Hackney Youth Day hosts 'On Purpose'themed celebration.
Hackney Youth Day hosts 'On Purpose'themed celebration.
According to a UN report released on May 6,
one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction.
Moreover, four decades after the first Earth Day in 1970, the global population
has doubled. We’re emitting 2.4 times more CO2, causing sea levels
to rise, and over 170 animal species have been declared extinct.
Only a “transformative change” in how we engage with nature will stall these
the 2019 Earth Day Summit, an initiative realized by Mansfield Edwards,
president of Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 2017,
Edwards envisioned an Earth Day event that would offer practical ways to combat
these devastating trends and speak to the nearly 50 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds
who believe the church is anti-science.[i]
There, leading scientists and theologians would share evidence for the biblical
Creation account while emphasizing our responsibility to care for the earth that
was created for us.
years later, at Ontario Conference’s inaugural Earth Day event, held April 21,
2019, in Mississauga, thousands of guests had the opportunity to interact with
nearly 50 colourful booths on topics as varied as the incredible immune system,
the marvel of the brain, the intelligently designed smile, pollution on campus,
the creative complexity of the human body, the theology of recycling, gardening,
and more. Themed “His Creation, Ours to Care For,” the event gathered a broad
spectrum of visitors of all ages, religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and walks
opening ceremony set the tone for the entire day by reconciling science with
theology, with Daniel Lazich, retired aerospace engineer for the U.S. military,
sharing proof of intelligent design in quantum mechanics, and Tim Standish,
Geoscience Research Institute scientist, expanding on the stewardship
implications of Creation. “For God, no creature is without significance. The
Bible consistently directs believers to behaviours that preserve the
environment and allow all creation to thrive.”
they visited booths focused on intelligent design or on environmental
stewardship, visitors were greatly impacted by this innovative event. Church
member Oraine Swaby expressed, “I’ve always enjoyed the sciences, [but it was
wonderful] to see so much here about the connection between science and the
Bible and our faith and what that means for conservation and for the
topics were presented in a clear, understandable way for all ages, including
one young boy, who said, “It’s just amazing because you learn about science,
technology, space, food and other things. I learned a lot. It impacted me a
lot. It made me think differently about the world.” Beyond sparking thought,
the event featured a commitment wall where attendees could pledge to make
changes to care for the earth based on what they’d learned.
its successes, the Earth Day Summit was also a model of partnership with the
community, including presentations by the City of Markham, teaching
participants how to weave a mat from plastic bags, and Wilson Niblett Motors of
Richmond Hill, Ont., displaying the Chevy Volt electric car. Jacqueline Tung,
City of Markham representative, later shared that the city had connected with a
local church to start up a milk bag program for their Vacation Bible School
the end, the summit successfully positioned the Adventist Church as being
relevant in the 21st century. Marcos Paseggi, Senior News
Correspondent with Adventist Review, stated,
“We’re moving from just apologetics, reacting to what science and the newspaper
say, and being more proactive. We have a message to share and we are doing it.
This is great.”
In the closing ceremony, Edwards assured visitors, to much applause and cheering, “We have made inroads into re-establishing and affirming God as Creator, and so therefore, . . . this evening, I have the privilege of declaring that this inaugural will become an annual, to the glory of God and to His name.”
–-Christelle Agboka, Ontario Conference
Matt McGrath, “Nature Loss: Report to Show Scale of ‘Silent Crisis,’ BBC News,
May 6, 2019, https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48160456
American Museum of Natural History, “Earth Day 1970–2019: No Time to Waste,”
April 2019, https://www.amnh.org/explore/videos/data-visualizations/earth-day-2019-food-waste-climate-change
4 Clint Jenkin, A. Allan Martin, “Engaging Adventist
Millennials: A church that embraces relationships,” Ministry Magazine, May 2014
On April 11, 2019, Canadian Adventist Messenger
proudly received two awards from the Associated Church Press (ACP) 2018 Best of
the Church Press Awards in Chicago, Ill., highlighting accomplishments of 2018!
The “Award of Excellence” was given for the September 2018 issue cover story
entitled “My Starbucks Squad: A Love Story”in the category of Devotional/Inspirational: Long Format Media. To add to
the excitement, the Messenger also received
Honorable Mention for the Mamawi Atosketan Native School in the category of
Department: Print Publications.
In their comments for the
Award of Excellence, the judges remarked, “The writing sparkles. . . . It
strengthens his significant argument for a change in heart among the
readership. The challenge is clear and compelling.”
Messenger would like to warmly thank writers Josue
Sanchez, Lynn McDowell, and Andrew McChesney for their dedicated and
inspirational contributions to the magazine.
The ACP Best of the Church Press Awards is an annual event that seeks to commemorate the best work published by communicators of faith in the previous year. Thousands of entries are received in 100 categories from ACP members and non-members. The Messenger is a long-time member of the ACP and enters the Best of the Church Press competition every year, in various categories, and is honoured to be recognized by such an organization.
—Megan Mootoo, Canadian Adventist Messenger
Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson prayed and shared biblical advice with a powerful Pakistani leader even as he encouraged church members to shine as a light in Pakistan.
Wilson, making his first visit to Pakistan, and an accompanying delegation were warmly welcomed by the leader of Pakistan’s Sindh province to his ornate Chief Minister House in Karachi, the country’s largest city and commercial hub, on June 9.
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