During its Annual Council business meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, the General Conference (GC) executive committee voted 185 to 124 (with two abstentions) to approve a plan to seek uniform policy compliance throughout the world church.
I want to write about something of great import to any of you who love a child. Let’s see if I can articulate this.
We have evermore-anxious children. Watch the tears of the elementary kids as they get older. See how the junior high kids worry. Watch the cares and concerns of the teenagers, the fears of the college students. Anxiety fills our air. Researchers are noticing the signs and effects of it in our young ones.
Why is this?
Here’s what I think: We were not built to bear the increase of knowledge.
The WWU School of Education and Psychology offers three master’s degree programs in several areas of specialization. Students can choose a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a Master of Education (MEd) or a Master of Initial Teaching (MIT). Areas of specialization include curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, literacy instruction, and special education.
Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., is happy to welcome eight new staff members to the Milo family for the 2018–2019 school year.
Mark and Cheryl Alder are engineers from Palmer, Alaska. Mark is excited to be returning to his alma mater to begin a new career as a physics, chemistry and math teacher. Cheryl will be continuing to home school their three younger children, while their two older children attend Milo and Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn.
In the digital age, educators find it increasingly difficult to engage students through traditional teaching methods. The modern classroom is a battlefield for attention, and far too often smartphones take the victory.
Eleven-year-old Angie came with her mother to the first ever Washington Conference Children’s Ministry Leadership Retreat. Her task was to be one of the retreat helpers.
Angie is shy. Yet she faithfully helped in the background, watched the puppet shows, went with fellow helpers to a session on helping children learn how to pray and slowly emerged from her shy shell.
By the end of the weekend, Angie was transformed to #SayYesToJesus. She was often the first to volunteer for the next task or errand and frequently asked, “What else can I do?”
North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee members affirmed an updated unionwide strategic plan during their Aug. 22, 2018, meeting in Ridgefield, Wash. This plan also serves as a catalyst for a continuing emphasis on young adult engagement through the Growing Young cohort project.
The collaborative approach to mission, combining input from union and local conference representatives, is an effort to move toward a common goal without diminishing the unique roles for local and regional areas of the church.
Nothing has the potential to change the world like the mission of the church, led by Christ, who is the head of the church, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Yet, sometimes I wonder why Jesus chose the church to accomplish His mission. The church is made up of fickle, flawed and often unreliable human beings. I think to myself, "Surely Jesus could have come up with a better strategy." But He didn’t.
Hannah Darby, a sixth-grade student from Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend, Ore., is one of 13 winners in an Oregon Agriculture Foundation art contest. This annual event is open to elementary-age children in the state of Oregon who enter illustrations of state industries such as agriculture, forestry, fishing, ranching and others. More than 2,000 illustrations were entered this year.
This year’s winning pictures will be featured in a school-year calendar distributed statewide. Darby’s entry — a picture of a Christmas tree farm — will illustrate December 2019.