AUA Celebrates its 7th Graduation

 

2018 Graduation

AUA Administration, faculty, staff and graduates at the Seventh Graduation Ceremony 

 

AUA Celebrates its Seventh Graduation Ceremony

The Adventist University of Africa celebrated their seventh graduation ceremony with colour, pomp and jubilation despite the chilly weather. Sixty-seven graduands matched down the walkway with poise knowing that their efforts had availed much including an honourable degree.

The three guest speakers, Ganoune Diop (PhD), Ademola Tayo (PhD) and Samuel Makori (DMin) wonderfully graced the occasion from 8 to 10 June 2018.

In his commencement speech, Dr Diop, the Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC), stated that “Degrees are just tools to proclaim the most excellent one—Jesus Christ . . . Our real calling is connected to love. Without it, any excellence is an illusion." After which he quoted from the passage in 1 Corinthians 13. He urged the graduates and audience to look to Jesus—the face of excellence and the most excellent One. He crowned it when he blessed the audience as he flawlessly recited Psalm 23 in Hebrew.

During the Baccalaureate service, Dr Tayo, the President/Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, asked: “Where in the midst of existence does our training have relevance for the society today?” He responded profoundly by stating “Your training has prepared you to serve the world; to transform the world. Existence is not meaningful by living to be served but to serve.”

Dr Makori, the East Kenya Union Conference President, reminded the audience of Christ’s attitude of humility without which “the most talented and gifted people are the most dangerous people in the world.” He tickled the audience when he narrated how he rode on a motorcycle—something he had never experienced—from the city so as to make it in time for the graduation programme. He challenged the graduates to live above mediocrity and to be “excellent in all things, even in the least of all things.”

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Delbert Baker charged the graduates to “Go on, Go on, Go on . . . Go on!”

The graduates poured heartfelt tributes to God for the strength to endure academic trials and tribulations; to families—spouses and children—who sacrificed and denied themselves; and to the University administration, faculty, staff and sponsors. The GC and the three African Divisions in Sub-Sahara Africa--East-Central Africa (ECD), Southern Africa-Indian Ocean (SID) and West-Central Africa (WAD)--were saluted for bringing the Adventist University of Africa within the reach of most students in Africa.

One of the graduating students in Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, John Njagi, saluted "the General Conference for bringing Adventist education closer and within reach of most Africans through establishing the Adventist University of Africa in Africa."

The Launch of the of the African Seventh-day Adventist History Website 

The University equally launched the African Seventh-day Adventist History (ASAH) website during the same graduation weekend. ASAH, created and operated by the University, is a one-stop shop for free information, documents and materials on the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sub-Saharan Africa. The website was born out of a partnership with the three African Divisions of the Church in Subsaharan Africa: East-Central Africa Division (ECD), West-Central Africa Division (WAD) and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID). The website can be accessed via www.africansdahistory.org.

 

Call for Applications for Faculty Position

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SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
CALL FOR APPLICATION FOR FACULTY POSITION

The School of Postgraduate Studies of the Adventist University of Africa announces a faculty position in the Leadership program. The successful applicant should be willing to take up the position by January 1, 2019.


Qualifications and Skills Required:
1. An earned PhD in Strategic Leadership or Organizational Leadership.
2. Competent to teach and direct graduate studies and research in Master of Arts (MA) and PhD in Leadership programs.
3. Able to work with students and faculty in a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds in an international setting.
4. Ability to combine cross-cultural competencies and critical thinking skills for effective communication.


Required Work Experience:
1. Minimum of five (5) years’ experience as Associate Professor in a postgraduate environment coupled with the ability to integrate faith and learning.
2. Loyal to the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church evidenced by membership and active involvement in a local church.
3. Preferably ten (10) years full-time university teaching experience, five (5) of which should be at the graduate level.
4. Scholarly presentations and publications (at least 10 academic publications in the discipline).
5. Evidence of Supervision of thesis and dissertation.


Duties:
1. Teach courses in M. A. and PhD in Leadership of NOT less than 5 courses per year.
2. Advise and/or supervise Master’s and PhD theses and dissertations as would be assigned by Head of Department
3. Serve in thesis and dissertation committees of the School of Postgraduate Studies.
4. Engage in community service as will be called upon from time to time.
5. Perform any other assigned responsibilities of the university.


Method of Application:
All applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Office of the University with certified copies of academic qualifications, portfolio detailing academic qualifications, work experience, research and publications, and family data. In addition, three recommendations: two from university administrators and one from a church administrator should accompany the application.
All applications with supporting with documents should be submitted electronically or mailed to Human Resources Office by August 30, 2018, using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Human Resources
The Adventist University of Africa
Advent Hill
Magadi Road, Ongata Rongai
P.O. Private Bag Mbagathi
00503 Nairobi- Kenya.

NEW Programme - PhD in Religion

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Admissions are ongoing for a new programme in PhD in Religion. 

