Emmy Awards: What You Missed

The Emmys: a night when all of our favorite TV stars get dressed up and gather together to celebrate the best of the year.  I have always loved these awards especially when TV shows that I have watched win: I feel a little sense of accomplishment that I chose the right show.  This year they moved the show to a Monday night, just to spice things up.

With all that said, here are my hot takes:

  • I was ready to pull a Kanye West when “Game of Thrones” won again, because honestly this final season of “The Americans” was genius, the last episode is still causing me anxiety.
  • “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is great and deserved all of the awards, I just wish Amy Sherman-Palladino had spent some of this energy on the last season of “Gilmore Girls.”
  • Where is the love for the favorite show of our Moms, “NCIS”? Consistently one of the most watched shows in America, consistently ignored by the Emmy’s.  
  • #JesuitEducated co-host, Colin Jost aka Mr. Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Che should stick to Weekend Update. 

 

  • Acceptance Speeches- I have a brand new appreciation for them, especially when they are filled with gratitude.  Regina King’s acceptance was a wonderful moment for an actress who knocked it out of the park in “Seven Seconds”.  

 

  • The Proposal-  Of all the acceptance speeches this year, one obviously stands out.  Glenn Weiss won for outstanding directing for a variety special, it was his 14th time winning (show off).  This 14th time on stage, he used his time to propose to his girlfriend.

While his now fiance was obviously surprised, the reaction shots from the various celebrities were great as well, the room was filled with joy.

  • Grief and Loss- So many actors and actresses won for portraying characters that suffered a lot. Regina King won for her role as a grieving mother in “Seven Seconds”.  Rachel Brosnahan won for her role as a wife who husband suddenly leaves her in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Matthew Rhys, as a Soviet Spy, lost the American Dream in “The Americans”. He lost it so hard I’ll never be able to ride Amtrak again without thinking of one of the final scenes. These characters probably could have used a good pastoral care conversation. Thankfully there are folks being trained to do that (I know a few! Heck, I might be one of them?), but that doesn’t make for exciting TV…yet.  
  • Predictions for next year: NCIS will not be nominated…again.  Game of Thrones will win…again. Alice Isn’t Dead, based on the podcast by the same name, will be nominated for a lot of awards. And I will never be asked to comment on TV again due to extreme bias because my sister’s brother-in-law works in Hollywood.

 

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Emmy Awards: What You Missed

The Emmys: a night when all of our favorite TV stars get dressed up and gather together to celebrate the best of the year.  I have always loved these awards especially when TV shows that I have watched win: I feel a little sense of accomplishment that I chose the right show.  This year they moved the show to a Monday night, just to spice things up.

With all that said, here are my hot takes:

  • I was ready to pull a Kanye West when “Game of Thrones” won again, because honestly this final season of “The Americans” was genius, the last episode is still causing me anxiety.
  • “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is great and deserved all of the awards, I just wish Amy Sherman-Palladino had spent some of this energy on the last season of “Gilmore Girls.”
  • Where is the love for the favorite show of our Moms, “NCIS”? Consistently one of the most watched shows in America, consistently ignored by the Emmy’s.  
  • #JesuitEducated co-host, Colin Jost aka Mr. Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Che should stick to Weekend Update. 

 

  • Acceptance Speeches- I have a brand new appreciation for them, especially when they are filled with gratitude.  Regina King’s acceptance was a wonderful moment for an actress who knocked it out of the park in “Seven Seconds”.  

 

  • The Proposal-  Of all the acceptance speeches this year, one obviously stands out.  Glenn Weiss won for outstanding directing for a variety special, it was his 14th time winning (show off).  This 14th time on stage, he used his time to propose to his girlfriend.

While his now fiance was obviously surprised, the reaction shots from the various celebrities were great as well, the room was filled with joy.

  • Grief and Loss- So many actors and actresses won for portraying characters that suffered a lot. Regina King won for her role as a grieving mother in “Seven Seconds”.  Rachel Brosnahan won for her role as a wife who husband suddenly leaves her in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Matthew Rhys, as a Soviet Spy, lost the American Dream in “The Americans”. He lost it so hard I’ll never be able to ride Amtrak again without thinking of one of the final scenes. These characters probably could have used a good pastoral care conversation. Thankfully there are folks being trained to do that (I know a few! Heck, I might be one of them?), but that doesn’t make for exciting TV…yet.  
  • Predictions for next year: NCIS will not be nominated…again.  Game of Thrones will win…again. Alice Isn’t Dead, based on the podcast by the same name, will be nominated for a lot of awards. And I will never be asked to comment on TV again due to extreme bias because my sister’s brother-in-law works in Hollywood.

