10th Anniversary Programme

 

Join us! As we celebrate ten years of academic excellence and service within the circle of God’s Providence. All programmes shall run in the AUA Campus, in front of the Judith Thomas Library. 

The programme times are as below:

Thanksgiving Service: Friday, October 28, 2016, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Sabbath School: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 9.00am to 10.30am

Divine Service: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10.45am to 12.30pm

Anniversary Tribute: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2.30pm to 5.00pm

Sabbath Evening: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Rely on Christ - Devotion by Ted Wilson

This morning, Wednesday 26th October 2016, the President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor Ted Wilson, led in the morning devotion at the Adventist University of Africa Auditorium.

Pastor Wilson made reference to 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, behoving the audience to have total reliance on God and complete focus on Him despite the challenges. Why? Because God’s grace is sufficient. He spoke on the devil’s strategies to distract, disappoint, and destabilize the Church’s core purpose of service and mission. He implored the faculty, staff, and students to personally and daily concentrate themselves to God and seek to be humble themselves.

 Further, he spoke of AUA’s critical role in providing stability in the theological, spiritual and mission dimensions of the Church through education. He encouraged AUA to stand as a beacon of light not only amidst the Advent Hill community but also to the surrounding region, Kenya, and across Africa.

The President emphasized on total faculty involvement, total staff involvement, and total student involvement. This he spoke in relation to total member involvement, the overarching theme of the Church for this quinquennium, 2016 to 2020. He asked the congregation to prepare people for the Second Advent and to teach others to accept the righteousness of Christ. 

Pastor Ted Wilson is visiting the East-Central Africa Division (ECD) for the annual-end year meetings. This event coincides with AUA’s 10 Anniversary Celebration that runs from 28th to 29th October 2016. Pr. Ted and his wife, Nancy, have a lifetime passionate commitment of serving Christ and preparing others for His soon return.

Do Something!

The Third AUA Annual International Conference took place on the 8th to 11th September 2016. The overarching theme was Social Responsibility: The Ethics of Caring for the World that we live in.

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The keynote speakers were Dr. Basharat Masih, Director of Clinical Operations at the Adventist Chaplaincy Institute of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Dr. Odeyemi Akintayo, Executive Director of ADRA Africa. Akintayo appealed to each conference participant to wake up and “do something” at an individual level for the community and for the Lord. Masih shared a section of his personal life testimony and of God’s continual favour upon his life and his family. He prayed that the Adventist Church would move from a mere informational community to a transformational body of believers.

basharat masihVarious research papers were presented by other speakers ranging from issues dealing with corporate social responsibility (CSR) and poverty, moral absolutes in relation to situational ethics, food safety, stewardship awareness and environmental practice, occupational health and safety, and the church’s social responsibility. Exegesis from the Bible and understanding from the Spirit of Prophecy was extensively elaborated.
Case studies from Equity Bank, Mukuru kwa Njenga informal settlement, food vendors in Kenya and Uganda were presented. A recurring theme revolved around the disconnect between social responsibility awareness vis-a-vis actual action, and also individual social responsibility vis-a-vis corporate social responsibility. Another interesting research presentation revealed that there was a relationship between happiness and giving—that the more people gave the happier they were.

Another interesting research presentation revealed that there was a relationship between happiness and giving—that the more people gave the happier they were.

One presenter called for a radical shift from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to Christian Social Responsibility (ChSR). ChSR is a higher mandate to Christians that calls for a lifestyle—and not sporadic events—but a lifestyle of sacrificial giving, selfless care of the needy and benevolent acts of kindness regardless of race, tribe, gender, and/or calibre.

One point that was made several times is the concern of a Christian Social Responsibility is embedded within the relationship one has with Christ. The commission to go to the world and be the salt and light of the world is not human-sourced but divine-sourced and hence helps avoid the extremes of activism. In the end, it is all to the glory of God.

Research Conference 2016

The participants of the Research Conference affirmed that social responsibility is a Divine Imperative, born in the Christian out of love for God and His creation, both animate and inanimate. They further confirmed that social responsibility is based on a spirit of cooperation and self-disinterested service, with the conviction that Jesus is the Answer to human need that we are His people and therefore, we are His hands, His feet, and His heart in the World.

For more on the 2016 Research Conference Resolutions click here.

The AUA Research Director, Dr. Susan Baker challenged the participants to commit to one or two SMART goals on social responsibility following the conference, get an accountability partner, and execute by God’s grace. She encouraged the members to share their success stories and challenges as a follow-up to the Research Conference.

 

 

Social Responsibility: The Ethics of Caring for the World We Live In

 

“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main... 

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to

know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” --John Donne

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The concept of social responsibility has become a catchword in recent years due to several problems facing our world today. Pollution, terrorism, climate change, population displacements, civil wars, emerging diseases from animals to humans (e.g. ebola), poverty, politics, human rights, among others are critical issues frightening our world. On the other hand, what opportunities do these challenges present to us as Christians? How do we respond to needs in the community and around the world?

In a broad sense, social responsibility is a moral obligation. It is necessary to consider the implications of our actions on other individuals, the community, and society at large. We have only one world, and we are all citizens of it. If we fail to care for the world and those who live in it, we ourselves will be affected by the suffering. God created us to be social beings and He expects us to care about each other’s welfare.

Through thought-provoking presentations, participants around the globe are invited to exchange research ideas and insights by addressing the broad range of issues that constitute social responsibility in all its forms in line with the conference,

 

Topics that will be handled include the following but not limited to:

  • Environmental social responsibility
  • Corporate governance and accountability
  • Biblical perspectives and Spirit of Prophecy on social responsibility
  • Social responsibility and technology/social media
  • Social responsibility and health
  • Social responsibility and leadership
  • Organizations’ stakeholders and social responsibility
  • Human crises and social responsibility
  • Socially responsible investing and divesting
  • The ethics of care and social responsibility
  • Income and social responsibility

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