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I will soon have a new co-worker that is a devout Seventh Day Adventist. I want to make him feel as welcome as possible. I also do not want to ignorantly offend him/his religion. I hope that some of you can enlighten me on the beliefs, but moreso the customs of this religion. I particularly am interested in do"s and don"t. What I have heard so far, and please correct me if I am wrong, is this:Vegetarian Sabbath observance, Friday dusk until Saturday duskNo celebrating birthdaysNo smoking or drinking alcoholNo wearing of jewelryNo makeupI am not interested in a debate; just any pointers on how I can learn about the religion and make a newcomer feel welcome. Thank you in advance.
Here ya go. That stuff you mention sounds like the JehovasSeventh-day Adventist Church - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Some of your information is correct some is not so I will try to clear it up for you. I applaud you for wanting to be so sensitive to them or anyone. That is a mark of a truely nice person! Many SDA"s do wear makeup, wedding rings, and even other jewlerie. They do celebrate Birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving etc. They do keep it holy from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. They are not all vegetarians by any means but many are for health reasons. (The average Adventist lives at least 7 years longer than the regular population because of their health practices. This is a confirmed fact. Articles have come out in National Geographic and other magazines I believe including Forbes Magazine about this fact.) They are very focused on health: Food Industries 29 Healthcare Ministry Hospitals and Sanitariums 168 Nursing Homes and Retirement Centers 138 Clinics and Dispensaries 442 Orphanages and Children"s Homes 34 Airplanes and Medical Launches 10 Outpatient Visits 15,371,479 They are very focused on education. Educational Program Total Schools 7,284 Tertiary Institutions 106 Worker Training Institutions 42 Primary Schools 5,666 Secondary Schools 1,470 Total Enrollment 1,436,290 Tertiary Institutions 106,081 Worker Training Institutions 7,100 Secondary Schools 378,866 Primary Schools 944,243 They are mission focused and have an agency called ADRA for humanitarian work: Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) Countries and Areas of the World Where ADRA is Involved 112 Total Projects Funded (Supporting Offices) 2,421 Development 1,551 Relief 870 Beneficiaries of Projects (Supporting Offices) 36,228,592 Value of Total Aid (Supporting Offices) $286,012,003 For more information see the churche"s official site at adventist.org