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

G. Alexander Bryant Named North American Division President

By Kimberly Luste Maran     On July 9, 2020, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s General Conference Executive Committee met virtually to receive the name of G. Alexander Bryant, the recommendation for division president from both the North American Division’s nominating committee and executive committee. Bryant was confirmed in a vote of 153 to 5.   Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference president and, as policy indicates for the vote of division president, chair of the NAD nominating and executive committees held on July 6 and July 7, said, “I'm looking forward to a renewed focus [...]

By |July 20th, 2020|

Pacific Union Executive Committee Acts on Behalf of Conferences, Approves $500K in Aid to Support Adventist Schools

By Faith Hoyt     The Pacific Union Executive Committee recently voted to provide $500K in stimulus checks to Adventist schools in each of the seven conferences, as well as Holbrook Indian School.   In early July, the Executive Committee of the Pacific Union Conference met together virtually to discuss the proposal and approved $500K from Union reserves to be distributed in the form of assistance payments to operational schools and early childhood education centers within the Pacific Union.   Approximately 141 early childhood, elementary, and secondary schools in the Pacific Union will receive checks [...]

By |July 20th, 2020|

PUC Virtual Graduation Encourages Graduates to “Learn with Purpose, Rise in Faith, and Serve with Love”

By Cynthia Mendoza   Graduation 2020 for students of all ages will likely go down in history as a bittersweet one, with the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly disrupting most of the ceremony and celebration, but at the same time providing a memorable experience from new ways of celebrating.   Sunday, June 14, Pacific Union College (PUC) celebrated the graduation of 279 students via a virtual commencement ceremony. The school created a special graduation page on their website that included video messages from guest speakers, student leaders, and administrators.   The page includes a “Wish you were [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|

Adventist Churches Show Up to Support the Black Community

By Cynthia Mendoza   In response to the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Atlanta, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Adventist churches nationwide, including in the Pacific Union, have joined in public demonstrations of support for the Black community through protests, prayers walks, and vigils.   Ahmaud Arbery was shot by civilians in February while out for a run near his home, Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in March by police officers while they were executing a search warrant, and in May George Floyd died during an arrest attempt by police [...]

By |June 24th, 2020|

Adventist Health Responses to Coronavirus, Supports Communities in Midst of Crisis

By Adventist Health, with Randy Speyer, Mary Parra, and Faith Hoyt As the spread of coronavirus began impacting communities on the West Coast, Adventist Health made the safety of patients, associates, and physicians their top priority. The hospital system’s highly trained infection prevention practitioners closely followed the guidelines of the CDC and local public health departments. Adventist Health also kept close contact with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that physicians, staff, and patients received the best possible care. In addition to their response to the safety of those working and receiving care in [...]

By |April 24th, 2020|

ACS Responds to Pandemic; Union-wide Efforts Bring Aid to Communities

By Faith Hoyt, with Marquis D. Johns, Rocio Reyna and Cynthia Mendoza With the announcement of stay-at-home orders for those living in the Pacific Southwest and across the United States, churches operating Adventist Community Services began adapting their operations to safely serve their areas. “The compassionate Adventist Community Services volunteers across all five states of the Pacific Union Conference continue to serve their communities even in the midst of this worldwide pandemic,” shared Charlene Sargent, ACS director for the Pacific Union. “They have found innovative ways to distribute much-needed food, water, and other supplies, while [...]

By |April 24th, 2020|