‘More local structure grows membership’; first self-sustaining union in Nigeria May 15, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States Ansel Oliver/ANN The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s West-Central Africa Division this year will create four new union administrative units, an action that underscores membership growth in the region and a need for more strategic planning in local fields. The move, which will go into affect December 31, includes new unions in Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, and will split the Sahel Union Mission into two territories, which church leaders said would save on the high cost of travel in the region. New administrative units in the Adventist Church’s West-Central Africa Division. Church leaders say the changes recognize growing membership in Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and the church’s Sahel Union Mission.
Pending expected decision on theology of ordination at next General Conference session May 14, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States ANN staff Seventh-day Adventist church officials in Denmark voted this week to halt the ordination of all new ministers until the General Conference Session in July 2015. Going forward, the church’s Danish Union “will not distinguish between genders when appointing pastors, and wishes to see equality between genders in all areas of responsibility,” a statement voted at the union’s May 12 session said. Delegates to the Adventist Church’s Danish Union vote on May 12 to halt all ministerial ordination until 2015, when the General Conference Session could take action on the findings of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee.
U.S. commission tracks key offenders; some optimism over new ‘watch list’ countries May 13, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States Elizabeth Lechleitner/ANN This year’s report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has Seventh-day Adventist human rights experts concerned over growing state-sponsored or condoned intolerance toward minority faith groups worldwide.
In Bangladesh, an Adventist boy is still missing after a building collapsed and killed more than 1,000 people. Adventist News Network reports Bitu Baroi had been working at one of the garment factories inside the building when it collapsed on April 24. The eight-story building housed five garment factories that employed thousands of workers, according to the Associated Press.
Biomass power plants in Chengdu to generate electricity May 7, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States APD/ANN staff The humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is moving forward with plans to construct biomass power plants in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwest China. A source of renewable energy, biomass power plants convert organic waste into biogas and electricity. Adventist humanitarians in China are studying the feasibility of building biomass power plants in Chengdu, where a growing waste problem has local officials scrambling for answers