- Famous neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, receives the US Presidential Medal of Freedom,
- A newly opened sc
- hool in New Zealand wins several Master Builders awards,
- The director of the world church's new office of assessment and program effectiveness visits Australia, New Zealand and Fiji,
- Kids have rallied in South Australia whilst their parents learn how to pass on spirituality,
- A new pidgin language Bible will be launched in the Solomon's in July,
- Central Coast Adventist School students run 4000km and raise $4000 to help other kids in need.
Court Rejects Ministerial Exception Defense In Firing of Pregnant Teacher. The Religion Clause blog writes:
In Redhead v. Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49416 (ED NY, June 27, 2008), a New York federal district court, applying the 2nd Circuit's recent "ministerial exception" decision in Rweyemamu v. Cote, refused to grant defendant's motion for summary judgment in a Title VII pregnancy discrimination case. Plaintiff, an unmarried teacher at a Seventh-Day Adventist school, was fired after she became pregnant. The school claimed that she was dismissed because she violated its religious policy against fornication. Plaintiff, Jewel Redhead, argued that this was a pretext for pregnancy discrimination, and that the anti-fornication policy was not applied equally to men and women employees.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has a new director. He is Pastor Wenford Henry who will assume the position today. His election took place at the mid-year meeting of the executive committee of the West Indies Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, held last month at the Union headquarters in Mandeville, Jamaica.
Henry replaces Pastor Desmond Robinson who had been serving as ADRA Director since January 1, 2006.
"It is with humility that I accept this call to serve as director of ADRA in West Indies Union Conference," said Pastor Henry.
Henry was born in Ballard's River, Clarendon. He attended Northern Caribbean University (formerly West Indies College) from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology in 1987. In 2005, he graduated from the Inter-America Theological Seminary with a master's degree in pastoral theology.
ADRA-Jamaica is a part of one of the largest humanitarian organisations in the world, ADRA International, which is active in more than 125 countries.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/746