Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Adventist Michael Ryan for moderating GC Women’s Ordination Debate

Retiring GC Vice President Mike L Ryan, moderating the Women's Ordination debate.
Retiring GC Vice President Mike L Ryan, moderating the Women’s Ordination debate.
OSLO, Norway — In a surprise announcement, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has announced that for the first time a Seventh-day Adventist has been awarded the much-lauded Nobel Peace Prize.

Explaining its rationale, the committee said that Michael L. Ryan, a retiring Vice President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, was chosen due to his work on July 8, 2015 in “successfully executing the Herculean task of moderating the final debate on the issue of women’s ordination on the day the Seventh-day Adventist denomination voted on future policy regarding the issue.”

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Although members of the Nobel Committee expressed their disappointment with the “unfortunate discrimation in the final vote against allowing regional autonomy on whether to allow women’s ordination,” Ryan was roundly praised for “superb handling of a frequently-belligerent gaggle of delegates on both sides of the issue as well as a crowd of tens of thousands that was packed into the San Antonio Alamodome for the entire day of discussion.”

The committee’s announcement stressed that “a lesser man would have let the pressures of the day get to him, but Ryan kept an even keel, not once allowing pandemonium to erupt.”

The committee said that the clincher in handing Ryan the prize was the fact that “not once was he seen to reach for so much as a cup of coffee.”

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19 Comments

  1. Ray Kraft

    Getting serious, probably a mistake, I have wondered for decades about the womens’ ordination thing, which implies that women are spiritually inferior to men, and if I were a woman I probably wouldn’t like that.

    Just because Paul or somebody 2,000 years ago said women shouldn’t be pastors doesn’t mean we have to slavishly follow their opinions 2,000 years later . . . aren’t we supposed to be doing a little thinking for ourselves? A little common sense? And just because the Bible says it doesn’t mean we have to do it, I mean, Leviticus tells us to take adulterers and homosexuals out behind the church and stone them . . . to death . . . but we haven’t been doing that for quite awhile, eh?

  2. Ray Kraft

    And nothing in the Bible says we have to be vegetarians, the Bible doesn’t even talk about vegetarianism . . . but we have made vegetarianism almost (but not quite, not quite yet) an Article of Faith, eh?

    • JOE MEAT

      AND SOMETIMES A GOOD LAUGH. WE PLAYED A GOOD PRANK ON THE TEXAS CONF LAST YEAR. ORDERED MEAT LOVERS PIZZA AND COKES FOR THE CHRISTMAS PARTY, PRE PAID AND THEY DELIVERED. IT WAS GREAT. BUT THE TRUE SIN WAS THAT IT WAS ALL THROWN OUT. SO MUCH FOR PAUL’S ADVICE TO THE COLOSSIANS. STILL WORTH THE 40 BUCKS.

  3. Richard Mills

    What’s Mike gonna go with the big bucks winnings? He will have to tithe it, plus a good will offering, etc. Maybe donate some to the 10/40 window areas. Hold a lottery for the balance. Place every SDA church name in the world into a hat, you pick the winner(s).
    Woe is me!!

  4. Harry Blotter

    “The clincher in handing Ryan the prize was the fact that not once was he seen to reach for so much as a cup of coffee.” Yeah, but I bet he had a few cups of Postum or hot Carob.

  5. JoSheep

    Actually Albert Lutuli was the first Adventist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and he was also the first African and person outside of Europe. He was an important figure in the African National Congress and mentor to Nelson Mandela. I really don’t understand why we don’t talk about him more; he’s arguably the most important Adventist figure ever.

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