- A sixteen year old goes on her thirteenth drug free walk to demonstrate you can have a happy life without drugs;
- Volunteers learn how to cope going home after their service to others has finished;
- Study to be done comparing Queenslanders longevity to those of Loma Linda, California who are the longest living on the planet,
- Thousands of Facebook fans have joined a group reading the Great Controversy.
The Jamaican government affirms its support of religious liberty surrounding Sabbath work issues:
Labour Minister Pearnel Charles, "warned employers that their Christian employees had a divine supervisor - God Almighty - so they should not attempt to sabotage them.
"I say to the employer, don't undermine the conscience of the Christian man or woman because he has two supervisors and he works hard.
President of West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Glen Samuels welcomed government's stance.
"Persons should never be fired because of their religious conviction. If the person is dishonest, fine, if they are sculling their work, fine, but I will argue for the man whether he keeps his Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday he should be allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience and his job should never be penalised, he said.
Adventist News Networks notes -
The Adventist Innovation conference:
Raj Attiken wants ideas. The more unconventional, the better.
The Seventh-day Adventist leader in Ohio is calling for a "culture of innovation" within the church that encourages and applauds relevant and effective ways to worship and do outreach. Attiken worries that when members become "so self-absorbed in preserving tradition and protecting truth," they can easily "slip further and further into inaction and irrelevancy."
ADRA is helping in Georgia, as almost 200,000 people have been left homeless after the battle in South Ossetia.
ADRA is distributing survival kits for at least 2,400 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in temporary shelters in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. The kits include mattresses, heating stoves and fuel, bed linens, wool blankets, fire extinguishers, and cooking and eating utensils. The project began October 1 and will last for three-months. The project is valued at $388,000, with funding provided by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
The Adventist World carries a story by Loren Seibold about his church's mission to the families of prostitutes in Kolkata’s red-light district.
Seventh-day Adventists celebrate 100 years in St. Lucia. They are the second largest religion on the island - with over 20, 000 followers.
And finally, here's an interesting article from the Contra Costa Times about how the Loma Linda City Council makes decision about the medical center since four of the five have connections to the university and thus have a conflict of interest:
City Attorney Richard Holdaway always comes prepared.
Besides his set of legal documents, Holdaway is armed with small plastic tubes that have become an increasingly important part of the democratic process here.
Whenever the City Council talks about an issue involving Loma Linda University Medical Center, Holdaway passes out straws to determine who gets to participate in the discussion.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/1046