Growing Up Seventh-Day Adventist: Off to School

7 thoughts on “Growing Up Seventh-Day Adventist: Off to School”

  1. Sam keep up the good work,i’m happy to see and here really good things about you and your family,but I’m not surprised because of who your parents are…..very educated and intelligent people….I wish you and your family all the blessings….Keep up the good work……B

  2. Sam, not sure when you went through school, but as a child of the 70′s I attended the largest SDA church school in DC, Dupont Park, and had older siblings who started there in late 60′s. Before I was school age, we lived for a while in Philly and not only did my older brothers attend Larchwood, my mom subbed there. We always had non SDA schoolmates in school and in academy, TA. Your statement that only Adventist kids were allowed at Larchwood cannot be correct. Adventists have always viewed our educational system as an evangelistic tool to spread the message of salvation and I value the family I have from my years of school, Adventist or not.

    1. What I meant was that the vast majority were indeed adventist regardless of how the church viewed itself. Sure there were a few non-adventists in the group, so I apologize for saying only adventists went to Larchwood or any other adventist elementary school.

      1. Your statement was very clear. I fundamentally disagree with it and the idea there was no room for independent thought. I’m so proud of my heritage as a black american and am so blessed to be a part of this movement. I may be reading a lot into your blog, but you seem to resent your upbringing but try to end each post on a positive note – for your readers?? I can appreciate your honesty, but trust me when I say you have a home life VERY similar to my own. We kept sabbath 25 hours instead of 24. Guarding the edges, right? But I realize now it was all parents knew to do. I pray my kids appreciate the sacrifices my husband and I make with God’s help to educate them (yep, SDA school) and raise them to love Him and themselves. It’s all we know to do. I also wish you the best in your journey. You are very honest and that’s never a bad thing. : -)

      2. If you believe my statement was clear but you think I was saying there was no place for independent thought then I was sadly not clear. There was a place. I just never found it myself. Thank you for what you said about my honesty. I try to keep my perspective in all things.

      3. As for ending my posts on a positive note, I am a very positive and optimistic person overall. And I am proud of the person I have become, including where I come from.

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