Michigan Conference Responds to Story About Their Disinvitation of the LSU Choir

(system) #1

The following memo has been confirmed as an official communication from Jay Gallimore, president of the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

To: Michigan Conference pastors and teachers From: Jay Gallimore Subject: Michigan Conference position on La Sierra recruiting on our campuses.

We have been getting questions recently concerning the Michigan Conference refusal to allow La Sierra, which teaches theistic evolution, to be allowed to recruit on our academy campuses. A letter dated August 29, 2011, was sent to Dr. Randy Wisbey, president of La Sierra University stating; “Our Board of Education has voted to ask that La Sierra not be present in recruiting on our campuses until the issues of creation and evolution have been resolved.” We recently declined their offer to have their choir sing at one of our academies in light of the above action, because we see that as part of recruitment.

The principal of one of our academies called our office of Education around the first of March 2012 and said that his school had been asked by a La Sierra Choir to sing on their campus. He at first said yes, as he would normally for any of our colleges. But he had second thoughts in light of the above action. Normally our office would not be asked about one of our colleges coming. But the principal’s discernment was right to see a link to the recruitment issue. Educational administrators know that music groups are important to any school’s recruitment.

In light of the vote by our Board of Education, we responded by saying we see it as part of their recruitment and we would not want them performing on our campuses. The Office of Education’s understanding of the matter was straight forward. La Sierra offered to come and we, through the principal, declined their offer to come.

The published premise by an independent magazine that that we are somehow “punishing” their students because we declined their offer speaks for itself. How did they, the promoters of faith destroying evolution suddenly become a “victim” of those who are trying to protect the faith of their children? Is a mother bird to be condemned for flapping her wings in the face of a threat to her nest? We do not want our youth being recruited in any way by any institution that continues to defy the nearly unanimous vote in 2010 of nearly 2300 delegates in General Conference Session. That vote directed that all Seventh-day Adventist schools of higher learning to teach and support Creation as given in Genesis. The action was very clear. La Sierra’s continued action of teaching and supporting theistic evolution is also very clear. We offer no apologies for endeavoring to protect the faith of our youth.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/3904

(George Tichy) #2

This is an old story but it brings back many memories about a very interesting debate at that time. IMHO that was one of the most ridiculous actions taken by a Conference president, truly an abuse of power and a divisive attitude.

(Thomas J Zwemer) #3

I wonder if the are allowed to listen to the Mormon a Tabernacle Choir. Tom Z


I fully support the action of the Michigan conference. My daughter left the SDA church as a direct result of her rejection of all of the leftist dogma and propaganda that was being forced upon her in her classes. She is now a Baptist and a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene Univ. She is an elementary school teacher and refuses to even attend an SDA church any more no matter how much I urge her to try to make a difference in the SDA church. She claims that she never hears the gospel there and wants to be a true Protestant. When my son graduated from La Sierra I attended his graduation services. The service and the keynote speakers were all very left wing propagandists without a hint of Christian emphasis. Most of the posters on this blog would have loved it. (grin) I was shocked by it when I consider all the sacrifices that the parents of those graduates made to send their children to a “Christian” bible believing school supposed to uphold the fundamental beliefs of the Protestant and Christian faith.

(George Tichy) #5

I have a son and a daughter who graduated from La Sierra. I live in La Sierra, and I am a member of the LSU Church,
But I don’t know what you are talking about.
It must be about some other “Sierra,” not our La Sierra University!
Sorry, but what you are describing does not match what we see and experience around here.


Well, George, it’s just like is said in my post. Most of the people on this blog would have loved it and also loved the stuff that was being taught at La Sierra U. I guess that even the Michigan conference leaders don’t know what they are talking about either. eh? How does that old saying go? “None are as blind as those who refuse to see”.

(Ronald Coleman) #7

“That vote directed that all Seventh-day Adventist schools of higher learning to teach and support Creation as given in Genesis.”

Presumably this means to “teach and support Creation … as we interpret Genesis.” And therein lies the problem - hesitance or inability to accept that Genesis does not mandate one interpretation.