TED responds to Brexit vote

24 June 2016 | St Albans [Victor Hulbert] On Thursday, 23 June the British people voted by a margin of 3.8% to leave the European Union. With a turnout of 72%, 51.9% of the electorate made the historic decision, changing 43 years of European history since the UK joined the European Community in 1973.

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Live from Dunkirk – Adventist Refugee Sabbath

17 June 2016 | Binfield, England [Victor Hulbert]  Churches in England, France, Italy and America will be skyping live with Adventist representatives at Dunkirk refugee camp, France, during morning worship, Sabbath, 18 June. Seventh-day Adventist Churches across the world are taking special time that day to pray for and focus on the estimated 60 million refugees currently scattered across the planet.

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Proclaiming faith by art in Mjøndalen church, Norway

15 June 2016 | Mjøndalen, Norway [Tor Tjeransen]  "A little bit up. Straight forward." With a steady hand Tor Magne Eilertsen manoeuvred a large fork lift in the main sanctuary of the Mjøndalen Seventh-day Adventist church, Norway. There were shouts from excited members of the decoration committee as large, wooden elements were mounted on the church walls. When completed, four panels make up a red circular installation with religious symbols and quotes from the Book of Revelation. This is just one third of a large installation depicting Biblical themes.

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Estonia Conference Session focuses on mission and Christ's return

12 June 2016 | Tartu, Estonia [Averonika Beekmann/tedNEWS]  Ivo Käsk, President of the Estonian Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church was re-elected to office during a weekend of Constituency Meetings, 10-12 June 2016. Virve Toom was elected as Executive secretary, for the first time putting a women in a senior leadership position, while Jaanus-Janari Kogerman who previously cared for both Secretariat and Treasury will now focus on finance.

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"I feel I make a difference." A world refugee day report from Greece

14 June 2016 | Katarina, Greece [Victor Hulbert / Corrado Cozzi]  Sara Kouĵĵi has put her life on hold. An interpreter for ADRA Serbia, she is translating Arabic to English at a remote refugee camp on the slopes of Mt Olympus in Greece. The children are also rapidly teaching her Kurdish, as the camp she works in is exclusively Yazidi: 1,114 refugees from a persecuted minority in northern Iraq and Syria, 480 of them are children. Why does she do it? "Because I feel I belong here and I make a difference," she says.

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Should we help the Dunkirk refugees? A Christian response

13 June 2016 | Binfield, England [Victor Hulbert]  Waking up at 4:00 a.m. for a long drive and a ferry crossing is a minor inconvenience for Sasha Becejac, one of four leaders at the Newbold Seventh-day Adventist Church in southern England. Every Sunday the team fill a car with volunteers, food, and clothes for the eight-hour round trip to a refugee camp in Dunkirk, France.

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NAD issues Statement on mass shooting in Orlando, Florida

13 June 2016 | St Albans [NAD staff/tedNEWS]  Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, issued the following statement on June 12, 2016, in response to the mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida. Adventist leaders and members across Europe would wish to endorse this statement and offer condolences to and prayers for all who have affected by this tragedy:

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Hope after horror. Refugees can have a future

11 June 2016 | St Albans [Victor Hulbert]  Nobody chooses to be a refugee. War, persecution, oppressive regimes – there are many reasons why there are currently 60 million displaced persons or refugees in the world. Each one has their story. Each one wants to survive. Each one wants a better life. Each one lives with hope.

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Netherlands Extraordinary Union Session Meeting endorses Women in Ministry

10 June 2016 | St Albans [Victor Hulbert with Wim Altink]  The role of women in ministry continues to be a heavily debated topic in many areas around the world, including in the Trans-European Division. The Netherlands Union is a case in point. Their Union Session voted in favour of a motion to ordain women in ministry back in 2012, and the NUC Executive Committee reaffirmed that decision again in May 2013 and again in July 2015 following the General Conference Session in San Antonio.

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