Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:06:00 -0000 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:06:00 -0000 Michiana Adventist Forum <p> Michiana Adventist Forum presents&nbsp;<strong>&quot;The Ties that Bind? Exploring the&nbsp;Impact of SDA Family Response to LGBT+ Children,&quot;</strong>&nbsp;with a panel of&nbsp;Andrews University professors and researchers.</p> <p> The program will be <strong>Saturday Afternoon at 3:30 pm, March 10, 2018, in Chan Shun Hall</strong>&nbsp;on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.</p> <p> <strong>About the Speakers</strong></p> <p> Four professors at Andrews University teamed up to study the experience of Seventh-day Adventist LGBT+ youth related to coming out to their families:</p> <ul> <li> Curtis VanderWaal, MSW, Ph.D., is Chair and Professor of Social Work at Andrews University, where he has taught since 1990.</li> <li> Nancy Carbonell, PhD, is Professor of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology and is the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator at Andrews University.</li> <li> David Sedlacek, PhD, is Professor of Family Ministry and Discipleship and Director of the MA in Youth and Young Adult ministry at the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He is also a licensed masters social worker and a certified family life educator.</li> <li> Shannon Trecartin, PhD, is assistant professor of social work at Andrews University. She is also a licensed masters social worker.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Speakers' Summary of the Topic</strong></p> <p> We surveyed more than 300 adults ages 18-35 who identified as LGBT+ and were raised in the Adventist church. We have focused mostly on the LGBT+ individuals who experienced varying levels of family acceptance or support, as well as current levels of social support, self-esteem, depression, substance use, risky sexual activity, recent suicidal thoughts, and lifetime suicide attempts. We found generally low levels of family acceptance and support, as well as elevated levels of depression and at-risk thoughts and behaviors, with higher levels among those who experienced high levels of rejection. That said, a high proportion of respondents have retained strong spiritual commitment and moderate church involvement. Almost one-third (31.7%) of respondents said they had thoughts of suicide or thoughts of ending their life during the past six months. This is over eight times the rate of suicide thoughts in the general population.</p> <p> Adventist Forum is open to the public. All are welcome. For information, contact Art Robertson at r<a href=""></a> or call <a href="471-7150">471-7150</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:23:29 +0000 "Changing the World: The Next Step" <p> On Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, Andrews University will host &quot;Changing the World: The Next Step&quot; in celebration of Black History Month. The program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall, and is sponsored by the Andrews University James White Library. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. All members of the local community are invited to attend, as are all Andrews students, faculty and staff. Co-curricular credit is available for Andrews University students.</p> <p> The evening will begin with Tom Weidlinger's documentary &quot;The Long Walk to Freedom,&quot; a 30-minute film about how 12 ordinary people from very different backgrounds came to accomplish extraordinary deeds and changed the face of the nation. These 12 individuals, with tens of thousands of other Americans, joined the Civil Rights movement to protest racial inequality, segregation and discrimination in the 1960s.</p> <p> A panel discussion will then address whether or not the goals of the 12 and others-particularly the goal of a just, free, compassionate society-have been achieved and will consider the next steps that can be taken to bring about change. Panelists include the following:</p> <ul> <li> &quot; Andrea Luxton, president, Andrews University</li> <li> &quot; Mike Ryan, district director for U.S. Congressman Fred Upton</li> <li> &quot; Mike Hildebrand, supervisor, Oronoko Charter Township</li> <li> &quot; Gwendolyn Moffitt, community engagement liaison, Michigan Department of Civil Rights</li> <li> &quot; Carmelo Mercado, general vice president/multicultural ministries coordinator, Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists</li> <li> &quot; Michael Nixon, vice president for Diversity &amp; Inclusion, Andrews University</li> <li> &quot; Carole Woolford-Hunt, chair, Department of Graduate Psychology &amp; Counseling/Counseling Psychology program coordinator, Andrews University</li> <li> &quot; Jeff Boyd, executive director, Adventist Peace Fellowship</li> <li> &quot; Moderated by Mark Reid, president, Andrews University Graduate Student Association</li> </ul> <p> Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions of the panel and give feedback. &quot;As a University, as a student body, as a church, as a community, as individuals, we have a role to play,&quot; says Carlisle Sutton, director of Community Engagement, Integration &amp; Service at Andrews University. &quot;We need to understand what is happening in the broader world and be intentional about being agents in the creation of a just, compassionate and humane society.&quot;</p> <p> Andrea Luxton says, &quot;As a University we are committed to preparing Christian professionals who are passionate about making a positive difference in an increasingly complex and divisive world. This means thoughtfully engaging in conversation and action where biblical principles and social realities intersect.&quot;</p> <p> This event is the product of collaboration between the Education Subcommittee for Community Engagement Council and the Diversity Subcommittee for Community Engagement Council of Andrews University.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:11:51 +0000 "Reading Genesis Well" Conference <p> &quot;Reading Genesis Well,&quot; the 12th Annual Andrews Autumn Conference on Religion and Science, took place October 27-28, 2017, on the campus of Andrews University. The conference highlighted the importance of interpreting biblical material well in order to comprehend and appreciate the important themes God desires to be understood.