NEWS ABOUT THE NORTH AMERICAN DIVISION
Adventist World Session BeginsSome 60,000 Seventh-day Adventists have begun arriving in Toronto for the city's largest convention ever. For the next ten days of the Adventist World Session 2000, meetings and events will fill the SkyDome and Metro Toronto Convention Centre and spill out into other venues around the city. This event, the Adventist Church's top meeting, is held in a different city every five years. It brings together 2,000 delegates and thousands of interested Adventists representing church communities in more than 200 countries.
Daily satellite broadcasts in 40 languages to more than 150 countries around the world will enable an even wider audience for the programs and events of the session. " 'Toronto 2000' shows the Adventist Church in action," says Gerry Karst, spokesperson for the event. "Reviewing progress, future planning and leadership elections are all part of the process, while for many others the highlight will be the opportunity to meet together and share in this international festival."
Ray Dabrowski, communication director for the World Church, says that the event "showcases the amazing unity in diversity of the Adventist Church."
"One of the purposes of the G.C. Session is to celebrate its unity and diversityits world-wide dimension." Lowell Cooper, General Vice President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
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Unveiling of the Canada Post Seventh-day Adventist Commemorative Stamp
Unveiling of Sculpture: "The King Is Coming"A sculpture by renowned American sculptor Victor Issa was unveiled during the Session opening ceremony. The artwork, depicting the second coming of Christ, represents the Adventist hope in the soon return of Christ. Featuring 12 life-sized bronze images, the work represents, in three dimensions, one of the central beliefs of the Adventist churchthe second coming of Jesus to Earth.
"Words that one usually wouldn't use to describe hard, shiny metal seem to come easily to those who stand among the pieces of this bronze sculpture," says Charlotte McClure, public relations director for the Adventist Church worldwide.
All 12 pieces of the sculpture will be permanently installed in the lobby of the World Church headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, in late August.
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