 

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Sydney Adventist Womens Gathering Highlights Diversity, Empowerment

Sydney Adventist Women’s Gathering Highlights Diversity, Empowerment

In Australia’s largest city, women also collect funds for drought-stricken farmers.

By: Tracey Bridcutt, Adventist Record

Colorful costumes, inspiring testimonies, and the opportunity to dig deep financially and support Australia’s drought-stricken farmers were all part of this year’s Breathe 2018 conference, a women’s gathering held on September 22, 2018, in Sydney, Australia. 

Around 500 women gathered for the event, hosted by Sydney Adventist Women, and were uplifted by personal stories, warm fellowship, singing, and prayer. Many wore the national costumes and colors of their heritage countries to celebrate the rich diversity of Adventist women in Australia’s largest city.

 

  • South Pacific Division family ministries director Trafford Fischer and Greater Sydney Conference women’s ministries director Beryl Landers address the Breathe 2018 women’s conference. [Photo: Adventist Record]

  • The Korean Ladies Choir performs at the Breathe 2018 women’s conference in Sydney, Australia. [Photo: Adventist Record]

  • About 500 women attended Breathe 2018 in Sydney, Australia, on September 22, 2018. [Photo: Adventist Record]

  • While attending the Breathe 2018 women’s conference in Sydney, Australia, Tongan church women wear their colorful national outfits. [Photo: Adventist Record]

  • The Samoan Ladies Choir provided music during Breathe 2018 in Sydney, Australia. [Photo: Adventist Record]

Two offerings were strongly supported by women attending the event: the first raised around AU$6,000 (about US$4,400) for the work of women’s ministries across Sydney. The second was collected to support ADRA’s drought relief appeal, and it raised AU$24,000 (about US$17,500).

The Korean Ladies Choir and the Samoan Ladies Choir provided music at the conference. A designated prayer area was available for those who wanted someone to pray for them.

The theme for the conference was “Chosen,” with South Pacific Division family ministries director Trafford Fischer as the keynote presenter. Fischer presented three sessions: Chosen to Love, Chosen to Live, and Chosen to Lead.

In the first session, Fischer spoke about the ultimate act of love shown through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave. His Son was a gift—you don’t pay for a gift. As soon as you do, it ceases to be a gift,” he said. “God gave freely. That’s what love does. And there lies the secret of great love: it’s something you give away.”

In the second session, Fischer reminded the women that the promise of abundant life in Christ doesn’t mean that it will be a comfortable one. “An abundant life with Jesus may not be an ‘easy chair and a cuppa and a good book’ life,” he said. “An abundant life won’t always be a holiday at the beach; nowhere in Scripture will we find the suggestion that the Christian life will always be a walk in the park.”

At the same time, he said, there is an upside to it, because when our lives are anchored in Jesus, “then we deal with whatever life gives us as best we can.”

And he added, “When you and I accept the fact that we are anchored in Jesus Christ — sealed, guaranteed — out of that setting then we step into life and we have a crack at life, and we try to make it everything we can.”

Reflecting on the day, Greater Sydney Conference women’s ministries director Beryl Landers said her heart was full of joy and praise. “We experienced the presence of God at Breathe 2018,” Landers posted on her Facebook page. “I love the fact that when the women of the Greater Sydney Conference gather, things happen, compassion flows, and community is changed.”


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North Pacific Union Conference Issues Call to Prayer for Annual Council

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Spectrum Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the North Pacific Union Conference GleanerNow website. It is reprinted here in its entirety:

Call to Prayer for Annual Council 2018

GLEANER EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Northwest members are concerned over specific efforts by the General Conference administrative committee to encourage worldwide unity through measures of compliance. There are legitimate questions on differing sides of the discussion on what these plans are designed to accomplish. While some applaud efforts to achieve consistent compliance in global church practices, others worry that recent and proposed actions are in opposition to the church’s long-standing democratic governance structure.

