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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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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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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
Image by David F. Turner for Allegheny Eastt Conference

Los miembros y líderes de la Unión de Columbia están de luto por la pérdida de Henry J. Fordham III y su esposa por 53 años, Sharon Fordham, luego de su fallecimiento en un incendio el 18 de julio en su casa de Pensilvania. Los Fordham pasaron sus 47 años completos de ministerio pastoral, administrativo y educativo sirviendo en la Conferencia Este de Allegheny (AEC), la segunda conferencia más grande en el territorio de la unión. En el momento de su muerte, ambos tenían 77 años y Henry estaba en su segundo mandato de cinco años como presidente.

 volunteers Callie Buruchara, Chandler Riley, and Brody Wiedemann. Credit Tony Williams

By Andrew McChesney

A man walked up to the church booth at the Howard County Fair and, without an introduction or even a smile, asked a pointed question.

“Do you have to go to church on Saturday to be saved?” he said.

Booth volunteer Tony Williams had heard other unexpected questions at the fair, including about Hollywood movies and whether Jesus has a tattoo, and he was not surprised.

Story by Benia Jennings

Keisha Stubbs-Bone is the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Allegheny West Conference (AWC). A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Stubbs-Bone matriculated through Oakwood University (Ala.), where she achieved her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Management.

Upon graduating, she accepted a role within the General Conference Auditing Service (GCAS) organization, where she audited numerous Seventh-day Adventist conferences, academies, universities and various entities.