Pastor/teacher conference sponsored by Loma Linda University libraries
Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice chancellor for spiritual life and wholeness, Loma Linda University, addresses the attendees to the 2006 pastor/teacher conference.
On April 3, 2006, more than 100 pastors from across Southern California participated in the seventh annual pastor/teacher conference, sponsored by the LLU libraries department of archives & special collections and branch office of the Ellen G. White estate in affiliation with the Geoscience Research Institute.
“During the past few years there have been several conferences on science and religion, and this particular conference was designed to be faith-building while facilitating dialogue—particularly as it relates to Ellen White and Adventist history,” says Michael W. Campbell, associate chair of archives & special collections and associate director of the Ellen G. White estate branch office.
The conference began with a devotional by John Brunt, PhD, senior pastor of the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Terrace. The morning sessions included two keynote presentations: Gary Land, PhD, chair of the history department at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, gave a historical overview of science and religion in the nineteenth-century. This was followed by a presentation by John Baldwin, PhD, professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., that looked at the theological implications of these issues.
A catered lunch was graciously provided by the James F. Barnard Heritage Room Endowment. During the afternoon there were several additional presentations. Timothy Standish, PhD, rese
Attendees to the conference included pastors and teachers from across the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
arch fellow at the Geoscience Research Institute, and Mr. Campbell presented a paper on Ellen White’s problematic use of the term “amalgamation.”
Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice-chancellor for spiritual life and wholeness, Loma Linda University, followed with a paper titled “Hitching Theology to Science: Ellen White on Ways of Knowing Truth.” The day concluded with a panel discussion with questions from the audience to the various presenters.
“We appreciated the quality program on science and religion the White estate branch office at Loma Linda University recently provided our clergy,” says Ernie Furness, ministerial director for Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
“The choice of speakers was excellent and the material presented was relevant. The practical conversation between the resources of the Estate and practicing clergy focusing on contemporary issues is continually needed. It not only serves to build a pastor’s faith, it encourages more effective ministry.”
The department of archives & special collections and the White estate branch office are committed to fostering research and scholarship and exploring ways to build faith.
“Continuing education is a part of the lifelong learning that Loma Linda University seeks to promote,” says Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH, vice chancellor for academic affairs, Loma Linda University.
“The University provides continuing education in the various health professions.”
By Dustin R. Jones, MA