Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

January 2019

Manassas students work together to catch and study bugs.

“I believe young children need to be spending more time in nature,” says Ruth Davis, the MAPS teacher who initiated the program. “With the rise of technology and many of my students living in the city, most don’t get a lot of time outdoors. Children learn as they play, and, more importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.”

Just blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the Adventist Health Policy Association (AHPA) has opened a new office. AHPA is an affiliation of five Seventh-day Adventist healthcare systems, including Adventist HealthCare in Maryland and Kettering Adventist HealthCare Network in Ohio.

John Rengifo, associate pastor at the Atholton church, talks with Obie Chinemere, Baltimore regional director for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Nelu Burcea, associate director of PARL for the General Conference

Zainab Chaudry, Maryland outreach director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said, “I feel like it is very important to have these kind of events, especially on days like today—Religious Freedom Day—Because it is a reminder of the work that needs to be done to continue to protect religious freedom and religious pluralism in our country, especially when so many houses of worship and so many faith communities are being targeted by hatred, bigotry and intolerance. … It is an affirmation of our shared values towards one another’s liberty and existence and security.”