Pacific Union College is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a world-wide Christian community that runs one of the world's largest Protestant school systems. The college is owned, operated and subsidized by the regional division of the Adventist Church, the Pacific Union Conference.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination with the distinguishing characteristic of observing Saturday as the Sabbath. In addition to operating a vast systems of schools, colleges, and universities around the globe, the Adventist Church operates an independent humanitarian aid agency, publishing houses, and a healthcare delivery system of clinics and hospitals throughout the world.
Adventism has its roots in the Millerite movement in the mid-1800s and counts among its founders Ellen G. White, a prolific writer whose work is still influential in the church. The Adventist Church also emphasizes diet and health, and religious liberty.
Today, the world Adventist Church is governed by a General Conference, with smaller regions administered by divisions, union conferences and local conferences.
From Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, the PUC community observes the Sabbath as a day of worship, fellowship, and rejuvenation. The college invites all students, visitors and employees to help create a special spiritual atmosphere on campus. Most offices are closed for the day, as are Angwin industries such as the College Market, the Chevron gas station, and the Post Office. A host of special services and programs are offered each Sabbath, from large-scale worship services in the PUC Church to small-group meetings for discussion, prayer, and fellowship. Many students, faculty, staff, and community members also use the Sabbath time to make use of the extensive trails on PUC's beautiful, undeveloped acres.
PUC and the other 12 Adventist colleges located in North America comprise the organization known as the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities.
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