Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Africa

 David Williams, keynote speaker at the Research Conference

 An intensely exciting and meaningful international occasion took place over the past weekend at the Adventist University of Africa. It was the 4th Annual Research Conference by the School of Postgraduate Studies held from 13th to 15th September 2018. The Conference theme “Sustainability Development Goals (SDG): Transforming Africa” was considerably researched, applied and presented by over 50 researchers.

Who would have known that such a topic could be made to have such significance to so many people in the Seventh-day Adventist context to the Adventist and non-Adventist attendees? The seventeen international goals were so appreciably dissected over the three-day conference.

Further, the special featured guests: Dr. David Williams, US, and Dr. Anne Nangulu, Kenya, Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) Africa and other devotional speakers were exceptional. Practical, sound, well-researched data and its application were presented. Renown Dr Williams presented papers on health such as depression, stress, healthy and unhealthy spirituality. He closely linking research data with Scripture and the writings of Ellen White.

Find his presentations by following this link: Dr David Williams Presentations

The precise planning, great spirit, careful coordination and Adventist applications were deeply and widely appreciated by the more than 100 attendees from all three African Divisions and from some 30 plus countries from Africa and around the world in person.

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Call for Applications for Faculty in Chaplaincy

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CALL FOR APPLICATION FOR FACULTY IN CHAPLAINCY

The Theological Seminary of the Adventist University of Africa announces a faculty position in Chaplaincy. The successful applicant should be willing to take up the position by the first quarter of 2019.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  1. An earned doctoral degree in Applied Theology with a cognate in Chaplaincy or Christian Counseling.
  2. Minimum of four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and Board Certification (BCC) from a recognized body.
  3. Competent to teach and direct graduate studies and research in Chaplaincy and Applied Theology.
  4. 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 four years of experience in chaplaincy practice.
  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. A minimum of  (4) years full-time university teaching experience with two of those years preferably at the graduate level.
  5. Scholarly presentations and publications (at least four academic publications in the discipline).
  6. Evidence of supervision of project and dissertation.

Duties:

  1. Teach courses in Chaplaincy and in Applied Theology as would be assigned.
  2. Advise Masters projects and DMin dissertations as would be assigned.
  3. Serve in project and dissertation committees of the Seminary as would be assigned.
  4. Collaborate with Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, local healthcare, educational,  and other institutions for the delivery of the university chaplaincy programme.
  5. Engage in community service.
  6. 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 November 15, 2018, using  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or:

The Human Resources
The Adventist University of Africa
P.O. Private Bag Mbagathi
00503 Nairobi-Kenya

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

AUA Celebrates its 7th Graduation

 

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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.

 

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