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Ontario Conference’s First-Ever Virtual Day of Worship Reaches 22K+ Globally

When Ontario Conference’s directors and administrators first envisioned July 18’s Virtual Day of Worship, they had modest expectations. It would be nice, they figured, if churches and members from across the province were able to worship together after months of separation. They hoped the program would encourage members in a year in which the quinquennial General Conference Session of Seventh-day Adventists, as well as most major in-person Conference events, had been cancelled or postponed.
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G. Alexander Bryant Named North American Division President

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s General Conference Executive Committee voted to elect Bryant on July 9, 2020.

On July 9, 2020, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s General Conference Executive Committee met virtually to receive the name of G. Alexander Bryant, the recommendation for division president, from both the North American Division’s nominating committee and executive committee. Bryant was confirmed in a vote of 153 to 5.
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Ministerial Meetings Focus on Church in the New Normal

On Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Ontario Conference administrators hosted virtual ministerial meetings for pastors across the Conference, grouped by church size. The sessions offered pastors the opportunity to reflect on ministry in this challenging time, get updates on our Conference’s economic status and discuss strategies for reopening.

 
In his opening devotional, Ontario Conference president, Pastor Mansfield Edwards, acknowledged that our world is forever changed, and the way we do church must also change. A global pandemic has left us worshipping, working and learning from home since March. Another major shift has been the global outrage over racial injustice spurred by the death of George Floyd, a black American, at the hands of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin. Forever etched in our collective memory are his final words –“I can’t breathe.” As Edwards stated, “By beholding, there has been a lot of change, and these changes have brought individuals to be confronted by a reality of inequities and injustice around the world.”

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"A Time for Compassion and Healing: Our Christ-Centered Mission"

A message from Ted N.C. Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

In this time of pain and unrest across the United States, our hearts continue to go out in sympathy to all who have suffered, and especially to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, whose lives ended tragically.

As Seventh-day Adventists, we stand together worldwide in condemning racism, bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and violence in all of its myriad forms. We know that God is a God of justice, who sees and knows all, and we look to Him to fulfill His Word when He says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Romans 12:19).

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Ontario Conference George Floyd Press Release

Ontario Conference Response to Racially Influenced Deaths in the United States

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We at Ontario Conference cannot remain silent in the face of such injustices as the recent, senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury and Breonna Taylor in the United States. In a time of crisis, the May 25 death of George Floyd was the latest example of a man’s inhumanity to a fellowman, resulting in a strong emotional response worldwide, including Ontario. In the aftermath of these devastating losses, we grieve with the Floyd, Arbury and Taylor families. We grieve with people around the world. We grieve with you. 
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