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The Columbia Union Conference coordinates the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Mid-Atlantic United States, where 140,000 members worship in 843 congregations. We provide administrative support to eight conferences; two healthcare networks; 100 early childhood, elementary and secondary schools; a liberal arts university; a health sciences college; a dozen community services centers; 5 book and health food stores and a radio station.

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God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one,
all-knowing yet all-forgiving.

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We are living through an unprecedented time, and while we are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus, we know that we serve an almighty God who sees, who cares and who is an ever-present help in times of trouble. As we journey this crisis together, we are in contact with the leaders of our conferences and institutions, and we are united in our commitment to do all we can to reduce the spread of the virus and help people in our communities. Please join us in praying for an end to COVID-19, and for the health care givers, first responders and other frontline workers who are working tirelessly to save lives.

At this time, our office remains closed to the public, until further notice. Please reach out to members of our administrative and ministry teams, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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President Dave Weigley
Grant Leitma leads the faculty and staff at the beginning of the WAU Commencement Ceremony.

Story by Shannon Smith

Last weekend, leaders at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md.,  celebrated the many achievements and successes of students during their graduation ceremonies. It was the first commencement since 1904 to be held on the campus commons.

“On this the 106th Commencement Weekend, 275 students will receive a variety of graduate, undergraduate, associate and certificates,” said Weymouth Spence, WAU president. “Washington Adventist University is certainly a place where we produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.”

Reina Zapata-Méndez, miembro de la iglesia hispana de Jersey City, no dejó que el virus le impidiera ser voluntaria en su iglesia y conferencia.

Historia de Anthony Baffi

Mientras atendía a su padre en el hospital, Reina Zapata-Méndez, miembro de la iglesia hispana de Jersey City y voluntaria de la Conferencia de Nueva Jersey como coordinadora estatal de Guías Maestras, escuchó la noticia de que un virus que se originaba en China había llegado a Estados Unidos. Zapata-Méndez, y el resto del mundo, no podían imaginar el torbellino que estaba por golpear en las próximas semanas.