When I was introduced to church-sect theory while studying undergraduate sociology of religion in Australia, I immediately realized that it gave me a new understanding of Seventh-day Adventism, the faith in which I had been raised. I wrote a paper exploring the evolution of Adventism in these terms, and determined that this would be the…… Continue reading Dilemmas in Religious Research: When a Stigmatized Researcher Researches a Conservative Church
These days we hear a lot of talk and analysis of “message” , especially of the stances of politicians and the content of advertisements. Message is a word long-used by Adventists. But let us begin by asking ourselves: What was the core of the message of Jesus? Read Matthew 28: 19, 20. Teach what? What…… Continue reading Beasts, Rules, Grace, and Relevance: What is the Message of Multicultural Adventism?
Adventists, led by Ellen White, early turned their attention to education, and began to found primary schools, academies, and “colleges”. Their main purposes were to indoctrinate and evangelize the students, to protect the children of church members from threatening ideas and information, to provide spiritual and practical education as well as academic skills, and to…… Continue reading The Metro New York Adventist Forum: Celebrating its First 50 years, 1968-2018
Two prominent Adventists have recently urged a reversal in our Church’s long held position of opposing the enactment of laws attempting to impose morality. They have urged that the church take a public position against the recent changes in North America towards recognizing same-sex relationships, and publicly support the “Marriage Amendment” to the constitution that…… Continue reading Adventists and the Proposed “Marriage Amendment”: The Constitution and Same-Sex Relationships
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, like many conservative denominations, has officially rejected homosexuality and its members who practice homosexuality. The Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual states that “…homosexual practices, and lesbian practices are among the obvious perversions of God’s original plan” [1990: 147]. To what extent does this church help its homosexual members with the ethical issues…… Continue reading Ethics for Gay Christians?: The Seventh-day Adventist Experience
A new awareness of the needs of the gay and lesbian students at Pacific Union College in Northern California has emerged among administrators, faculty, pastoral staff, and the student body over the past two years. One outgrowth of this has been the establishment of a non-judgmental “listening ear” counselling and support system known officially as…… Continue reading Kinship: Meeting Student Needs at PUC, 1985-87
Kinship was formed in 1976, and shortly afterwards, through a ballot among its members, chose the name “Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International” as best describing its members and constituency. It incorporated as a not-for-profit religious corporation in California early in 1981. Towards the end of 1981 the General Conference trademarked the name “Seventh-day Adventist”, which it…… Continue reading When the General Conference Sued SDA Kinship: KINSHIP GOES TO TRIAL