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Albanian women’s retreat reaches out beyond women and beyond Adventists

28 June 2017 | Durres, Albania [Sanda Veidemane-Thomollari] It’s a women’s retreat – so you expect women, with possibly the odd spouce hanging around at the back or helping with logistics, but when you find the back row filled with elderly Muslim men you know someting special is happening.


Adriatic Union parenting seminar gains live TV audience

28 June 2017 | Zagreb, Croatia [Darko Kovačević] A two-day parenting seminar based in Zagreb, Croatia, 17 – 18 June attracted not just parents, but others interested in the wellbeing of children and youth. The presentations replaced traditional worship services on the Sabbath, together with added Sunday workshops and were also broadcast live on the Voice of Hope Adventist Internet channel and on the Zagreb 1 church website. 


Adventists respond to Grenfell fire tragedy

26 June 2017 | London [Richard Daly / tedNEWS] Two London churches are at the forefront of support for those affected by the Grenfell Tower-block blaze where 79 are feared dead and 151 homes were destroyed. Together with many community groups and local agencies, the Willesden and London Live Seventh-day Adventist churches, both located close to the site of the 14 June blaze, opened their doors and their hearts to provide, support, counselling, a base for donation of goods, and a place of prayer. The South England Conference Community Services department also immediately provided food items, clothing and practical help. ADRA-UK made an emergency donation of £2,500 and church members have since donated over £12,000 through a Go Fund Me site set up by the Conference.


World Refugee Sabbath highlights a ‘sanctuary church’ in Southern Italy

  20 June 2017 | Castel Volturno, Italy [Victor Hulbert / tedNEWS / EUDnews] Jean* faced a stark choice. Take over leadership of her father’s animist faith or face deadly consequences. Jean is a Christian. Her only choice was to leave not just her community, but her country. She made it to Libya. There she was safe and that is where she planned to stay – until civil war started and the regime fell. Then she had to get out. She couldn’t go home. The deadly peril of the Mediterranean was her only hope.


ADRA World Refugee Statement 2017

20 June 2017 | Brussels, Belgium [ADRA Europe] “Today the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, released a World Refugee Day Statement reaffirming their support for refugees and displaced persons around the world. The Inter-European and Trans-European Divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church fully support this statement, and join ADRA’s call for a compassionate response to the refugee crisis that upholds the rights and dignity of each and every refugee who arrives on the European continent. The statement is shared in full below.”


Adventist Conductor Wins Important Award

19 June 2017 | Wesseslburen, Germany [Northern German Union Conference and Adventist Review] The Brahms Prize 2017, an important musical award endowed with 10,000 euros, was recently presented to Swedish Seventh-day Adventist conductor Herbert Blomstedt. The award ceremony took place on June 10 at the St. Bartholomew’s Church in Wesseslburen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.



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