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Adventist Leader Expresses Sorrow and Dismay over Norway Shootings and Bombing

23 July 2011, Norway [Tor Tjeransen/BUC News] Pastor Reidar Kvinge, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway, stated on Friday that "Our thoughts are with relatives and friends of those who have been injured and killed on Utøya." At least 80 people died when a gunman opened fire at a youth camp on the island on Friday, 22 July and a 32 year old Norwegian man has been arrested. The Adventist Church has its headquarters and its Junior College just a few miles from the island in Lake Tyrifjord and Norwegian Communication Director, Torre Tjeransen states that while everyone is safe that "we have been emotionally affected by the national tragedy". A further seven people died in the bomb attack in the capital, Oslo. Pastor Kvinge adds, "The grave tragedy that has affected young, enthusiastic people gathered at Utøya must not lead us in Norway to let hatred prevail. We are appalled by the cruel disregard for human life these actions show."


Forty-six Awards for Newbold Graduates

22 July 2011 Bracknell, United Kingdom [Newbold Public Relations Dept./BUC News] The annual Newbold College Awards Ceremony took place on Sunday, 10 July in a packed church centre. Amongst the audience were a considerable gathering of local dignitaries including mayors, councillors, local politicians and police representatives. As the UK degrees are accredited by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, many students, staff and well-wishers had journeyed to Lampeter in North Wales for the Degree Ceremony on Friday, 8 July. As usual, Newbold College staff took part in the academic procession and were on the platform to witness various awards and degrees in Theology and Business Management being conferred on Newbold College students – in Welsh and in English!


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).



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