SILVER SPRING, Md. — The traditional ivory white sheet cake at the annual gathering of Adventist Heritage Enthusiasts was dispensed with this year due to the difficulty of sharing cake via Zoom and because of the cake’s uncomfortable resemblance to 157 years of denominational leadership.
“At the peak of the Adventist denomination’s diversity and international reach, one embarrassing fact remains: we only trust old white men to lead us,” said White Estate archivist Blanca de Blanco, addressing the online gathering.
“It doesn’t seem to matter how well represented we are in parts of the world that are anything but white, when it comes to calling the shots, we still seem to need an aging Caucasian male,” she added.
Speaking to a computer screen of dour faces, Blanco insisted something had to change.
“We’ve got to do better than this,” said Blanco.
“At this rate there will be a female pope before a non-white GC president.”