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The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 145,000 members worship in 863 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 101 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 8 camps; 5 book and health food stores and a radio station.

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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,
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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.

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President Dave Weigley

Story by Beth Michaels / Photos by Hearly Mayr

Today 13 graduates of the REACH Columbia Union Urban Evangelism School walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. The school’s inaugural graduation happened during the 27th Columbia Union Conference Constituency Session at Potomac Conference’s Southern Asian church in Silver Spring, Md.

“I want to thank you for being pioneers in this school of urban evangelism,” said Dave Weigley during the ceremony. I’m delighted you accepted this challenge to come to the school. you have really pioneered a way forward for us here. We as constituents, the sponors of the school are proud and delighted.”

Story by Rhonda M. Covington / Photo by Hearly Mayr

During the Columbia Union Conference Constituency meeting Saturday evening, union leaders honored Hamlet Canosa, EdD, Columbia Union Conference’s vice president of Education, with an obelisk for 24 years of service in the union.

“After 43 years of service in the church, tonight we want to thank you,” said Dave Weigley. “No doubt when you stand on the sea of glass you’ll see the many lives you impacted.. I’m here today because of Adventist education and you’ve been a part of making that happen.”

Story by Elizabeth Long

Susan Barcus has been named president of the Kettering Medical Center Foundation and chief development officer for Kettering Adventist HealthCare.

She previously served as the senior vice president for Advancement and chief development officer for Augusta University and Health System, formerly Georgia Regents University and Health System in Augusta, Georgia.

Barcus earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Corporate and Industrial Communications from Lindenwood University.