Annual Council: Tweeting The Meeting Live

(system) #1

Women's Ordination. Fundamental Belief #6 on Creation. Clarification on how Adventists define the Spirit of Prophecy. These topics and many more fill the 268 pages of the 2014 Annual Council. Now updates from the Annual Council come to readers in real time with Spectrum's Twitter coverage.

The Annual Council will be the final meeting of the full General Conference Executive Committee before the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, and all the hot-button issues facing the church will come before delegates. The meetings, held in the World Church Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland span six days, October 9-15.

Spectrum will be tweeting the meeting throughout the business sessions from the Twitter handle @spectrummag, using the hashtag #GCAC14. While not exhaustive, the tweets will provide up to the second coverage of the proceedings to supplement daily reports from Spectrum's news team on the floor of Annual Council.

Particularly on Tuesday, October 14, when delegates will spend the entire day discussing the women's ordination recommendation to take to San Antinio's General Conference meetings, the real-time updates will provide the quickest way to follow along.

During the first two days of meetings, live-tweeting focused on lectures by professor of public health at Harvard University, GC Dr. David Williams, GC associate Health Ministries director Dr. Fred Hardinge and GC Health Ministries director Dr. Peter Landless, whose presentations highlighted healthy-living data. The clear message from the three was that leadership in the Church should begin with healthy lifestyle choices. Also, vegetarianism of the lacto-ovo variety with an occasional fish or two corresponds with longevity and few health risks.

"Are we talking about such things at these holy meetings?" Dr. Peter Landless asks rhetorically. #Colonoscopy #RectalExam #PapSmear #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 9, 2014

Vegans ("Total Vegetarians") have lowest "bad" cholesterol levels. Pesco-vegetarians have lowest total mortality rates. #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 9, 2014

Move from revival and reformation to transformational living and wholeness, says Landless. #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 9, 2014

The Spectrum twitterfeed has also told stories of some of the participants in the meeting that cannot be found in other media outlets. Specifically, our coverage will focus this week on women at these meetings.

Women attendees/mothers at #GCAC14: Adria Asamoah-Addo, Ghana Union Conference; Marlene Baluch, S. American Division

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 10, 2014

West Central Africa Division delegates with custom 100th anniversary clothing sporting the #Adventist logo. #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 10, 2014

Friday morning, we tweeted snippets of Elder Mark Finley's presentation comparing the conflicts in the early Christian Church as recorded in Acts with the current debate over women's ordination, which will come to the floor on Tuesday.

Mark Finley - when you've studied an issue for 40 years, further discussion and debate only furthers division. #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 10, 2014

Confidence Church has in leadership body allows Church to move on to mission after contentious decision. -Elder Mark Finley #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 10, 2014

Acts 6: A Satan-generated conflict point over distribution of food to widows. Finley is calling endless debate, disunity satanic. #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 10, 2014

This is fundamental, Mark Finley says of these two points. #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 10, 2014

Live tweets continue Sabbath morning with a sermon by General Conference president Ted Wilson on a special day of prayer on the ebloa crisis.

The @adventistchurch invites Church to pray for West Africa #EbolaCrisis. We spoke with @ADRAIntl, who are very busy providing aid. #GCAC14

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) October 10, 2014

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

(Carolyn Parsons) #2

The personal and institutional hubris in Pastor Wilson’s sermon is astounding. The personal tragedies that his family faced are like they are for any family, sad, earth shattering or even faith shattering. But SDA theology teaches that no single person is more important to the message than any other. The fact that he would see these tragedies as an attack on he church flies in the face of the writings of Ellen White who wrote that those who serve the church do so with humility. Interpreting the Ebola epidemic as an attack on the SDA church is institutional hubris. All those people dying in an attempt to discourage Adventists is an appalling suggestion. It diminishes the suffering of others while capitalizing their suffering to inflate the importance of the SDA church.

(George Tichy) #3

There may be some big, unexpected surprise on Tuesday. Stay tuned!!!

(Bille) #4

Thank you for your comment. “Hubris”… such an appropriate word for the general tenor as well as the many specific declarations that he made!

(Bille) #5

I’m wondering if you have a schedule as to when you will be doing live “tweeting”. Or even better, is there any chance of doing interactive live reporting here on “conversation” so the comments could be a bit more lengthy and there would be a chance for others who may be also watching to enter into discussion in real time… or at any time afterwards?

Thank you much to all who are engaged in reporting this session!

(Steve Mga) #6

“Pesco [fish]-vegetarians have lowest mortality rate.”-- Drs Williams, Hardinge, Landess.

Are we going to recommend “Fish on Friday” and join with Catholics?

(Tim Teichman) #7

Please post a link to the document!

(Tim Teichman) #8

I hope so. That’s a really good idea.

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #9


No new Tweet in the last 7 hrs. No afternoon meeting?

Would you please post the meetings schedule or a link to it?


(Elaine Nelson) #10

How about Chutzpa! Which is stronger?