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Walla Walla University has opened the Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture—named after one of the first black tenure-track faculty members to be hired by an Adventist college or university. The center will promote research through an annual conference, and encourage student involvement in matters of social justice.
The center also will offer pedagogy workshops on curriculum inclusiveness and multiculturalism, and it “will aim for excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression, and faith in God through the promotion of research, the provision of pedagogical resources, and the encouragement of student-led acts of service that relate to race, ethnicity, and culture.”
Justice Speaks is a weekly online conversation between African-American pastors and leaders, who address "the intersection of theology and current events" (Spectrum). The video series is hosted by pastor Jaime Kowlessar of City Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Dallas, Texas. Each episode originates as a Google Hang-out on Thursday nights, and the series can also be seen on YouTube. Adventist Peace Fellowship co-founder Doug Morgan states on his blog, "If you care about justice and Adventism, ya gotta take a listen" (History and Hope).
The most recent episode is titled "The MisEducation of the Adventist," posted below:
On March 7, 2015, the Andrews University APF Chapter, along with a number of other student organizations, sponsored an event which looked at the state and regional conference structure within the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. After a review of the NAD's organizational structure, panelists with ties to Andrews University answered a number of relevant questions. A video of the event can be viewed on YouTube--A Forum On State and Regional Conferences.
After the panel was completed, the student organizers read a statement that they are sending to NAD leaders. It reads:
A request from the Andrews University Adventist Peace Fellowship Chapter (AUAPF), in collaboration with the officers of the Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) and Black Student Christian Forum (BSCF);
To the Executive Committee of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists:
In light of the national conversations surrounding race and race relations over the past year, we have become increasingly concerned about the lack of clarity regarding the administrative separation of our church conferences along racial lines in the North American Division.
We understand that there are many strong and diverse opinions on this issue. Even within our own group, there are opinions as to whether restructuring should even be sought; and opinions regarding how restructuring could be appropriately accomplished.
However, one thing on which we all agree is that the present structure seems peculiar. Without explanation, we worry about how it looks to the outside world. We worry about how it looks to us.
Therefore, we request that the North American Division do one or both of the following:
- Form a Commission tasked with developing a strategy that culminates in the restructuring of our conferences by the year 2020;
- Release an official public statement, to be passed at the North American Division Year-end Meeting in the fall of 2015, clearly explaining why we maintain the current organizational structure.This request is presented with the hope of reconciliation, in a spirit of deep regard for the sensitivity of this subject, profound respect for church order, and earnest desire for the advancement of God’s Kingdom through this unique Adventist movement.
The statement is also available online here.
Dr. Daniel Honoré, president of the Northeastern Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, read the following statement at the worship service this past Sabbath (Dec. 6, 2014) at the Ephesus SDA Church in Harlem, NY: The original document can be accessed online here.
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