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June 28, 2000
Media Advisory from the Seventh-day Adventist Church
SkyDome Event Marks Start of Toronto's Largest-ever Convention

His Worship Mayor Mel Lastman and The Honourable Chris Hodgson, Chair,
Management Board of Cabinet (MPP Haliburton-Victoria-Brock) will welcome
delegates and visitors from more than 150 countries who have traveled to
Toronto for the Adventist World Session 2000. The Governor General of Papua New
Guinea, Sir Silas Atopare, will also participate at the opening ceremony.

When: Thursday, June 29, 6.30 p.m.
Where: SkyDome

The opening ceremony will also feature:

The Unveiling of the Canada Post Seventh-day Adventist Commemorative Stamp
Picturing the sun breaking through clouds over the Canadian Rockies, this
commemorative stamp represents the Adventist Church as a "people of hope." The
stamp is the first in North America to honor the work of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church and will be unveiled by an official from Canada Post.

Unveiling of Sculpture: "The Second Coming" A bronze, 12-piece sculpture by
renowned American sculptor Victor Issa will be unveiled at the opening
ceremony. The artwork, depicting the second coming of Christ, represents the
Adventist hope in the soon return of Christ. It will eventually be displayed in
the Seventh-day Adventist Church's world headquarters in Silver Spring,
Maryland. The huge artwork was transported to Toronto from the artist's
studios in Loveland, Colorado, especially for this opening ceremony event.

President Will Speak to Global Audience from the SkyDome
Pastor Jan Paulsen, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church - one the
world's fastest growing Christian denominations - will deliver a global report
on the progress of the Adventist Church during the past five years and its
mission for the future. His report, along with the rest of the opening
ceremony, will be transmitted live by three satellite networks to more than 150
countries around the world, with simultaneous translation in as many as 40

Reserved seating for media at the opening ceremony is available.

Media Contact
Bettina Krause,
Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters

Alison Besse
SkyDome Public Relations



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