Who We Are, How We Serve

The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 140,000 members worship in 843 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 100 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 5 book and health food stores and a radio station.

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We Believe

God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one,
all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT DAVE WEIGLEY

We are living through an unprecedented time, and while we are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus, we know that we serve an almighty God who sees, who cares and who is an ever-present help in times of trouble. As we journey this crisis together, we are in contact with the leaders of our conferences and institutions, and we are united in our commitment to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and help people in our communities. Please join us in praying for an end to COVID-19, and for the health care givers, first responders and other frontline workers who are working tirelessly to save lives.

At this time, our office remains closed to the public, until further notice. Please reach out to members of our administrative and ministry teams, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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President Dave Weigley
 Emmanuel Asidedu, Celeste Ryan-Blyden, Harold Geene, (front) Carol Wright, Tabita Martinez, Ileana Espinosa, Evelyn Sullivan and Tiffany Brown (Jaqueline Messenger not pictured)

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

During the September 15 Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting, members voted to re-appoint seven Columbia Union staff members to their current positions. They also appointed Tabita Martinez as undertreasurer beginning February 1, 2017, when Carol Wright retires. Celeste Ryan-Blyden will reassume Visitor editor responsibilities.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Today Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee members met Tiffany Brown, the new director of the REACH Columbia Union Conference Urban Evangelism School, based in Philadelphia.

“We are very excited about Brown assuming leadership of our school,” says Frank Bondurant, vice president for Ministries Development. “She possesses the combination of pastoral, canvassing and teaching skills that we need in a director. In addition she has a degree in Urban Community Development and is able to relate to and engage young adults.”

Story by Livingwell Staff

LivingWell, formerly known as Potomac ABC, is hosting their Fall Fitness Festival this Sunday, September 18  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 12004 Cherry Hill Road, Silver Spring, Md.

“We excited to host this event to show our customers and the community the benefits of being physically, mentally and spiritually fit.  We believe a fitness lifestyle benefits all aspects of a person’s life and we’re looking forward to sharing information that can assist our customers on their journey to fitness in all of these area,” says Laura Worf, General Manager of LivingWell.

The first 50 customers through the door will receive “goodie bags” filled with a variety of fitness items.  Free vegetarian hot dogs will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. 

Several seminars are scheduled: 

10 a.m.       Diabetes:  What you Should Know
11 a.m.       Your Drugs and You
Noon           Introduction to Raw Foods
1 p.m.         Faithful Fitness
2 p.m.         Commandments for an Extraordinary Life
3 p.m.         A Topical Glance for an Internal Status
4 p.m.         Energize Yourself! With Pastor Mike (Especially for kids, young and old!)

 

Health screenings will be held throughout the day as follows:

Story by Tiffany Doss

“We are here, because talking saves lives,” said Jose Rojas at the opening of We Stand For All, a forum at Potomac Conference’s Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., designed to discuss if the church should have a role in social justice—a question that has become more prevalent following a rally on the National Mall where nearly 1,000 Adventists stood together for prayer and peace

Statement from the Pennsylvania Conference

Thursday night at approximately 9:15 pm a fire was spotted in one of the barns that a local farmer uses to store his equipment and some bales of hay on the campus of Blue Mountain Academy (BMA), Hamburg, Pa. Due to the dry summer and a recent heat wave that made matters worse, it appears a spontaneous combustion occurred, causing the fire.

Very quickly local volunteer fire departments were dispatched and brought the fire under control. At no time were any of our students at risk, as the barn is a one quarter mile from campus. A special thank you goes out the men and women of the local fire departments that braved extreme heat to extinguish the fire.