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Sacred Music in Secular Opera Theatre

08 January 2012 Tirana, Albania [Andreas Mazza; tedNEWS] The New Year’s Eve gala concert is the most important artistic and musical event in Albania. Television and radio stations broadcast this event all over the country. Ambassadors, politicians, artists, and important personalities always take part in the great event. Irida Dragoti-Mazza, an Adventist professional Mezzo-soprano, was unexpectedly asked by the director of the national opera theatre to sing the song ‘Lord’s prayer’ under his directions of the orchestra. Sacred music is not very common in secular theatres, especially in post-communist counties like Albania.


How to Read the Bible

'How to Read the Bible for all It's Worth!' Featuring: Laurence Turner, Aulikki Nahkola, Cedric Vine and Jean-Claude Verrecchia Newbold College All-day Bible Conference  Sunday, 24 March 2012 9:45 am to 5:30 pm


Gold Champs for 2012

05 January 2012 London, United Kingdom [Colin Stewart/BUC News; tedNEWS] Ten thousand tickets may have been oversold for synchronised swimming at the 2012 London Olympics but the 10,000+ members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the London area are gearing themselves up to synchronise their witnessing and community activities to coincide with the greatest sporting event that London will have ever seen.


God's Revelation in Albania

05 January 2012  Berat, Albania [Sean and Brenda Mays; tedNEWS] 'Those whom Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they have cherished His principles. Through the influence of the divine Spirit they have been a blessing to those about them. Even among the heathen are those who have cherished the spirit of kindness; before the words of life had fallen upon their ears, they have befriended the missionaries, even ministering to them at the peril of their own lives. Though ignorant of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children of God.' Desire of Ages


Prayer Initiatives Around the Globe

05 January 2012 United Kingdom [tedNEWS/BUC NEWS] As part of the General Conference Revival and Reformation initiative, the world church’s Executive Committee at the 2010 Annual Council held in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, voted to make “Operation Global Rain” OGR’s 10 days of prayer an annual global event each January. What is OGR? Church congregations, small groups, or individuals set aside one hour each day to pray together. Individuals are encouraged to pray by themselves or with a few friends if they are not near a participating church. During the hour of prayer each day, short sentence prayers are encouraged so each person can pray more than once and should be based on the Word of God.


Hungarian Court Strikes Down Controversial Religious Law

December 19, 2011 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Bettina Krause/IRLA/ANN; tedNEWS] A controversial Law of Churches, which was set to deregister all but 14 “historic” religions in Hungary, was struck down today by the country’s Constitutional Court.


Happy Holiday Season

Dear Readers, Once a year we have a sense of moving forward, leaving something behind and getting into something new - it's the time of Christmas and New Year and it is here now.


Church Leaders Meet with Hungarian Ambassador on Looming Deregistration of Churches

13 December 2011, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Bettina Krause/PARL/ANN; tedNEWS] Religious liberty leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church this week met the Hungarian ambassador to the United States in an effort to help officials from that country better understand the potential effects of a looming deregistration of churches. The Law of Churches, set for implementation on January 1, would deregister all but 14 religious denominations in Hungary, including the Adventist Church. It could also potentially affect the church's theological seminary.


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