Former Lake Union Conference President extended a formal apology to Lake Region Conference. Under the leadership of Elder Don Livesay, at a Lake Region camp meeting, a formal apology was made to the Lake Region Conference for injustices of the past. Elder Livesay was visionary in making said remarks and his statements were reflective of the spirit of our pioneers who actively engaged in breaking down racial barriers. His apology was well received by those at the encampment.
Elder Livesay followed up this important event with a Journey to Healing event at the Village Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where multiple guests were invited to participate in a panel discussion to speak to the uneasy issue of race relations. Virtually every conference in the Lake Union was represented at this watershed event where many left gratified that discussion transpired at Elder Livesay’s behest.
Moving forward, as the official birthplace of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and stewards of the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus Christ has committed into our hands to reconcile man to both God and each other, we are committed to be conduits of Christ-like behavior and catalysts for change as we pray regularly and take actions to undergird three Lake Union executive committee strategies of leadership development, discipleship training and starting a movement of the Holy Spirit in our churches and communities in this quinquennium. We will continue to engage the Adventist faith community by continuing to resource our local conferences and schools, and engaging and encouraging our health systems to continue to hire employees of diverse backgrounds, especially those persons of African descent who are sparsely represented at the leadership level of our multiple health systems.
Maurice R. Valentine
Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist