Adventists In The News: Eliel Cruz Joins Religion News Service as LGBT Blogger

(system) #1

This is our weekly roundup of Seventh-day Adventists in the news.

Andrews University student and co-founder of the Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition, has been hired to write for the Religion News Service. His RNS blog, "Faithfully LGBT," will provide commentary on LGBT topics two to three times a week. He plans to highlight the "diversity of the LGBT community in faith traditions, racial and gender identities, and experiences." Cruz has written pieces that have been published in Spectrum. His position is part of a new RNS initiative funded by the Arcus Foundation to cover the religious experiences of LGBT people of color. Read the RNS Press Release: "Meet Eliel Cruz, RNS’s new LGBT blogger."

Adventist Midwest Health and Alexian Brothers Health System, a Catholic health care organization, have agreed to form a partnership with their nine total hospitals. This is not a merger but an integrated health care system. This partnership, which has yet to be approved by regulators, should be completed in January 2015. Read more here.

The formal inauguration service for Ken Shaw, PhD, the new president for Southwestern Adventist University, will be Friday at the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church. Shaw will address his community and be presented with a new presidential medallion. Shaw, the university's 25th president, follows Eric Anderson, PhD, who retired in June after leading the school for nine years. Read the full story.

Members of the Berea Seventh-day Adventist church in the Cayman Islands have begun repairs on Ellamae Powery’s home. They discovered that her house had shattered windows and a hole in the roof. The members view her as a sister who needs immediate help. She feels loved and says, " 'I feel like I am in the presence of the Lord.'" Find out more about this story.

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(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #2

I think this kind of thing is marvelous, but can’t help a bit of cognitive dissonance mixed in. We’re doing what w/ Catholics?! Amazing what those healthcare dollars do to historic beliefs. I wonder if any of the Catholics that choose to partner w/ us have read the Great Controversy, & what they’re told if they bring it up…

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #3

Kudos to Eliel Cruz!

(le vieux) #4

I heard about this yesterday. What an embarrassment for the SDA Church. :frowning:

(Eliel Cruz) #5

I know right. So embarrassing.


Whats next, the schools, the publishing houses?

But Romanism as a system is no more in harmony with the gospel of Christ now than at any former period in her history. The Protestant churches are in great darkness, or they would discern the signs of the times. The Roman Church is far-reaching in her plans and modes of operation. She is employing every device to extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world, to re-establish persecution, and to undo all that Protestantism has done. Catholicism is gaining ground upon every side. GC 566,67

Jesus never would have given us (His) this testimony, if it where not important.

And, sadly, some will say this is hating Catholics, bashing on Catholic people, when in reality everybody knows that this is referring to a system and not the average Catholic person.

(Peter) #8

Andre, does every Adventist who “speaks” publicly speak for the Adventist Church? I don’t think so. You may have no idea just how understanding and support for LGBT people is spreading in Adventism - whether you like that or not. At the same time, hundreds of LGBT Adventists have given up on the church, like a lot of other younger Adventists who are tired of the judgemntalism and emphasis on what they consider relatively minor issues. And are you aware that major Evangelicals are now changing their thinking and speaking out for LGBT people?

(George Tichy) #9

I bet they got only the “abridged version”* so that they will not be offended.
Keep the offending procedure for later on…

*The version that EGW did NOT write, but that is the result of “cooking the boox”… (The Great Hope)

(Andy Hansen) #10

I am not sure that our church should do something, simply because other churches are.

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #11

Eliel Cruz’ new job isn’t as an Adventist.

(Steve Mga) #12

We are ALL OK with Dr. Ben Carson.
We are not OK with Eliel.
Both are SDAs
Is Dr Ben speaking for Adventists when he does a newsy activity?

(Steve Mga) #13

Sometimes a co-joining like this assists with purchasing power. And has some other advantages not named in the article. Sometimes easier access to specialists.


Your always inspiring me, George!

(Kim Green) #15

So sorry that you feel this is an embarrassment for the SDA Church…interesting what is, and what is not, deemed “embarrassing”.

(Kim Green) #16

Steve, most Adventists have been raised with the idea that we represent Adventism in all that we do. Dr. Ben will be accepted until he does enough things which alienate him from mainstream Adventism…which might come sooner or later.

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #17

This was meant to respond to Eliel: Those of us on the margins of this debate are very proud of you (I’m old enough to be a grandparent, probably). My advice, though, is to hold the irony: this constituency is not able to process irony—religiosity prohibits the development of humor of any kind (see my essay here years ago on why SDAs are not funny . . . ).

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #18

These days, senior leadership in the Catholic church is a few steps ahed of many Protestant denominations as far as tolerance, acceptance and care-giving are concerned. They deliver care; we deliver correction. Let’s not forget that they were the ones who gave us the notion of “caritas.” We could learn from them and should probably spend less time in bed with the LDS crew.

(Winona Winkler Wendth) #19

Why is this embarrassing? He’s not working as an Adventist any more than Ben Carson is hawking selfishness as an Adventist.

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #20

Catholics also were the ones who gave us the description of mission in healthcare as continuing the healing ministry of Jesus. They understood & expressed it that way long before we did.

(Steve Mga) #21

Since Eliel will be writing for the RNS, perhaps we will see him from time to time in Christianity Today and in Christian Century.