All God’s People with Ricardo Graham and Connie Jeffery
November 3, 2017 Episode #025
The North American Division (NAD) has moved into their new headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. The NAD is one of 13 divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide, and has long shared offices with the General Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland. The new complex is the organizational center for the nine unions in North America, our Pacific Union being one of them.
For more information on the NAD Grand Opening: http://www.nadadventist.org/article/1073743602/news/current-and-archived-news-stories/2017-current-news-archives/10-26-17-nad-welcomes-more-than-600-guests-to-grand-opening-of-new-headquarters
The Grand Opening ceremonies were part of the annual NAD Year-End Meeting, and 2017 was the first year in which these meetings were live-streamed in their entirety. Find the links here: http://bit.ly/NADlive
Young adults from all of the NAD colleges and universities were included as delegates with voice and vote, including delegates representing students on public colleges and universities. Our Pacific Union representatives included Megan Weems from Pacific Union Conference; Rajesh Inparaj from La Sierra University, and Bryan Nashed from UC Berkeley—representing Adventist Christian
Tuesday was the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation (discussed more in-depth in last week’s program). This last weekend, Life Church in Berkeley, Calif., commemorated this day with a creative way to survey students at UC Berkeley. The church constructed their own “Wittenberg Door,” placed it on campus, and invited their fellow students to write their own “Theses” or suggestions about how the church should change on the door. Adventist Christian Fellowship Volunteer Coordinator Ron Pickell said, “students broke for discussion around questions relics in the church today and suggested reforms. Also, the Wittenberg Door was up on campus all week inviting UC Berkeley students to share their comments.” They were also provided copies of Luther’s 95 theses, and were invited to watch the full length feature of the “Luther” film at LIFE Adventist Church.
“Growing Young Adventists” (GYA) is being introduced to the churches in North America as a way to transform the relationships within local congregations. The program focuses on bringing generations together. This grassroots movement seeks to “build faith communities that will not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead.” Our Pacific Union, All God’s People, production team was proud to work with Dr. Allan Martin, the GYA Point for the North American Division, in producing a short video that helps introduce the Growing Young Adventists program to churches across our division. The video was part of the focus on Young Adults at the NAD Year-End Meetings this week. Learn more about GYA—and check out the video—by visiting one of these links: