October 23, 2006

Adventist News

North American President Hosts New TV Series

capReally Living, a new 60-minute program hosted by Don Schneider, president of the North American Division (NAD), premiered on Hope Channel on September 8. The program is broadcast not only throughout the United States but also Canada and Bermuda.

“[We want] to share with viewers that anyone can experience a state of really living, which is to know Jesus and living for Him,” Schneider says.

“Hope Channel is grateful to have Pastor Schneider host a program that will significantly bless the lives of people today,” said the network’s president, Brad Thorp. “This new TV show will encourage viewers to discover a God of hope who can fill us with joy and peace even in a world torn by war and strife.”

HOSTED BY THE PRESIDENT: NAD president Don Schneider (right) talks with Tim Standish from the Geoscience Institute on Hope Channel’s new program Really Living. [Hope TV/Photo]

The first episode of Really Living featured an interview with a father who confronted his view of God following the death of his own son. Upcoming interviews will include a couple sharing their passion for mission and building churches around the world, and a dentist and his wife who have discovered that planting a church in their local community brings a harvest they never imagined.

“In connecting with all these guests from different walks of life, I’ve seen the power of God working in many miraculous ways,” says Kevin Emmerson, producer of the program. “I think seeing God work like this in the lives of others is always inspiring and encouraging, and that’s the goal with Really Living. We hope to encourage and inspire viewers to have a closer relationship with Christ. Based on responses we’ve received, I think God is already using Really Living to accomplish that goal.”

Established in 2003, Hope Channel broadcasts to every continent via satellite and is also distributed by television stations, cable, internet, and direct-to-home satellite TV.

For program schedules and more information about Hope Channel’s ministry, go to 

—Hope Channel/AR.


Andrews University and Walla Walla College
Receive National Science Foundation Grants
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a research grant totaling $300,000 to Andrews University (AU) in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and Walla Walla College (WWC) in College Place, Washington, in collaboration with the University of Arizona. The grant will fund a study involving the prediction of animal behavior, specifically that of Glaucous-winged Gulls, on Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge in Washington State. The project is led by two AU professors: James Hayward, professor of biology, and Shandelle Henson, professor of mathematics; along with Joseph Galusha, professor of biology at WWC, and Jim Cushing from the University of Arizona.

LEARNING ABOUT GULLS: Glaucous-winged Gulls loafing at the edge of the colony on Protection Island, Washington [AU/Photo]

“[The grant] enables us to buy computers and supplies for the research and to hire lots of students,” Henson comments. “The research experience for both undergraduates and master’s students is wonderful. The grant also gives Andrews a chance to collaborate with other universities.”

WWC will use the grant funds to support ecological research of this species in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, including the research efforts of two WWC science undergraduates and one biology graduate student during each of the next three years.

“We are very excited about the interdisciplinary nature of this grant and will use it to teach another generation of quantitative biologists about the application of differential equations to a new form of biological analysis,” Galusha says.
An understanding of the group dynamics of animals can help prevent some of the conflicts that arise between animal movements and humans, such as collisions between birds and aircraft. It can also be useful in

—AU Media Relations/WWC Media Relations/AR.

learning about the patterns of animals that may be carriers of diseases such as bird flu. 

COLORADO: Church Leaders Talk Faith and Science
Nearly 40 Adventist Church administrators and scholars recently met in Denver, Colorado, to discuss the relationship between science and religion. Hosted by the Geoscience Research Institute (GRI) and led by Benjamin Clausen, GRI senior research scientist, the conference was meant to inspire the discussion and discovery of scientific evidence supporting the biblical account of creation. Participants attended a series of lectures and visited various sites of scientific interest, such as fossil quarries. Larry R. Evans, Adventist world church undersecretary and conference attendee, reports that much common ground was found where intellectual rivalry once ruled.

“Scientists are trained to look for answers by asking penetrating questions. Clergy are trained to build faith even when the unknown would suggest otherwise. While there were times when the two disciplines seemed to collide, there were more times when [they] complimented each other,” he said. Evans concluded that “questions must continue to be asked, and we must not see the asking of questions as heresy.” He maintained, however, that “faith in God and His revelation must also be reverenced, for He is the author of the record written in stone.”

GRI director James Gibson wrapped up the conference with a call to better reconcile the geologic record with the biblical

—Adventist News Network/AR.

record, but to realize that faith in God must remain paramount, despite some unanswered questions.  

CANADA: Adventist Physicians Attend
International AIDS Conference
Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist church’s response to AIDS in Africa attended the largest-ever meeting on HIV and AIDS in Toronto in August. More than 20,000 people attended the international conference, whose theme was “Time to Deliver.”

Oscar Giordano, director of the Adventist Aids International Ministry headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, was one of the conference attendees. “It was very important to have the Adventist Church represented in the meetings because of the increasing role that the churches are playing in containing the epidemic and relieving its impact.” He added that there

—Adventist News Network/AR.

was a special exhibit section dedicated to interfaith activities.               

FLORIDA: Robots Join Staff of Adventist Hospital
The newest employees at Adventist-owned Florida Hospital work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, never take a break, and wouldn’t think of asking for a raise. Amid the usual flurry of doctors, nurses, and patients, you’re likely to find them scurrying along the hospital’s hallways with linens, meals, and other supplies in tow. These new employees are three robots called TUGs. Hospital staff says they’ve already proved to be helpful and dependable.

Designed by Aethon, the robots “eliminate repetitive tasks like pushing carts and running errands” to “ensure [hospital] caregivers are spending their valuable time taking care of patients,” says Mike Thompson, Florida Hospital Celebration

—Florida Hospital/ANN/AR.

Health assistant administrator.

News Notes:
Secret of the Cave, a feature film created by Southern Adventist University and based on a children’s book written by Arthur Maxwell, is the recipient of a Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival. It is one of five films out of more than 120

—Southern Adventist University Public Relations/AR.

entries to receive this award.                              

Richard Marker, treasurer of the Greater New York Conference, has been elected president of that conference, succeeding

—From the Desk of Don Schneider/AR.

Dionisio Olivo, who has accepted a call to become the Hispanic coordinator of the Atlantic Union Conference.