The specific goal of the PhD in Religion programme is to develop highly educated and committed lifelong scholars, who possess the right knowledge, the ethical values, communication competence and relational skills, independent academic research competencies; who know how to use appropriate biblical methodologies, analyze and present findings that may advance knowledge and mission, and analytical thinking so that they may contribute effectively to various educational institutions operated by the Adventist Church in Africa and globally as well as provide services as may be needed in the larger society. . . . READ MORE

The Trinity and the Bible ATS Symposium


The second annual theological symposium, The Trinity and the Bible of Adventist Theological Society (ATS) AUA Chapter, took place at the Adventist University of Africa from May 3-5, 2018.

Although the doctrine of the Trinity for the Seventh-day Adventist Church is one of the central and foundational biblical teachings, there are believers, who have gone back in history to defend the anti-Trinitarian position of the pioneers, not mentioning zealous Jehovah’s Witnesses and the overloaded internet with numberless theologically distorted interpretations about the three Persons of the Godhead. That’s one reason, among many others, why there was a great need to organize this symposium. The goal was to clarify such questions, as the deity and pre-existence of Christ, the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity concept in both Old and New Testaments, and why the doctrine of the Godhead was resisted by some of the leading pioneers.

It is also vitally important to emphasize that the understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity will affect, in one way or other, one’s beliefs in regard to the dynamics of one’s multi-functional aspects of salvation, Great Controversy, and that, as the spokes of the wheel come together at the hub, so also all the biblical doctrines are deeply ingrained in the center of all centers, the doctrine of Trinity.

And so, the Symposium was blessed by the presentations of theologians as Dr. Clinton Wahlen from Bible Research Institute (BRI), who addressed the mind-challenging topic on The Trinity and Incarnation. Dr. Frank Hasel, who also represented BRI, tackled the doctrine of The Divinity and Personality of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Ron Du Preez addressed Jesus, as the “Son of God” in Scripture: Proof of Descent, Dependence, or Deity? Dr. Anna Galeniece from AUA emphasized the growing understanding and development of the doctrine of the Trinity among Adventist pioneers by focusing on her presentation on The Heavenly Trio in Ellen White’s Writings.

Interesting documentary insights were shared by Dr. Michael Campbell from AIIAS), who discussed various theological aspects of The Trinity Debate at the 1919 Bible Conference and The Trinity of Adventist Hymnody. Of special interest were presentations of Dr. Kelvin Onongha, The Trinity, Missio Dei and Task of Missions and Dr. Sampson Nwaomah’s paper, dealing with The Trinity in the Gospel of Luke. Dr. Davidson Razafiarivony did a very elaborate Greek syntactical-grammatical analysis referring to Granville Sharp’s Rule and the Deity of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. When God Himself Speaks of Himself was the emphasis of Dr. Eriks Galenieks’ exegetical-theological paper. It focused on seven passages, which in their immediate, intertextual, and grammatical context dealt with the Trinity concept. The symposium concluded with an insightful, vibrant, and interesting question-and-answer period or the Panel discussion, moderated by Peter Kereri.

The symposium was attended by AUA students, church members from the neighbouring SDA churches, and visitors from the surrounding community. The symposium was a great success as it brought to light a number of current challenges, which the Adventist community is forced to face. On the other hand, such biblically and hermeneutically sound messages shared at the ATS AUA Chapter symposium should be heard by thousands of Adventists and non-Adventists.

ATS AUA Chapter hopes to publish all the presentations, including the sermons preached, in a book, by the end of July 2018, for distribution among students, surrounding communities, and those interested in the doctrine of the Trinity.

 

by Eriks Galenieks, PhD
ATS AUA Chapter President

Call for Applications for Theological Studies Faculty

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The Theological Seminary of the Adventist University of Africa announces a faculty position in Systematic Theology. The successful applicant should be willing to take up the position by January 03, 2019.

Qualifications and Skills Required:
1. An Earned Doctoral degree (PhD) in Systematic Theology with a cognate in Adventist Heritage, Applied Theology or Church History.
2. Competent to teach and direct graduate studies and research in Systematic Theology and Adventist Heritage or Applied Theology.
3. Able to work with students and faculty in a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds in an international setting.

Required Work Experience:
1. Minimum of five years of ministerial experience.
2. A holder of ministerial credential of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Candidates not carrying a current endorsement from the division BMTE should apply immediately for endorsement.
3. Loyal to the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church evidenced by membership and active involvement in a local church.
4. Preferably a minimum of six (6) years full-time university teaching experience, three of which should be at the graduate level.
5. Scholarly presentations and publications (at least six academic publications in the discipline).
6. Evidence of Supervision of thesis and dissertation.

Duties:
1. Teach Systematic Theology courses and courses in the area of cognate as would be assigned.
2. Advise Master's and PhD thesis and dissertations as would be assigned.
3. Serve in thesis and dissertation committees of the Seminary as would be assigned.
4. Engage in community service.
5. Perform any other assigned responsibilities by the university.

Method of Application: All applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Office of the University with certified copies of academic qualifications, portfolio detailing academic qualifications, work experience, research and publications, and family data. In addition, three recommendations: two from university administrators and one from a church administrator should accompany the application.

All applications with supporting documents should be submitted electronically or mailed to Human Resources Office by June 28, 2018, using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Human Resources
The Adventist University of Africa
Adventist Hill
Magadi Road, Ongata Rongai
P.O. Private Bag Mbagathi
00503 Nairobi-Kenya