1. Ukrainian SDA pastor Sergei Litovchenko was abducted by armed men during a communion service last Sabbath, forced to lock his Horlivka church, and driven away in a car. His whereabouts are unknown. The church is in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, and the gunmen said “this is Orthodox land; there is no room for various sects here,” according to ANN.
2. The Magar Adventist Church in northern Nigeria was burned down by the terrorist group Boko Haram on Sabbath, August 23. The congregation’s 67 members fled the area before the fire started.
3. "World Religions: An Occupational Approach," the first massive open online course (MOOC) created by a historically black college or university, is being offered through Oakwood University. Keith Augustus Burton, director of the university’s Center of Adventist-Muslim Relations (and a Spectrum columnist), will teach the course — available for free to anyone worldwide — through the MOOC platform Canvas Network.
Image: Ukrainian SDA pastor Sergei Litovchenko. Photo from ANN.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6289