</p> <p> John &quot;Jack&quot; Collins, from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, delivered Friday evening's message, which focused on the purpose and intended audience of Genesis 1-2. Collins noted the consistent theme of praise in these chapters, concluding that the text represents an &quot;almost liturgical accounting of God's achievements,&quot; an account prioritizing the presentation of its story as a form of worship more than a useful taxonomy. The style parallels that of poetry rather than that of a rigorously detailed scientific account. The content also contrasts with creation stories told by other Ancient Near Eastern religions, where other gods made humans to do the work they did not want to do. The God of Genesis, rather, set aside time for rest and fellowship. Thus, Genesis was designed to spark imagination and call the followers of God to loyalty. Collins closed his discussion of creation saying, &quot;When we enjoy it, we enjoy its maker.&quot;</p> <p> Saturday's session began with a devotional given by Ante Jerončić, associate professor of theology and ethics at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, on the deadly sin of slothfulness and was followed by Collins' keynote presentation &quot;Can Linguistics and Literary Studies Help Us Read Genesis Well?&quot; First, Collins addressed taxonomy, discussing pragmatics and the differences between ordinary language, scientific language and poetic language. He noted that all of these are valid forms of reference to a particular idea or object; however, each is best suited for particular situations.</p> <p> Collins then discussed audience criticism. Collins said, &quot;Speakers assume that the readers can fill in understandings of the world and referential qualifications. Genesis is not about overthrowing the common sense of the world but, rather, embracing it.&quot; He noted that without understanding the viewpoints and culture of the Israelites, as well as the type of language being used in particular areas, our own modern interpretations of Scripture can falter. The role of anachronism also enters the scene, as Collins stated, &quot;Genesis enables its audience to see itself as the proper heirs of those it describes.&quot; Finally, Collins summarized the worldview theory's traditional setup: Creation, Fall, Redemption and Judgement. Drawing on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien repeatedly throughout the course of the presentation, Collins closed with Tolkien's quote, &quot;We all long for Eden.&quot;</p> <p> Three additional presentations helped provide further insights into the topic of what it means to read Genesis well. Roy Gane, professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern languages in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, gave some exegetical reflections on the sixth and seventh days of creation. Paul Keim, professor of Bible and religion at Goshen College, talked about human origins and human dignity as presented in the books of Genesis and Job. Finally, Gary Burdick, professor of physics at Andrews University, talked about what Genesis has to say to a physicist, particularly with regard to key questions regarding the universe and humanity's place in it.</p> <p> After lunch, the four speakers participated in a panel discussion, where the presenters had the opportunity to ask each other questions as well as field questions from the audience. Anthony Bosman, assistant professor of mathematics at Andrews and moderator for the afternoon session, says, &quot;Coming into dialogue with other scholars in order to expose our views to critique, and to charitably critique theirs, is one of the best ways we can maintain our institutional commitment to seeking knowledge. In this process of scholarly exchange, we see things in the text that we might have missed before or might have read too much into. However, all the presenters readily affirmed faith in the Creator God who acted in history as described by Genesis. This common faith commitment allowed us to model what it looks like for fellow believers who may disagree on some important particulars of a passage to have a cordial dialogue.&quot;</p> <p> Gary Burdick, lead organizer for the conference, provided some background on the history of the conference, saying, &quot;The Andrews Autumn Conference on Religion and Science began when a group of Mennonites from Goshen College reached out to Andrews University with the idea of starting a discussion involving both scientists and theologians on areas of mutual interest between our two faith communities.&quot;</p> <p> As a result of these initial discussions, Andrews University joined the Midwest Religion and Science Society (MRSS), which is dedicated to the dialogue between religion and science. The MRSS includes members from eight religiously affiliated colleges and universities in southern Michigan, northern Indiana and northwestern Ohio: Andrews University, Bethel College, Bluffton University, Goshen College, Manchester College, Ohio Northern University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of St. Francis. The MRSS holds two conferences each year: the Andrews Autumn Conference on Religion and Science in the fall and the Goshen Conference on Religion and Science in the spring.</p> <p> The next MRSS event is the Goshen Conference on Religion and Science, scheduled for March 9-11, 2018, which will feature Muzaffar Iqbal, founder-president of the Center for Islamic Sciences (Canada) and editor of Islamic Sciences, a journal of Islamic perspectives on science and civilization. For more information, visit the conference website, <a href=""></a>, or email the conference director, Carl Helrich, emeritus professor of physics at Goshen College, at <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:04:56 +0000 RMES Visitors' Day <p> All students who will be in the 1st through 8th grades next school year are invited to visit RMES on March 6! &nbsp;Make friends, meet teachers and have fun! &nbsp; Grades 1-6: &nbsp;8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Grades 7-8: &nbsp;8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. &nbsp; Parents, please call 269-471-3225 to register</p> <p> (A special Kindergarten Visitors Day is planned for April 4)</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:30:40 +0000 Senior Exit Test Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000 The Battle Plan for Prayer: Wednesday, Feb. 21 <p> Prayer is our armored tank, the major assault weapon God has given to his Church. When God's people engage in prayer they put God in full force in the world, and nothing will be impossible. Join the All Nations family every Wednesday as we continue to study &quot;The Battle Plan for Prayer&quot; in order to be propelled to Victory.</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:52:30 +0000 Pioneer Memorial Church Sabbath School <p> Join PMC for a wide variety of Bible study options for all ages.</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:50:09 +0000 Pioneer Memorial Church First Service <p> Join Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University for its 9 a.m. service where Pastor Dwight K. Nelson will be speaking. His message is entitled &quot;King of Hearts: Can You Feel the Love?&quot;</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:49:50 +0000