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Adventist Congregations on Both Coasts Reach out to LGBT Communities after Orlando Shooting

The Glendale City Adventist Church in Glendale, California will host a community vigil to honor the victims tomorrow (Tuesday, June 14). From 11:00 am to 7:30 pm, the doors of the sanctuary will be open for mourning and reflection. At 7:30 pm, the church will host a service of remembrance. A media release for the event provided…

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Tightrope Walkers

Todd Leonard is the Lead Pastor at Glendale City Church, which is in my conference. Months ago, he approached me about taking action to address the race relations issues that are sadly prevalent not only in the larger society but in our very own conference. I’m grateful for that. Todd is White. And, no, he obviously doesn’t speak for his entire ethnic group (just as the actions of no single individual becomes the representation of their entire people group). But having him take the initiative was necessary. It demonstrated that there was a desire by individuals within the majority culture to tear down the walls of separation.

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Glendale City Church to hear from Senate chaplain

Rear Adm. Barry Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, will speak at 11 a.m. next Saturday at Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave.

Black served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, culminating as chief of Navy Chaplains. He has written two books: his autobiography in 2006 titled “From the Hood to the Hill” and “The Blessing of Adversity” in 2011….

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Intersections: How a church became a beacon of acceptance

Around 30 years ago in the middle of a Bible study class at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glendale, something close to a miracle took place.

It was the 1980s. The AIDS epidemic, and the panic that went along with it, was in full force. But Carlos Martinez needed to tell his truth. And so, on a Wednesday morning, while sitting with 30 senior women, Martinez listened to the worries of a mother whose son had died from cirrhosis of the liver and the anguish she felt at how beatings at home could have driven him to become an alcoholic…

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Intersections: A church in Glendale stands out for its inclusiveness

Carlos Martinez knew what a difference the Seventh-day Adventist Glendale City Church had made in his life. When he told his Bible study group he was gay, he received overwhelming love and support. When he slowly succumbed to AIDS, he received visitors from church around the clock at a time when no one dared to interact with AIDS patients. When he died, Rudy Torres remembers 900 people attending his funeral…

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Glendale Congregation Becomes First Adventist Peace Church

The Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glendale, CA, is the first congregation to be certified as a “peace church” by the Adventist Peace Fellowship (APF). In order to join “the Adventist Peace Church network, churches must demonstrate a serious long-term commitment to certain core values and ongoing practical actions in their local communities,” states the APF website.

Todd Leonard, the congregation’s senior pastor, explained to Adventist Today why he values service and social values in ministry: “I really feel that bringing peace into communities…seems to be at the heart of the gospel. From what I read in the prophets, from looking at what Jesus did during his ministry and then carried on in the early church, there appears to be this work to include more people…in the blessings of God…

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Church Joins Hands with Community to Help Glendale Residents Out of Poverty

“We’re working with people who are in poverty, to help them avoid slipping into homelessness,” explained Todd Leonard, senior pastor of the Glendale City church, “and get back to a place of stability.”

Leonard was speaking of the Glendale Communitas Initiative, which the church began in March 2015 to help make a difference among underserved residents in Glendale. About a dozen Glendale Christian churches, seven nonprofit organizations and a couple of city agencies are partnering with the congregation in reaching out. “The building of friendships across faith traditions has opened up wonderful collaborative opportunities,” said Leonard. “Churches serve together on community projects and enhance each others’ ministries so they can serve their neighborhoods more effectively…

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