroness Warsi and a conservative cabinet minister wrote in an article for the Daily Telegraph. Religion is being "sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere... Europe needed to become 'more confident and more comfortable in its Christianity". She will also highlight the issue in a speech at the Vatican on Wednesday. "I will be arguing that to create a more just society, people need to feel stronger in their religious identities and more confident in their creeds," she wrote in the Telegraph. "In practice this means individuals not diluting their faiths and nations not denying their religious heritages."

Adventist Leaders Visit the President of Poland

(l to r) Mr B. Komorowski, President of Poland; Pastors: Pawel Lazar, Marek Rakowski, and Ryszard Jankowski14 February 2012 Warsaw, Poland [Andrzej Sici?ski, AAI; tedNEWS] On 24 January 2012 Mr Bronislaw Komorowski, President of Poland, invited to the Presidential Palace representatives from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam for a New-Year meeting. Christian denominations were represented by members of the Roman Catholic Church, member churches of the Polish Ecumenical Council, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Pentecostal Church. Judaism was represented by members of the Jewish Community, and Islam, by Muslim Religious Union representatives.

Newbold College Joins Two International Associations

13 February 2012 Bracknell, United Kingdom [tedNEWS] Newbold College is now an international member of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).  This is an association of 600+ small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges and universities in and outside the United States.  “I am delighted to welcome Newbold College of Higher Education into Council of Independent Colleges membership.  My colleagues and I look forward to working with you” advised Richard Ekman, President, CIC.

Order of Merit to Jan Paulsen

03 February 2012 Oslo, Norway (Tor Tjeransen; tedNEWS] Former Seventh-day Adventist world church President, Dr Jan Paulsen (77), has been appointed Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. The announcement from the Royal Palace states that: “H. M. The King has appointed Jan Paulsen Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for meritorious work for the good of humanity.” Dr. Jan Paulsen has been appointed Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. Photo: ADAMS/Tor Tjeransen.“I am totally surprised and very honored by this recognition coming from H. M. The King of Norway and his councilors,” said Jan Paulsen. “It warms my heart that the accolade came with the recognition ‘Service for the good of humanity’, for that is what the life of Christian service is all about,” Paulsen added.

World Day of Religious Freedom in Croatia

03 February 2012 Zagreb, Croatia [Adventpress Newsletter; tedNEWS] World Day of Religious Freedom in Croatia was marked by an award ceremony on 28th January 2012 at the "Four Points" Hotel in Zagreb which was organised by the Association for religious freedom in the Republic of Croatia. More than two hundred participants, among whom were senior representatives of religious communities and members of the Croatian Government, celebrated human and religious freedom as a fundamental human right, which is an essential component of human dignity.

'Jesus7' Evangelism

18 January 2012 Veszprem, Hungary [tedNEWS] People in the 21st century experiencing the consequences of the multiple crises (economical, financial, ecological, ethical, relational, etc.) are searching for something more trustworthy. By establishing a Health Club they have attracted those who would...Adventists in Veszprem, a University town in the West part of Hungary, understand how to build up trust and faith in Jesus and by continuous assessment and work they are willing to respond to some of the physical and spiritual needs of the people. By establishing a Health Club they have attracted those who would like to see improvements in their physical life. Adventists from Veszprem also started a Bible University to respond to the needs of spiritual hunger – introducing people to the basics of the Bible story.

Reintroduced Law Again Jeopardising Status of Some Churches in Hungary

09 January 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Elizabeth Lechleitner/ANN; tedNEWS] The saga of securing official church status in Hungary continues, despite what religious liberty advocates called encouraging news late last year when the Constitutional Court struck down the country’s controversial Law of Churches. Prior to that ruling, more than 300 minority faiths  among them the Seventh-day Adventist Church were set to lose official legal status in Hungary on January 1, after which they would undergo a reapplication process. With the New Year, those churches are facing a similar situation.