UMA COMPREENSÃO MISSIOLÓGICA DA COVID-19 (Understanding Missiology in the Era of COVID-19)

Understanding Missiology in the Era of COVID-19
The novel coronavirus pandemic forced Christian churches around the world to revisit their fundamental self-understanding and activities. Through ethnographic lenses, the researchers analyze reactions and adaptations in face of COVID-19 by religious leaders from Southern California, USA. Having one of the authors as an observant-participant, the article includes a case study of the Glendale City Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Based on the concept of intersectionality, a theoretical framework to understand how one’s identities and experiences combined produce advantages and disadvantages, the article proposes the primacy of the epistemic logic of love, according to 1 Corinthians 13. As per this scenario, what would be an appropriate missiological understanding of COVID-19?

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Does your church have a welcome sign? Stephen Chavez, an assistant editor of Adventist Review, discusses what it means to be a welcoming Adventist Congregation.

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Insights from Our Sister Religions in Interfaith Series

Todd Leonard, senior pastor of the Glendale City Church in Glendale, California, has helped to organize a lecture series to hear how other faiths perceive the new world. In this interview, he tells about the Imam, the Father and the Rabbi who are presenting this series and what Adventists can learn from people of other religions.

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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…

Read more at Los Angeles Times