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Adventist Leaders Stress Follow-up in Unresolved Audit Findings, Transparency in Administration

Discussion begins, to be continued in October; 2010 tithe tops $2 billion 12 April 2011, Huntsville, Alabama, United States [Mark A. Kellner, Adventist Review] World leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist world church stressed a continuing need for transparency and accountability in financial reporting during an April 10 business session of the denomination's Spring Meeting. "We need to be united and set the right tone as officers ... we must work together as a team, all the way through the system," said Adventist world church President Ted N.C. Wilson, responding to a report presented by world church Treasurer Robert E. Lemon and General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS) director Paul H. Douglas. The 12-page document on transparency -- the product of a task force composed of Lemon, Douglas, North American Division Treasurer Tom Evans and GCAS associate director Robyn W. Kajiura -- stressed concerns raised by the GCAS Board and its chairman, Jack L. Krogstad. Krogstad, a layman who holds the Union Pacific Endowed Chair in Accountancy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, was recently an Academic Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Those concerns followed a GCAS report "which included the frequency of certain audit findings and the recurring unresolved nature of those findings," as stated in the document.


Mission Focus Highlight's Spring Meeting Opening

Business session to address finances, including transparency in accounting 09 April 2011, Huntsville, Alabama, United States [Ansel Oliver, ANN] Seventh-day Adventist leaders highlighted church mission, both within and outside its own walls, at the Friday night opening of Spring Meeting, one of the denomination's two major annual business meetings. Delegates also approved the meeting agenda as Sabbath began, before holding a spiritual service at McKee Auditorium at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. Executive Secretary G. T. Ng called for mission efforts to not neglect people who are already members. Without many choosing to leave the church, world membership would now likely be 24 million instead of the nearly 17-million at present, Ng said.


Recommitment to Freedom of Belief Urged at Annual Religious Liberty Event in Washington

Recent assassination of religious freedom advocate Bhatti a reminder for renewed support 07 April 2011, Washington, D.C. [Bettina Krause/IRLA, ANN] Last month's assassination of Pakistani cabinet minister and religious freedom advocate Shahbaz Bhatti added a somber note to the April 5 Religious Liberty Dinner in Washington, D.C. More than 200 government officials, ambassadors, religious leaders and religious liberty advocates stood for a minute of silence to honor Bhatti and the many others around the world who over the past year have suffered persecution, imprisonment, or death for their faith.


Adventists Are Fastest-Growing Denomination In North America

01 April 2011 USA [Global News, sizly.com] The Seventh-Day Adventist Church has long been known for quaint beliefs and rigid regulations, but surprisingly it is the fastest-growing Christian denomination in North America at the moment. Data shows Seventh-Day Adventism growing by 2.5% in North America annually, whereas Southern Baptists and other denominations are declining. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons, registered 1.4 percent growth. Their denomination also prioritizes numeric growth. Observers are surprised by the gains being posted by Adventism, known for resting on the Sabbath, and adhering to Old Testament dietary laws, including vegetarianism.


Remembrance: McFarland Helped Millions Quit Smoking with Five-day Plan

24 Mar 2011, Loma Linda, California, United States [Ansel Oliver, ANN] Dr. J. Wayne McFarland, a Seventh-day Adventist health advocate who co-authored the Five Day Plan to Stop Smoking, which drew millions to seminars in the 1960s, died March 14 at a retirement facility in Loma Linda, California. He was 97. Dr. J. Wayne McFarland helped millions quit smoking as the co-author of the Five Day Plan to Stop Smoking. Above, he addresses a luncheon at the Sheraton-Chicago hotel in 1969. [photo courtesy McFarland family]


In Japan, Adventist Church Intensifies Earthquake Relief Effort

24 Mar 2011, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [ANN] The Seventh-day Adventist Church continues to rally support in the wake of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that stuck northeastern Japan March 11, spawning a tsunami and widespread devastation. An Adventist Development and Relief Agency volunteer fills bowls with traditional Japanese miso soup for displaced persons at an area evacuation center. The church's humanitarian arm is among organizations aiding those most affected by country's March 11 earthquake. [photo courtesy ADRA International]


BUC Office Rebuild

13 March 2011 Watford, UK [Victor Hulbert, tedNEWS] Just two years and four months following a devastating fire at the British Union Conference offices in Watford, England, Pastor Ted Wilson, President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, was able to stand outside the doors of the rebuilt office and cut the ribbon – to the applause of several hundred guests who had gathered from as far away as Scotland and Ireland for the occasion.


The Secrets of Life Shared with the Thousands

11 March 2011 Targu Mures, Transylvania [Pastor Erno Szasz, tedNEWS] “The Secrets of Life with Confidence” series of lectures were organised between 18 February and 14 March 2011, in Targu Mures, Transylvania in the Hall of Maros Artistic Ensemble. The evangelistic series was followed on screen in most of the local churches and was broadcasted by Speranta TV (Hope Channel Romania) and Voice of Hope Radio. Other local cable TV companies agreed to include Speranta TV within their programme selection of channels. Interested listeners were also able to access the information and broadcast on the Internet at: www.bizakodoelet.ro, www.sperantatv.ro, and www.remenytv.hu.



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