The North American Division has put together a series of links to offer guidance about vaccines from national and international health organizations, the General Conference, and healthcare experts. The COVID-19 vaccine is highlighted in particular. Also included here are practical articles, NAD statements, and more.
This week the number of open hospital beds in Oregon dropped precipitously as the cases of COVID in the Pacific Northwest increased each day. In response, the state has issued new indoor public space mask mandates for everyone over the age of 5. While there are a couple of exceptions, when swimming, eating, singing performance or public speaking, this rule does apply to all of our Oregon entities; schools, churches, and community service centers.
Walla Walla University announced Thursday afternoon, May 20, in a campus-wide e-mail from the university’s president, John McVay, that it will host four smaller, in-person commencement programs on its College Place, Wash., campus during the weekend of June 11-13, 2021.
Dr. Tom L. Evans, Oregon Conference Outreach Ministries director, has accepted an invitation to serve as CEO of Child Impact International (CII), headquartered in Ooltewah, Tenn. He will conclude his responsibilities in Oregon on August 1.
On May 15, 2021, the North American Division will broadcast this symposium on COVID-19 vaccines. Healthcare professionals, communication experts, and church theologians will gather to help make sure church members are well informed when deciding whether to take the vaccine.
“These past several months have been extremely stressful for pastors and church leaders as we’ve tried to navigate a pandemic situation for which none of us have ever prepared. With the addition of Elder Rick Jordan to our Ministerial team, we will be able to provide more support to our pastoral staff as we negotiate the steps toward reopening our churches and re-engaging our communities."