Newslog2019-01-09T11:40:55-08:00

A Message for Our Students Holed Up on Campus and Riding Out COVID-19

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our students, both in and out of the country, who are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This is a time for us to do all we can to stay healthy and keep from spreading this terrible disease. To help check the advance of this virus, institutions and organizations are taking steps to suspend meetings, increase social distancing, and limit in-person gatherings. Your school may be one of those currently limiting coursework to online classes. It is important to follow whatever guidelines your college or university is imposing—not [...]

By |March 18th, 2020|

Entity Updates Regarding COVID-19

As our understanding and awareness of the COVID-19 situation grows, so does our conviction that our churches and members are an important part of a healthy community response. As we gather and greet each other, we can demonstrate our awareness and consideration for the health of those around us. Please continue to pray for our health and safety—and for all those who are personally impacted by this virus. Your prayerful support is a critical factor in the overall health of our churches and the communities we serve. Adventist entities in the Pacific Southwest have been [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|

Tribute to Theodore R. “Ted” Benson, Retired Treasurer of the Pacific Union Conference

Theodore R. Benson was born on April 22, 1948, to Frank and Mary Benson in Riverside, California, the oldest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters. Ted attended Adventist schools from first grade through college. He attended San Pasqual Academy his freshman and sophomore years and La Sierra Academy his junior and senior years. For college, he studied at the La Sierra campus of Loma Linda University, majoring in accounting. While attending La Sierra, Ted began working in information systems at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and this changed his career path. He [...]

By |March 12th, 2020|

Church Support Services to Host 6th Annual inSpire

by Faith Hoyt This April, the Church Support Services (CSS) department of the Pacific Union Conference will sponsor and organize the sixth annual inSpire, a weekend gathering for Adventist creatives. “Our purpose is to let the creatives within our church know that we value their presence and expertise as photographers, poets, singers and songwriters, videographers, visual artists, and more because of the clarity they can add to storytelling and sharing God’s story,” said Rich DuBose, director of CSS. DuBose is eager to see the arts take a more prominent role in helping share the essence [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|

Pacific Union Designates Five Million in California Workers Compensation Employee Safety Funds for School Improvement Projects

by Faith Hoyt Adventist academies and elementary schools are putting unused California Workers Compensation funds to good use through projects that increase campus and workplace safety. In 2015, the required reserves in the Self-Insured California Workers Compensation exceeded the requirement from the State of California, meaning excess monies were available to be returned or designated for special projects. The Workers Comp Board for the Pacific Union decided to create a renovation fund and made the funds available to schools within the four California conferences for safety enhancement projects. “This program has been a real blessing [...]

By |February 6th, 2020|

Pacific Union Early Childhood Education Workshop Highlights Collaboration and Accreditation

by Faith Hoyt, with Julie Yamada Over 20 Pacific Union early childhood education (ECE) directors met together at the Ontario Airport Hotel in Ontario, Calif., this last November during their 2019 ECE workshop to focus on “Creating a Culture of Collaboration.” Marie Alcock, president of Learning Systems Associates, presented a seminar for educators on understanding and shaping a school culture. Alcock also addressed personalized learning, brain-based learning environments, and instructional practices. At the workshop, ECE directors became more familiar with the process of accreditation for early childhood programs during a training provided by Evelyn Sullivan, [...]

By |January 13th, 2020|