Story by V. Michelle Bernard

For the first time in many years, the Columbia Union Conference experienced a drop in tithe, reported Treasurer Emmanuel Asiedu. Tithe was down 5.40 percent (approximately $1.6 million) from January to March, compared to last year.

Despite this drop, Asiedu says he has been impressed with members’ generosity during this hard time. “Their giving was more than my expectation, given the COVID-19 crisis and overall financial crisis we are experiencing,” he added.

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

During the recent Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting, Office of Education Vice President Donovan Ross shared that he has postponed school accreditation visits until next year and received approval to extend current accreditations by one year so that schools that are up for accreditation can continue operating.

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Two committee members representing Allegheny East Conference spoke to the importance of proceeding with caution when making decisions about reopening churches and schools.
Gina Brown, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University in Washington, D.C., shared that mental illness is on the rise and urged church members not to ignore it. In addition, she added, “Our senior [citizens] are significantly lonely, and everybody is being hit [by the isolation].”
Columbia Union Executive Committee members meet on Zoom

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Members of the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee gathered last week via Zoom to discuss and reflect on the church’s work over the last two months. The main topic? How COVID-19 has impacted the mission and ministry across the eight-state territory.

Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division (NAD), shared a worship thought on Ruth. “There is a tempest blowing in our land. There is desolation in many places, but we have the hope, the faith and the promise that we may shelter under the wings of the Almighty with our kinsman redeemer, Jesus Christ,’’ he said.

Story by Washington Adventist University Staff
Washington Adventist University (WAU) is proud to offer high-quality Christian education in the nation’s capital through which its mission to develop competent moral leaders is achieved. Although the challenges that COVID-19 has presented continue to make predicting the future difficult, WAU will move forward with this mission. Multiple contingencies are planned for many eventualities. An awareness of the distress some of these measures make on traditional student life is guiding WAU to seek guidance and think outside the box.

About four years ago, Kyle Hardinge, a member of Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville church in Silver Spring, Md., was under the care of nurses and staff at a local hospital after undergoing heart surgery. Today he, with the aid of his 3-D printer, is returning the care.

WAU Board of Trustees

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a vibrant and robust institution that has been serving the Adventist and local communities since 1904. We are proud of the lives we’ve influenced over the decades through rigorous education and consistent spiritual foundations. In 2020, a threat of unprecedented challenge and complexity has created a need for intentional, prayerful, and decisive adjustments to maintain health and longevity, and create financial flexibility for the institution.

Mental Health image by Kevin Simmons from Flickr

Editorial by Steve Laing

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with a friend who shared a heartfelt burden concerning our young people. “What can we do to make sure we are attending to the mental health needs of students in our Adventist schools?” he asked.

Histoire par V. Michelle Bernard

« Nous traversons une période sans précédent, et bien que nous ne soyons pas à l›abri de l›impact du coronavirus (COVID-19), nous savons que nous servons un Dieu tout-puissant qui voit, qui se soucie et qui est une aide omniprésente en période de trouble », a déclaré Dave Weigley, président de l’Union de Columbia, dans une adresse aux membres. « Alors que nous traversons cette crise ensemble, sachez que nous prions tous pour vous et nous vous demandons de vous joindre à nous pour prier pour vos familles, amis, communautés, aux prestataires de soins de santé et autres professionnels en première ligne.»

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“Nos enfrentamos a un momento sin precedentes, y aunque no somos inmunes al impacto del coronavirus (COVID-19), sabemos que servimos a un Dios todopoderoso que ve, a quién le importa y quién es una ayuda siempre presente en tiempos de problemas”, dijo Dave Weigley, presidente de la Unión de Columbia, en un comunicado a los miembros. “A medida que avanzamos juntos en esta crisis, sepan que todos estamos orando por ustedes y les pedimos que se unan a nosotros para orar por sus familias, amigos, comunidades, proveedores de atención médica y otros trabajadores de primera línea”.