In preparation for the Oct. 11–17, 2018 Annual Council meetings, when the General Conference executive committee will more formally act upon these issue, where does the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) stand? The short answer is: We stand in the need of prayer. It seems clear to us that decisions made in this year’s meetings may indeed affect the nature of our church and its mission for years to come.

At this time, there has been no NPUC executive committee action on an official position statement regarding issues of unity and compliance.

However, NPUC leaders are issuing a clear call to prayer, with specific principles and values of our church in mind. These values include honoring the wisdom of representative governance, where local churches, conferences and unions are trusted to adapt methods of our corporate mission appropriate to their own communities and territories. They include a time-honored principle that the strength of our world church flows up from the grassroots, not from the top down. Our unity as a people is not centered on committee action. Unity is found in our collective connection to Jesus, God’s Word and the Spirit’s call upon our hearts.

Therefore, Sabbath, October 13, is designated as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. We encourage Northwest members to join others around the world field then and throughout the Annual Council meetings, asking the Spirit to move the hearts of those who will vote to determine future directions for our church.

Below find the four Call to Prayer messages that will be issued online and via our social media each week leading up the Annual Council.

To be informed, read more on the actions of the General Conference administrative committee, including additional perspectives and responses in this critical discussion leading up to Annual Council. Several links are provided below.

SEPT. 20 … Unity in Mission

Our North Pacific Union Conference mission is to share hope and wholeness in Jesus — the essence of the Three Angels’ Messages. Unity in our church is found when we respect each other, even in our differences, to follow our Christ-centered beliefs and mission. Ellen White had it right: “Nothing can perfect unity in the church but the spirit of Christ-like forbearance.” We draw closer together when we draw closer to Jesus and truly become brothers and sisters as the body of Christ.

Please pray with us that decisions made in this year’s Annual Council (Oct. 11–17, 2018) will embrace unity in mission by exhibiting respect for one another in the spirit of Christ-like forbearance.

SEPT. 27 … Representative Governance

Our world church’s representative form of governance, affirmed by Ellen White, enables every level of the church to adapt appropriate methods of mission to their territories. Inflexible policies or procedures can too often be counterproductive, creating roadblocks for mission. Different levels of the world church are more effective when they can adapt methods to carry out mission within their unique cultures.

Please pray with us that this year’s Annual Council meetings (Oct. 11–17) will trust God’s Spirit to empower every level of our world church to appropriately apply the mission to their unique territories.

OCT. 4 … Trust in Jesus

The disciples learned it on that wild and windy night on the lake. It’s a lesson we must also learn — to trust Jesus, even in the midst of storms. Our trust in Jesus calls us to look to Him for solutions, both in our personal lives and for the mission of our world church. We look away from human politics, and turn to steadfastly focus on Him. As the body of Christ, we are called to move forward together on a journey of faith as He provides the strength and wisdom.

Please pray with us that those who cast their votes at this year’s Annual Council meetings (Oct. 11–17) will trust Jesus for divine solutions. May God’s Spirit be the source of all that is done and said.

OCT. 11 … May God’s Love Prevail

Annual Council meetings begin today and continue through Oct. 17. Northwest church leaders have joined others from around the world in Battle Creek, Mich., where so much of our church’s history is centered. May each member of our world church executive committee recall the wisdom of our early pioneers on church governance balanced with Scripture and the Spirit’s leading. May they heed Ellen White’s warnings against human effort supplanting God’s Spirit.

Please pray with us that we will allow Jesus to be the center of every discussion and every decision. Pray that each world church leader will be inspired by God’s Spirit, God’s Word, God’s wisdom, God’s love, God’s power and God’s solutions.

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North Pacific Union Conference Issues Call to Prayer for Annual Council

Written by: 

Spectrum Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the North Pacific Union Conference GleanerNow website. It is reprinted here in its entirety:

Call to Prayer for Annual Council 2018

GLEANER EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Northwest members are concerned over specific efforts by the General Conference administrative committee to encourage worldwide unity through measures of compliance. There are legitimate questions on differing sides of the discussion on what these plans are designed to accomplish. While some applaud efforts to achieve consistent compliance in global church practices, others worry that recent and proposed actions are in opposition to the church’s long-standing democratic governance structure.

