NPUC Nominating Committee Invites Comments

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) nominating committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 17, to consider candidates to replace outgoing NPUC president Max Torkelsen. Torkelsen will officially retire at the upcoming NPUC constituency session on Sept. 25. The nominating committee is expected to approve a recommended name for the presidential position to be voted on by delegates at the constituency session. Northwest members are encouraged to send comments for the committee to consider during its Aug. 17 meeting.

NPUC Executive Committee News Notes

During its regular meeting on March 2, 2016, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee voted to formally invite Cesar De Leon to the position of vice president for Hispanic ministries. De Leon, who currently serves as ministerial and evangelism director for the Central California Conference, would also direct those additional duties for the NPUC. The NPUC position has been vacant since Ramon Canals began work for the world church following the 2015 General Conference Session.

NPUC Executive Committee Decides Against Special Constituency Session

In its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, August 19, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee voted 26-4 on the following motion:

“We do not believe that convening a special constituency meeting about the ordination of women as pastors would be productive at this time for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC). Therefore, we rescind our earlier action, (agenda item #43-14).”

NPUC Executive Committee to Revisit Ordination

North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) members have expressed varying concerns regarding the NPUC stance on the ordination of women following the action taken at the recent General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. Here are several facts that impact the current NPUC position and any future plan of action.

NPUC Updates Its Ordination Plan

How did the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee address the issue of ordination during its meeting on February 20, 2013?

The committee engaged in a spirited but thoughtful discussion and voted to approve the following action: “Moved that the NPUC executive committee schedule a special session of the NPUC constituency to address ministerial ordination to convene within 120 days after the General Conference (GC) theology of ordination study committee completes its work.”

A Biblical Theology of Unity

Emily Flottmann, Andre Wang, and James Wibberding, NPUC Executive Committee members 

This paper, prepared for the NPUC Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Leadership, takes a look at biblical unity.

A Biblical Theology of Unity by GleanerNOW

NPUC Opens Dialogue on Ordination without Regard to Gender — UPDATED 11/19/12

During their regularly-scheduled quarterly meeting held Nov.

Reflections on the Theology and Practice of Ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

This document, entitled “Reflections on the Theology and Practice of Ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” was presented in October 2012 by Dr. John McVay, incoming president of Walla Walla University, as part of the work done by the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Leadership. It was reviewed by the NPUC executive committee during its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 14.

Answers to Questions Regarding NPUC Process on Women in Leadership

Why is the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) discussing the topic of women’s ordination?

News Notes

Executive Committee Actions

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members met February 21 in Ridgefield, Washington, and reappointed Alphonso McCarthy as vice president for regional affairs. In addition, McCarthy serves as NPUC youth, human relations and multicultural ministries director.

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