Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU Participates in Second IAD Virtual Education Congress

ATCU Participates in Second IAD Virtual Education Congress
Communication Department, ATCU

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During the weekend of March 27-29, 2015, a delegation of five from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) were present at the streaming site for the Second Virtual Education Congress hosted by the education department of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD). Leading the delegation was Dr. Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU. Elder Roderick Sands, union treasurer; Alree Price, Bahamas Academy, South Bahamas Conference; Avoney Wellington, Grand Bahama Academy, North Bahamas Conference; and Alicia Castillo-Timothy, Cayman Academy, Cayman Islands Conference accompanied him. Also in attendance was Denise Johnson, guidance counselor of Bahamas Academy.

Focusing on the future of Adventist Education in the territory of Inter-America, the congress employed as its theme "Adventist Education: Shaping The Future of The Church.” Accordingly, union after union presented the education challenges facing its respective field and presented the strategies to address them in an effort to safeguard the future of Adventist education.

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Among the projections presented by ATCU were:
  • Inspiring a stronger spiritual relationship with Christ among teachers and administrators
  • Greater involvement of constituents, especially pastors
  • Securing and Providing Adequate Funding
  • Improved and adequate physical plant

Main presenter for the congress was Pastor Shane Anderson, author of the famous book How to Kill Adventist Education (and How to Give It a Fighting Chance!). Other presenters included Dr. Israel Leito, president of IAD; Dr. Filiberto Verduzco, treasurer of IAD; Dr. Gamaliel Florez, education director of IAD; and Dr. Faye Patterson, associate education director of IAD.

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The weekend’s activities were well received by ATCU participants who felt inspired by the event.

"I'm more motivated to teach what I represent - true Adventist education whatever the cost,” said Alree Price.

Avoney Wellington declared, "Awesome! I’m impressed and encouraged to learn that our situation is not unique to what is happening in IAD."

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And Alicia Castillo-Timothy concluded, "It was a very informative and motivating experience, as many pertinent issues regarding Adventist education were raised and, thankfully, various solutions were offered in order to transform the system to ensure that God is manifested at the center."