In preparation for the Oct. 11–17, 2018 Annual Council meetings, when the General Conference executive committee will more formally act upon these issue, where does the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) stand? The short answer is: We stand in the need of prayer. It seems clear to us that decisions made in this year’s meetings may indeed affect the nature of our church and its mission for years to come.

At this time, there has been no NPUC executive committee action on an official position statement regarding issues of unity and compliance.

However, NPUC leaders are issuing a clear call to prayer, with specific principles and values of our church in mind. These values include honoring the wisdom of representative governance, where local churches, conferences and unions are trusted to adapt methods of our corporate mission appropriate to their own communities and territories. They include a time-honored principle that the strength of our world church flows up from the grassroots, not from the top down. Our unity as a people is not centered on committee action. Unity is found in our collective connection to Jesus, God’s Word and the Spirit’s call upon our hearts.

Therefore, Sabbath, October 13, is designated as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. We encourage Northwest members to join others around the world field then and throughout the Annual Council meetings, asking the Spirit to move the hearts of those who will vote to determine future directions for our church.

Below find the four Call to Prayer messages that will be issued online and via our social media each week leading up the Annual Council.

To be informed, read more on the actions of the General Conference administrative committee, including additional perspectives and responses in this critical discussion leading up to Annual Council. Several links are provided below.

SEPT. 20 … Unity in Mission

Our North Pacific Union Conference mission is to share hope and wholeness in Jesus — the essence of the Three Angels’ Messages. Unity in our church is found when we respect each other, even in our differences, to follow our Christ-centered beliefs and mission. Ellen White had it right: “Nothing can perfect unity in the church but the spirit of Christ-like forbearance.” We draw closer together when we draw closer to Jesus and truly become brothers and sisters as the body of Christ.

Please pray with us that decisions made in this year’s Annual Council (Oct. 11–17, 2018) will embrace unity in mission by exhibiting respect for one another in the spirit of Christ-like forbearance.

SEPT. 27 … Representative Governance

Our world church’s representative form of governance, affirmed by Ellen White, enables every level of the church to adapt appropriate methods of mission to their territories. Inflexible policies or procedures can too often be counterproductive, creating roadblocks for mission. Different levels of the world church are more effective when they can adapt methods to carry out mission within their unique cultures.

Please pray with us that this year’s Annual Council meetings (Oct. 11–17) will trust God’s Spirit to empower every level of our world church to appropriately apply the mission to their unique territories.

OCT. 4 … Trust in Jesus

The disciples learned it on that wild and windy night on the lake. It’s a lesson we must also learn — to trust Jesus, even in the midst of storms. Our trust in Jesus calls us to look to Him for solutions, both in our personal lives and for the mission of our world church. We look away from human politics, and turn to steadfastly focus on Him. As the body of Christ, we are called to move forward together on a journey of faith as He provides the strength and wisdom.

Please pray with us that those who cast their votes at this year’s Annual Council meetings (Oct. 11–17) will trust Jesus for divine solutions. May God’s Spirit be the source of all that is done and said.

OCT. 11 … May God’s Love Prevail

Annual Council meetings begin today and continue through Oct. 17. Northwest church leaders have joined others from around the world in Battle Creek, Mich., where so much of our church’s history is centered. May each member of our world church executive committee recall the wisdom of our early pioneers on church governance balanced with Scripture and the Spirit’s leading. May they heed Ellen White’s warnings against human effort supplanting God’s Spirit.

Please pray with us that we will allow Jesus to be the center of every discussion and every decision. Pray that each world church leader will be inspired by God’s Spirit, God’s Word, God’s wisdom, God’s love, God’s power and God’s solutions.

Read More

 

This article by the Gleaner Editors was originally published by North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Gleaner/GleanerNow.com and is reprinted here with permission.

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North Pacific Union Conference Issues Call to Prayer for Annual Council

Written by: 

Spectrum Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the North Pacific Union Conference GleanerNow website. It is reprinted here in its entirety:

Call to Prayer for Annual Council 2018

GLEANER EDITOR’S NOTE: Many Northwest members are concerned over specific efforts by the General Conference administrative committee to encourage worldwide unity through measures of compliance. There are legitimate questions on differing sides of the discussion on what these plans are designed to accomplish. While some applaud efforts to achieve consistent compliance in global church practices, others worry that recent and proposed actions are in opposition to the church’s long-standing democratic governance structure.

