News for 2017

Adventist Church Adopts New Global Identity System

April 13, 2017

During the annual Seventh-day Adventist world church spring executive committee meeting on April 11, in Silver Spring, Md., members voted to adopt a new identity guideline system for global use.

With the Adventist Church operating in more than 200 countires and territories around the world, and worshiping in more than 900 languages, a cohesivie visual identity was challenging but something church administrators and leaders were eager to accomplish.

Adventist Health Announces New Directions in Walla Walla

April 03, 2017

Adventist Health has announced intentions to transfer control of Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) and related services to Walla Walla Providence in Walla Walla, Wash., this summer. As part of the transfer agreement, Adventist Health will continue an active presence in the area with plans to administer a special fund for new and innovative services within the Walla Walla Valley.

Will America Exchange Liberty for Security?

March 31, 2017 / Martin Weber

Will America forfeit civil and religious liberties in quest of national security? Our cities seethe with political and racial turmoil, while threats multiply from radical Islamic terrorism. Some foresee a crisis of such magnitude only God can save us. Desperate leaders could transform American democracy into theocracy.

How could that happen? What might it look like?

Consider the following imaginative scenario:[i]

Blemishes

March 29, 2017 / Steve Vistaunet

For years now, mirrors have been telling my story with increasing honesty. The supple skin of yesteryear is rapidly developing the patina of age.

This patina is not the graceful kind. There’s no hint at the artful brush strokes of a Rubens or Rembrandt. Blemishes once faint are now promenading in bold relief. They confirm the prophetic word of those old black-and-white Reader’s Digest ads, which bemoaned “Those Horrid Age Spots.” Big deal, I thought as a kid. Yet now prophecy has been fulfilled. My decades-old skin proves it. And, frankly, I suppose it is no big deal.

Letters

March 25, 2017

Thanks for 'Let's Talk' Memories

I was sorry to read that you will not be writing "Let's Talk" in the Gleaner in the future. Just wanted you to know that you will be missed. I always look forward to your column every time I receive an issue. While I know your replacement and look forward to reading his thoughts, I have really enjoyed your pieces because they are always based on some very practical and down-to-earth ideas. Thank you for making the Gleaner a great publication.

Myron Whiting, College Place, Wash.

UCA Student Athletes Share Christ

March 23, 2017 / Eric Johnson

At 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, a bus full of student athletes from Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) in Spangle, Wash., began their trip to Walla Walla University to compete in the annual Friendship Basketball Tournament. Coach Rob Gettys set the tone for the trip by sharing with the students how important it was for us to represent Christ well both on and off the court and for the team to look for ways they could demonstrate the love of Christ while on this trip.

Auburn Students Explore Servant Leadership Topics

March 23, 2017 / McKenna Butler

Student week of prayer is typically a spiritual highlight for an academy campus, and the same is true for Washington's Auburn Adventist Academy (AAA).

“We see the spiritual significance of week of prayer in a very specific way that reminds us of the greater spiritual battles we are in,” says John Soulé, AAA principal. “Any week of prayer is a call for us to continually pray for a spiritual hedge of protection for our students, staff, campus and school families.”