Elder Ron Whitehead, known literally the world over as “Pastor Ron,” who serves the Lake Union Conference as Youth Director, after attending three street-level healing events, has brought reports to the LUC president, sharing how he went to these events to represent the church to our youth and young adults.
He went to hear their angst, help them process their feelings, and aid them by a ministry of presence, letting them know that the church does indeed care and shares their concern of serving as advocates for those less fortunate, regardless of the cause or reason.
Watch march in Minneapolis here.
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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