Spectrum Will Expand Health Care, Education Coverage in 2015

Big things happened in 2014 for Spectrum. We saw significant growth in readership, we saw many of our news stories and features go viral on social media and we expanded our team by one full-time editor and two interns. In October, we provided moment-by-moment coverage and daily reports at Annual Council, where delegates set the course for the Seventh-day Adventist denomination's next steps on women's ordination, which will come up for a vote at the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. I'll say more about our plans for expansion in 2015 involving ordination and the GC Session in a subsequent post. Here, I'd like to note two other areas of expansion for 2015: coverage of Health Care and of Higher Education.

Since the Great Disappointment in 1844, when it became evident that the "Little Flock" might be earthbound a while longer than previously thought, Seventh-day Adventists have built up world-class education and health care systems that span the globe.

Health Care has recently exploded in significance, both nationally in the United States and globally. In the U.S., health care policy has stormed to the fore with heated, ongoing debating over how care will be paid for and with often divisive deadlock over The Affordable Care Act. Globally, the West African Ebola crisis has impacted individuals and governments around the world, as one recent example of transnational health related events. Adventists have been present in both cases, though headlines have not always followed the action. We aim to change that fact by expanding our coverage of Health Care and Humanitarian Aid work in 2015. Chuck Scriven's interview (Richard Rawson Discusses Innovation and Whole-Person Healthcare) with Loma Linda University Health's Murrieta campus CEO, Richard Rawson, opened a substantive conversation on how Adventists do Healthcare; a presentation by two Adventist physicians serving in Monrovia, Liberia at the height of the Ebola outbreak provided a broader focus on global health initiatives.

Higher education continues to dominate headlines these days, too--many of the stories having to do with the steadily rising cost of college tuition and the growing burden of student debt. Adventist education in general, and higher education in particular provides compelling stories on a regular basis. Whether stories about how Adventist students have embraced new social media apps, or student responses to the removal of controversial video footage from college campus servers; when a struggling Adventist college tries to start over with a new president, or the president of an Adventist university swats down sinister accusations, Spectrum has told the stories.

If you appreciate stories about the intersections of the Adventist faith community and health care at the local and global levels, and if you enjoy coverage of education with an eye on Adventist Higher Ed, consider helping us expand our coverage of these topics.

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6457

Since we are only looking at 2 issues at this time, Higher Education and Health Care, I will make a comment to both.

  1. Higher Education. In very recent times this year there has been a huge push to contract the ability to learn and investigate on our college campuses.
    In the book Education, Ellen says students are to be taught to be THINKERS and not mere REFLECTORS of other men’s thoughts. In order to be a THINKER one has to have a certain body of knowledge to consider before one can make thoughtful decisions as to what one believes.
    There is a huge battle by Church Administrators to prevent thinking and to force students at SDA institutions of learning [grade school, high school, college, graduate school] to just be REFLECTORS of other men’s thoughts. To be fearful of investigating relating to looking at familiar things from a different angle and seeing different view[s], being made fearful because old ways are now called by new Words.

2.Health Care. We as SDAs have been in the health care business since 1866 with the original Battle Creek Sanitarium, not much bigger than a large house with a bunch of bedrooms and a kitchen and bath. In today’s world view we only see our Health Care Institutions, be they huge like Loma Linda, Florida Hospital System, or small like some clinic in poorly developed countries that use tents and lean toos with floor mats for hospital beds. But in either case, we see an Institution as the only way to provide care.
Each Local Church should be a Health Care Facility. And we as SDAs are not vigorously promoting this concept of SDA Health Care. Each Local Church should be providing Out Patient Care to its community.
This can be done by simple health parameters testing. Health Instruction. Allowing for AA or NA on campus. Promotion of a Long Enjoyable Lifestyle.

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I believe denominational leaders are pressuring its colleges and universities to channel students reading and thinking. I also believe that for the most the colleges and universities are resisting such closure. my Academy Principal as well as my father taught me well in reading widely and to expand the critical aspects of a mind and heart set free,By the Gospel of Grace. Tom Z

with government Sponsored payment for Health care, greed has infiltrated the industry at all levels except the solo practicing primary care professional. SDA units are not an exception, particularly at the highest levels. if Spectrum expects to have a voice, it should published salaries and perks. Tom Z

Thanks for the suggestions, Tom. And, of course, with the backing of our reading community, we’ll have a greater capacity to do the kind of investigative reporting that you’re calling for!

Many thanks! :smiley:

I’d be curious to see how the students themselves feel about their education at Adventist universities. Do they find the rules acceptable or stifling and legalistic? Are they more likely to remain in the SDA church if they go to Adventist universities? Do Adventist universities adequately prepare students for the job market?