In preparation for the Oct. 11–17, 2018 Annual Council meetings, when the General Conference executive committee will more formally act upon these issue, where does the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) stand? The short answer is: We stand in the need of prayer. It seems clear to us that decisions made in this year’s meetings may indeed affect the nature of our church and its mission for years to come.

At this time, there has been no NPUC executive committee action on an official position statement regarding issues of unity and compliance.

However, NPUC leaders are issuing a clear call to prayer, with specific principles and values of our church in mind. These values include honoring the wisdom of representative governance, where local churches, conferences and unions are trusted to adapt methods of our corporate mission appropriate to their own communities and territories. They include a time-honored principle that the strength of our world church flows up from the grassroots, not from the top down. Our unity as a people is not centered on committee action. Unity is found in our collective connection to Jesus, God’s Word and the Spirit’s call upon our hearts.

Therefore, Sabbath, October 13, is designated as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. We encourage Northwest members to join others around the world field then and throughout the Annual Council meetings, asking the Spirit to move the hearts of those who will vote to determine future directions for our church.

Below find the four Call to Prayer messages that will be issued online and via our social media each week leading up the Annual Council.

To be informed, read more on the actions of the General Conference administrative committee, including additional perspectives and responses in this critical discussion leading up to Annual Council. Several links are provided below.

SEPT. 20 … Unity in Mission

Our North Pacific Union Conference mission is to share hope and wholeness in Jesus — the essence of the Three Angels’ Messages. Unity in our church is found when we respect each other, even in our differences, to follow our Christ-centered beliefs and mission. Ellen White had it right: “Nothing can perfect unity in the church but the spirit of Christ-like forbearance.” We draw closer together when we draw closer to Jesus and truly become brothers and sisters as the body of Christ.

Please pray with us that decisions made in this year’s Annual Council (Oct. 11–17, 2018) will embrace unity in mission by exhibiting respect for one another in the spirit of Christ-like forbearance.

SEPT. 27 … Representative Governance

Our world church’s representative form of governance, affirmed by Ellen White, enables every level of the church to adapt appropriate methods of mission to their territories. Inflexible policies or procedures can too often be counterproductive, creating roadblocks for mission. Different levels of the world church are more effective when they can adapt methods to carry out mission within their unique cultures.

Please pray with us that this year’s Annual Council meetings (Oct. 11–17) will trust God’s Spirit to empower every level of our world church to appropriately apply the mission to their unique territories.

OCT. 4 … Trust in Jesus

The disciples learned it on that wild and windy night on the lake. It’s a lesson we must also learn — to trust Jesus, even in the midst of storms. Our trust in Jesus calls us to look to Him for solutions, both in our personal lives and for the mission of our world church. We look away from human politics, and turn to steadfastly focus on Him. As the body of Christ, we are called to move forward together on a journey of faith as He provides the strength and wisdom.

Please pray with us that those who cast their votes at this year’s Annual Council meetings (Oct. 11–17) will trust Jesus for divine solutions. May God’s Spirit be the source of all that is done and said.

OCT. 11 … May God’s Love Prevail

Annual Council meetings begin today and continue through Oct. 17. Northwest church leaders have joined others from around the world in Battle Creek, Mich., where so much of our church’s history is centered. May each member of our world church executive committee recall the wisdom of our early pioneers on church governance balanced with Scripture and the Spirit’s leading. May they heed Ellen White’s warnings against human effort supplanting God’s Spirit.

Please pray with us that we will allow Jesus to be the center of every discussion and every decision. Pray that each world church leader will be inspired by God’s Spirit, God’s Word, God’s wisdom, God’s love, God’s power and God’s solutions.

Read More

 

This article by the Gleaner Editors was originally published by North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Gleaner/GleanerNow.com and is reprinted here with permission.

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In Nigeria, fears that a crackdown on Muslim group will court another Boko Haram

ABUJA, Nigeria (RNS) — Muslims on the ground and experts in Washington worry that the detention of a Shiite cleric and the killings of his followers will provoke the Islamic Movement of Nigeria into waging war.

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