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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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We look forward to welcoming you to Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi – Kenya

SOP Symposium: The Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy and the Church

The first historic Spirit of Prophecy (SOP) Symposium in Africa titled The Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Church took place from Wednesday evening, 27th July 2016 to 30th July 2016 at the Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Symposium was organized by the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office in collaboration with the Ellen G. White Estate. It was graced by 181 church leaders, pastors and lay people from across the African continent. These were representatives from all the three Divisions in Africa as well as the General Conference.

The opening presentation by Dr. Merlin Burt, the director of the White Estate Branch Office at Andrews University, was on The Foundational Orientation of Ellen White’s Prophetic Ministry. He revealed how Ellen White was a prophet “to” Scripture and all her writings intentionally focused toward the Bible and the love of God in Jesus Christ. The Bible and not her writings are to be the basis for all doctrinal faith and practice. Ellen White endeavoured to present the matchless charms of Christ to all men. She brought out the depth and breadth of the humanity of Christ Jesus and the parental love of the Heavenly Father.

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Elder James Nix, the director of the Ellen G. White Estate, General Conference, lavished the delegates with story after story of the person, Ellen White. One delegate commented it was like “sitting by the fire, with grandpa telling stories.”

 

The Friday vespers program was filled with beautiful hymns and songs that Ellen White loved, weaved in with several narratives by Elder Nix to the audience. The congregation crescendoed with the hymn “Sweet By and By,” which was the last known hymn that Sis. White sang two weeks before her death on 16th July 1915.

 

 

Some of the topics that were addressed during this Symposium included the historical reflections and Sola Scriptura, revelation and inspiration of God in the Writings of Ellen White, and the guiding principles on studying and practical application to the Bible and Ellen White’s writings. These were presented by Dr. Alberto Timm, associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate, Dr. Anna Galeniece, director of the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office (EGWEBO) at Adventist University of Africa.

Other presenters spoke on various aspects of the Spirit of Prophecy in relation to EGW’s contribution to work of the church, effective diversity leadership habits, developing love for Ellen White counsels in the 21st century, reaching the millennials, Adventist education in Africa, health reform, contemporary prophetic ministry in Africa, mission leadership, and worship.

The rigour and thoroughness of the presenters was very impressive as some delegates commented. In fact, one delegate, a district pastor from Zimbabwe, said he was personally challenged to organise a similar Symposium in his territory. One young delegate affirmed that he would “read and apply, reread and apply” the counsels of Ellen White on his personal life.

Another church leader from the Uganda Union Conference confessed to that fact that the Symposium had helped him see Sister White’s personal spirituality to a deeper level. He spoke of how, prior to the Symposium, he “would scheme through her books for counsel on a few things here and there, but never quite seen her for who she really was—gentle, kind, courteous, human—a person just like us!”   

The Symposium closed with a Consensus Statement of which the delegates reaffirmed their “unconditional commitment to the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and to the theological and practical guidance and end-time applications given in Ellen White’s writings.” 

Upcoming SOP Symposium 27-30 July 2016

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The staff of the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office (EGWEBO) at Adventist University of Africa welcome each one of you to this grand event on the African continent – the first Spirit of Prophecy Symposium titled The Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy and the Church.

EGWEBO was officially opened on 12 November 2013. It has been committed to acquiring and preserving a complete collection of Ellen G. White writings in their duplicate forms together with other church heritage materials. At the same time, the staff assist the patrons in their research and promote the life, ministry, and writings of God’s messenger across the continent.

 

In 2015, the Seventh-day Adventist Church commemorated 100 years since the death of Ellen White. This fact testifies that with every passing year, there is a widening gap between her time and our time, and the interpretation of her writings in relation to the African culture. While the majority of Adventists in Africa believe in the Spirit of Prophecy, there are many who have not fully embraced the message as it should be because of one or another reason. That is why this symposium's purpose is to bring people’s attention back to the writings of Ellen White while uplifting Jesus Christ and His Word in the contemporary Adventist Church in Africa.

 

We hope that you will be blessed by the presentations, Question-and-Answer sessions, inspirational thoughts, singing, prayers, fellowship, and meals together. Enjoy the symposium and be richly blessed!

 

The key presenters from the White Estate at the General Conference, together with other presenters from the continent are going to deal with biblical and SOP topics on the given theme during the 27-30 July 2016 event.

The registration fee of USD 50 is in effect only before the 30th of June, 2016. After this date, the registration fee in effect will be USD 55. The fee includes three lunches (Thursday, Friday, and Sabbath) and a banquet-style dinner on Thursday evening.

Lodging is not included in the price, and its reservations will be made and paid by the attendees themselves.

For registration and inquiries please contact Mercy Chebichiy

 at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call +254-733-333-451(2).

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