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Religion

As the managing editor of Spectrum, a non-profit religious news journal founded in 1968, I reported live on location for news stories in various parts of the world, including Jordan, Iceland, Brazil, and extensively within North America. Below is a curated selection from the hundreds of articles I wrote during my tenure.

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Shortly after the New Jersey Conference shared its women’s convention announcement to Facebook, the backlash began. “It’s Better If they Say it” declared the convention poster, the bright pink and blue floral background in stark contrast to the neutral tones of the suits worn by the all-male lineup of speakers pictured.

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The Annual Council of the General Conference Executive Committee began on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. As always, #GCAC20 opened with the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Conference.

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On Sunday, June 21, 2020, The Tennessean, a Nashville-based newspaper that’s part of the USA Today Network (owned by Gannett Corporation), ran a full-page ad claiming that “Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville, Tennessee.”

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The North American Division Year-end Meetings wrapped up on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, with two dozen or so reports shared with the delegates.

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The Monday morning business session of the North American Division Year-end Meetings began with an explanation from General Counsel Karnik Doukmetzian on how a new NAD president will be chosen.

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The start of Daylight Savings Time here in the United States meant the delegates to the 2019 North American Division Year-end Meetings got an extra hour of sleep before a full day of business on Sunday, November 3.

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The North American Division Year-end Meetings (NADYEM19) kicked off on Thursday afternoon, October 31, and run through Tuesday, November 5.

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On Sabbath, November 2, 2019, North American Division President Daniel R. Jackson preached his last year-end meeting sermon as president. He announced on Friday that he will be retiring in June or July 2020.

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Investigative Report

When April Williams accepted the position of Assistant Dean of Halcyon Hall in January 2018, little did she know she was stepping into a nightmare. The challenges that exist for many aging buildings on college campuses were evident in Halcyon, the women’s residence hall of Washington Adventist University, but they were about to get much, much worse.

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Investigative Report

In February 2018, Southern Adventist University announced the immediate creation of a Vice President of Diversity position. However, due to budget constraints, President David Smith says the fulfillment of that position is now on hold.

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Each year, the children of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan raise money for well-known charities like Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and St. Jude’s Hospital. This year, the kids had something closer to home in mind.

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The Rwandan-American Community of the Midwest and the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation hosted a Symposium on Genocide at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana on April 26 and 27, 2019.

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This year’s commemoration marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda when an estimated 1 million people were killed over a 100-day period from April to July 1994.

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Session II of the Symposium on Genocide at the University of Notre Dame examined "Rape as a Tool of Genocide" and featured three speakers: Christine Venter, Consolee Nishimwe, and Catherine Borshuk.

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The first session of the Symposium on Genocide at the University of Notre Dame was "Genocide Awareness and Prevention." Jean-Marie Kamatali, professor at Ohio Northern University Law School, addressed the ways colonialism incited conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi over the decades leading up to the genocide.

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On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees issued two statements: one regarding their intent to purchase property owned by Washington Adventist Hospital, and the second regarding their investigation into the plagiarism accusation against President Weymouth Spence.

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On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees issued two statements: one regarding their intent to purchase property owned by Washington Adventist Hospital, and the second regarding their investigation into the plagiarism accusation against President Weymouth Spence.

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At the Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference on February 28, 2019, the importance of Adventist education and crisis management topped the list of discussion items as over 500 attendees gathered for the last day of meetings in Sweimeh, Jordan.

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At the Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference on February 28, 2019, the importance of Adventist education and crisis management topped the list of discussion items as over 500 attendees gathered for the last day of meetings in Sweimeh, Jordan.

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On Day 2 of the Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) Conference, approximately 500 attendees learned about several Adventist organizations around the world that are fulfilling mission in a variety of ways.

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The Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) officially kicked off on Monday, February 25, 2019, in Jordan with approximately 500 Adventist communicators here to learn best practices for using technology, media, and the internet to spread the mission of the Church.

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While many global GAiN attendees were still making their way to Jordan for an official start on Monday, the European Divisions were off and running on Friday, February 22, 2019, unveiling an inspirational cross-media project celebrating fatherhood to approximately 150 attendees.

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On October 13, 2018, General Conference President Ted Wilson spoke out against several issues. While he spoke, the individual(s) running his official Twitter account tweeted out various sermon quotes. Screenshots of his tweets quickly began circulating on other social media platforms, and conversation ensued, especially concerning his comments about social issues and worship styles.

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On November 20, 2018, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists released a video titled “Unity #GCAC18.” The five-and-a-half minute video, created in the aftermath of Annual Council 2018 (#GCAC18), features several lay members appealing to others to “trust the decisions of the General Conference in session” and “support the decisions that we as a church family made.”