iOS app Android app

Seventh Day Adventist

'Ida' and False Controversy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."

Abercrombie & Fitch, The Supreme Court and You

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The Seventh-day Adventist church and those diverse organizations who joined our amicus brief hope and pray that the Supreme Court strikes down the Tenth Circuit Court's unreasonable ruling that the burden is on a job applicant to ask for a religious exemption for rules he or she doesn't even know exist.

Religious Freedom 2014: The Year in Review

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

Unfortunately, however, those of us who spend our professional lives monitoring religious freedom developments -- and fighting to protect those freedoms -- see the other side of the coin.

Seventh-Day Adventists To Vote On Women's Ordination In 2015

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion

SILVER SPRING, Md. (RNS) Seventh-day Adventists opted for a middle-way approach on the divisive issue of women’s ordination on Tuesday (Oct. 14), ki...

Why We Must Resist the Impulse of "On to the Next Thing"

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The reality is that the world is a big place and evil lurks in many corners. It's hard to find the emotional bandwidth to care about each and every new report concerning religious persecution in one foreign nation or another.

Members Of This Religion Live 10 Years Longer Than Most Americans

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion

Statistics have shown that religion makes people happier, but it turns out it can help you live longer, too. In an attempt to "reverse engineer lon...

While Americans Debate Impact of Hobby Lobby Ruling, Religious Persecution Mounts Worldwide

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

While we here in America continue the Hobby Lobby debate, there are religious freedom matters with serious life and death consequences elsewhere in the world right now, today, which also deserve your attention.

Dr. Ben Carson Was My Hero

Eliel Cruz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Dr. Ben Carson, I'm a bisexual Seventh-day Adventist, and I currently attend the Seventh-day Adventist Church flagship institution, Andrews University. I want you to know that LGBT people are human. We are not a theoretical subject you can wish away.

It's Time for the Senate to Support the Religious Freedom Envoy to Middle East, Central Asia

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It seemed like a simple, symbolic piece of legislation that elected officials of all political affiliations could quickly agree on, right? After all, who could be opposed to a special envoy dedicated to protecting the rights of religious minorities in some of the most troubled regions of the world?

Why Uganda Should Consider the Greatest Commandment

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It is the responsibility of all of us who believe in the biblical admonition that we are our brother's keeper to speak up and speak out strongly when we see human rights being violated.

Seventh-day Adventist Anti-Gay Summit Held in Africa This Month

Eliel Cruz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

In order to have a fair, balanced, and academic dialogue, more than one view must be present. We all step into more growth, more love, and more humility when we listen to the diversity of voices that make up the family of God.

Bringing It Back to the One

Eliel Cruz | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

We've become afraid of having questions and asking questions. We've become afraid of doubt and, in its essence; we've become afraid of Present Truth.

Seventh-day Adventist Youth Conference Presenter Calls LGBT People Demon-Possessed

Eliel Cruz | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

There is absolutely no excuse for this sort of statement. It's wrong. It's damaging. And it promotes the incredibly harmful attitudes that result in physical and spiritual violence.

Worrying Trends in the World of Religious Liberty

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

The new report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project highlights a number of troubling trends that should concern anyone -- whether private citizen or public official.

Our Brother's Keeper

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

When one established right is weakened or worse, it's that much easier to erode additional rights. That is why cases like EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch -- despite the fact that no members of our own faith are involved -- motivate the Adventist Church to action.

Who Would God Discriminate Against?

Rachel Laser | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Rachel Laser

Many faith groups feel comfortable supporting ENDA because it has a broad religious exemption. Specifically, ENDA has a religious exemption that is wider in scope than that of Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is thought to be one of the broadest religious exemptions in federal law.

Christian Campuses on the Front Lines of Gay Debates

Eliel Cruz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

Although Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education do not suspend or expel LGBT students like some religiously affiliated institutions do, there is still little to no official support for this community. Why is that?

When a Redneck Loved a Queer

Eliel Cruz | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

In the courtroom in Collegedale, Tenn., our audience was sorry for things that they had never even done to me personally; they understood. They were sorry for a culture that has perpetuated homophobia, and in that moment nothing from the past mattered, and all was now forgiven.

Tolerance Just Is Not Good Enough

Eliel Cruz | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

I cannot be reduced to a perverse act. My sexual orientation is a part of my identity but it is not my entire identity. You are not allowed to fantasize about the sex life, or lack thereof, that I engage in. Stop talking about me like a theory and talk to me as I am: I am Eliel.

David Lohr

American Doctor Missing In Kiev

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.29.2013 | Crime

Authorities in Ukraine are trying to locate an American doctor who disappeared under mysterious circumstances two weeks ago Tuesday. Jay Sloop, a 7...

'Gays In The Family': An Inside Look At A Seventh-Day Adventist Presentation On Homosexuality (VIDEO)

Eliel Cruz | Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

All the "ex-gay" speakers had traumatic childhood experiences to which they attribute the cause of their "same-sex attractions," most of them having been sexually abused. Lives of drug use, prostitution and promiscuity were presented as the norm for LGBT people.

Progressive Love

Eliel Cruz | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Last week, a friend, ally and pastor, Ryan Bell, was let go from the Hollywood Adventist Church. One of the core reasons was because of his radical approach to LGBT members.

Why I'm Still A Seventh-day Adventist

Eliel Cruz | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Even now, as my blog posts create waves in the Adventist church and I'm faced with losing relationships, my personal life completely torn apart by the general public, and even legal threats, I remain Adventist. We may disagree on what the Bible says about sexuality, but I still love them.

Church Is A Battlefield

Eliel Cruz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

I cannot walk through most of our churches without having to duck at the stones that are thrown in the form of whispers, verses and stares. If looks could kill, I'd be dead.

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever –- And Why It Matters

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

We are reminded again about America's wonderfully unique status as a melting pot. As a place where one's religious faith should never be an impediment to achievement. Yet the question remains: How will these (and other) non-mainstream voices be treated in the upcoming Congress?