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Seventh Day Adventist Church

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 07.10.2014 | 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.

Freedom of Religion

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Jill S. Tietjen

Today, we are able to exercise our religious beliefs because of the courageous women and men who came before us. Let's learn about some of the women who strove for religious freedom.

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?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Should Remember the Greatest Commandment

Eliel Cruz | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

It's our duty as Christians to communicate that love to the queer community. If the queer community is telling you we're not getting that message -- something needs to be changed.

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.

A Year Without God: A Former Pastor's Journey Into Atheism

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. I will visit atheist gatherings and try it on.

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.

'Where Were You?' (VIDEO)

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

2013-12-03-Elielwherewereyoustillsmall.pngLast April I published a piece of my poetry, entitled "Where Were You?" I shared this spoken-word poem after attending a Seventh-day Adventist conference called "Gays in the Family" and walking away feeling more than ever that my church was talking at me instead of with me.

Share the Story

Eliel Cruz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

We are creating a platform for Seventh-day Adventist queer students to share their stories. We're not out to change anyone's theology. This is a campaign to put faces behind the conversations being had so carelessly in our churches, homes, and schools.

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?

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.

Where Were You?

Eliel Cruz | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

Where were you in my early teen years as I contemplated suicide for the very first time? After years of taunts and bullying in the name of the Lord, my psyche broke and I was left alone to the darkness of insanity.

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?

But The Greatest Of These Is Love

Eliel Cruz | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Executive Committee, at the Annual Council, changed their half-page stance on homosexuality. Naturally, there was a buzz in the "Seventh-Gay Adventist" world about this change.

I am a Seventh-Gay Adventist

Eliel Cruz | Posted 11.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

I am a young Seventh-day Adventist, bisexual male and I believe that it's time for Christianity to come out of the closet of close-mindedness. It's time to admit that "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" hasn't worked. Preaching fear and ignorance hasn't worked.

Teen Charged For Slaying School Principal, Says He Didn't Like Her

AP | By ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A 17-year-old student charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Christian school principal told investigators he had plan...

Principal Found Allegedly Stabbed To Death In Classroom, Student Held

AP | By ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A school principal described as very caring and attentive to her students was killed Wednesday in an apparent homicide at a private ...