A House Divided (4C): The One Point of Order No One Raised at the GC Session 2015

  (This is article 8 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) General Conference Session Vote We looked at the Pacific Union Constituency vote and at the perspectives and arguments raised about the constitutionality of the proceedings. We know the three positions that emerged from the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC). Barry Oliver […]

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A House Divided (4A): Words Matter…“Generally”

  (This is article 6 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) Introduction  In this article, we build all the conceptual legal elements that are the building blocks for the current debate over the role of unions. After examining relevant policy language, legal precedent, administrative precedent, and dissolution scenarios we will be able to […]

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A House Divided (3): Catholic or Adventist – Evaluating Pro-Union Arguments

  (This is article 5 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) This article critiques the constitutional theory and historical arguments regarding the expansionist role of Unions and the limitations of scope of authority of the General Conference in Session. As we saw from the first article, the Adventist church derives its structure from […]

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A House Divided (2A): Adventism’s Brief Experiment with a ‘King’

  (This is article 3 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) Introduction: When the Sabbatarian Adventists organized the General Conference on May 21, 1863, the almost two decades-long debate over the issue of whether to organize or not, died a quiet death. From here on out, the ‘fights’ shifted to the scope of […]

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A House Divided (1A): The Constitutional Arguments for the Unions & the General Conference

  (This is article 1 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) At the last Annual Council, the General Conference executive committee gave a “Year of Grace” to the Unions that are currently at variance from General Conference Policy. During this year, discussions took place at levels of the church in the form of […]

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