The Adventist Church in the region incorporating Australia, New Zealand, and south pacific islands, has moved decisively to reduce the amount of church administrative structure.
"As a church organization, we take very seriously the Christian principle of being stewards of this earth and its resources," says the church's general secretary.
There is a critical lack of legal protection for Sabbath-keepers in the workplace, says Seventh-day Adventist attorney Mitchell Tyner.
"It was a not-to-be-missed opportunity to let the Canadian public know more about the Adventist Church and what we stand for," says Ray Dabrowski, communication director for the Adventist Church worldwide.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Myanmar (Burma) continues to grow despite obstacles including rules about holding public meetings and publishing new materials, according to a veteran pastor.
"Adventists have a unique contribution to make to public dialogue and to public service," says David Pendleton, Hawaii State Representative.
Seventh-day Adventists will be present as observers at the Millennium Assembly of the United Nations, billed the largest gathering of heads of state in the history of humanity.
An ad hoc General Conference committee has concluded that three Seventh-day Adventist-associated lay groups "operate in a manner that is consistent with offshoot movements."
Regular worship and congregational activities were halted when members of the congregation and church leadership wrangled over women preaching in the pulpit at the Bangwe Seventh-day Adventist Church