Statement of Diversity
Hartland Institute envisions alumni serving in every nation, supporting the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to prepare the world for Christ’s soon return. This vision entails respect for all people along with an appreciation for diversity and a support of differences in race, ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, class, ability, and age as we uphold the principles of biblical love and identity.
Hartland Institute has a rich history of racial and cultural diversity and has always sought to empower men and women of all backgrounds to share the three angels’ messages with biblical certainty through practical ministry. We recognize that minority groups in the US and in many other places of the world can have a much harder struggle to obtain civil justice, economic stability, and religious freedom. As a Christian institute, we believe that human beings were created in God’s image and are of equal infinite value.
We also believe that God has given His church personal and organizational outlines which, if followed, will bring wisdom and prosperity and do much to lift individuals, cultures, and nations to a higher quality of life. Therefore, we are committed to being diverse and inclusive.
We believe we need to press together in love to share the message of true unity—the power of the indwelling Christ through His Holy Spirit. The presence of God’s Spirit in our midst will be manifested in humble service to all classes, ethnicities, and language groups—and to one another. This includes listening to the pain of others, educating ourselves in the history of our nations and our church, and using our influence to make the path of others easier. True Christians have always been at the forefront of national moral revival, the fruit of which has been seen in practical ministry to others. By careful study of the lives of great Christian social reformers, we will find that their secret lay in the simple power of love for their fellow men and women.