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

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|

Volunteers Build 202 Sheds for Fire Survivors

by Julie Z. Lee In November, Maranatha Volunteers International and the Paradise church celebrated the completion of an ambitious community outreach project. In just three weeks of intense activity, volunteers constructed 202 storage sheds (surpassing the initial goal of 200) for survivors of the Camp Fire, a devastating wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise in 2018. “It is a real sense of blessing to see what so many dedicated volunteers were able to accomplish in less than the original time allotted for this project. Each shed represents hope and a measure of love delivered [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|

Jewish Ministries: Helping to Build Understanding

by David Gardner Ellen G. White wrote, “When this gospel shall be presented in its fullness to the Jews, many will accept Christ as the Messiah.… God expects His messengers to take particular interest in the Jewish people” (The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 380-381). David Gardner, director of Jewish Ministries for the Pacific Union Conference, has taken this “particular interest” very seriously. In September, he was appointed by the Union to serve in this position throughout its territory. Currently there are 25 Jewish-Adventist congregations in North America and 56 worldwide. Gardner’s responsibilities include support [...]

By |December 23rd, 2019|

Fairness for All Introduced in Congress Press Conference held at Utah State Capitol

by Alan J. Reinach Historic legislation protecting both religious freedom and LGBT rights was introduced in Congress in early December. Pacific Union Conference Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Alan Reinach was on hand for a press conference announcing the bill in Salt Lake City, held there because the lead sponsor is Utah Congressman Chris Stewart. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is among the broad coalition of groups sponsoring the measure. Melissa Reid, from the North American Division PARL Department, represented the church at the press conference and delivered the remarks that follow: “The Seventh-day [...]

By |December 20th, 2019|

Pacific Union ASI Young Professionals Rally Held in Northern California

by Pat Arrabito Sharing their energy and enthusiasm for God, 130 Seventh-day Adventist young professionals gathered on Sabbath afternoon and evening, Nov. 15, at the Northern California Conference (NCC) office in Sacramento, Calif. The event was sponsored by the Pacific Union ASI (Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries), an organization that brings together business and ministry for the sake of the gospel. NCC Young Adult Ministry helped to facilitate the event by providing social media advertising and securing the meeting location. Additionally, Pastor Daniel Garza advised with program planning. The group was welcomed by Ed Fargusson, [...]

By |November 26th, 2019|

Pacific Union Public Campus Ministries Hosts Solidarity Project at UC Berkeley Campus

by Faith Hoyt An Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) chapter of Public Campus Ministries collaborated on a project in late October that showed support and gave voice to survivors of sexual assault. UC Berkeley's ACF chapter, in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Path To Care Assault Crises Center, launched The Solidarity Project on their campus on October 22. The project created spaces for student survivors to write their stories on a wall—giving voice to their experience as a step forward in recovery. Assisting ACF and Path To Care in the project was the LIFE Adventist Church in [...]

By |November 18th, 2019|