By Connie Vandeman Jeffery
A twice-weekly portal for storytelling has recently begun its third “season.”
Since January of 2019, Adventist academies, elementary schools, and churches across the Pacific Union Conference have contributed to a project called Pacific Sunrise. This twice-weekly email features short, inspiring stories—often showcasing what Adventist Education is all about. Now entering its third academic school year, the e-newsletter has curated over 350 stories.
“These stories sum up the inspiring things happening in our union in about 120 words or less,” said Faith Hoyt, editor of Pacific Sunrise and communication specialist for the Department of Communication and Community Engagement at the Pacific Union. “Boiled down, each story highlights the ways our schools and churches are loving, serving, or leading their communities.”
Hoyt attributes the success of Pacific Sunrise to close collaboration with the Pacific Union Office of Education. Now past the “beta testing” phase, the Union communication team is developing an established online presence where past stories are archived and current stories are showcased.
“What amazes me are all the unique, creative, but simple ways people are staying connected and encouraging each other during the pandemic,” Hoyt shared. “There are a lot of people going the extra mile during this time, and we can learn from these stories.”
This year, every school in the Pacific Union is scheduled to be featured in Pacific Sunrise. While no schedule exists for churches, church members are invited to share stories via email to News.Desk@adventistfaith.com. Pacific Sunrise is sent out on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. To subscribe to this e-newsletter, click here.