Metro New York Adventist Forum
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Current Schedule of Meetings

Note that meetings are now at two locations (see Our New Home) and meetings at the two locations start at different times.  Generally Sabbaths 1, 2 & 3 of each month are at St Mary's Episcopal Church and start at 11:00 and Sabbath 4 (and 5 when it occurs) are back at our previous home, St Paul's Chapel at Columbia University and start at 10:00.
Fall 2001 Meetings
09/8/2001
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Roy Branson  Theme for Day: Metaphors Adventists Live By  Morning Topic: Battlefield--The Great Controversy between Life and Death  Afternoon Topic: Temple--Entering the Sabbath and the Sanctuary  Bio: Dr Branson is Director of the Adventist Center for Law and Public Policy at Columbia Union College and former editor of Spectrum  Notes: Join us to celebrate our first service in out new location
9/15/2001
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Dr Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: History of Moral Philosophy: Kant to Nietzsche  Notes: The next installment of our "third week" series on Practical Ethics organized by Terry (see Ethics Series).
9/22/2001
11:00
St Paul's
Worship Recital: Monique McDonald  Bio: A celebrated young opera singer who worshiped with us as a child, whenour members included her mother, Betti McDonald, who many of us remember as a very talented singer.  Notes: Spread the News. Invite your friends.
9/29/2001
11:00
St Mary's
(exception)
Guest Speaker: Father Coopercamp  Morning Topic: St Mary's 101  Bio: Father Coopercamp is Rector (pastor) of St Mary's Episcopal Church.  Notes: Father Coopercamp will tell us about St Mary's and its programs.  Make every effort to be there and learn about our new home.
10/6/2001
11:00
St Mary's
Church History Series: Dr Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: Origins of Christian Morality: the First Two Centuries  Notes: Today's topic combines our continuing series on the History of the Christian Church with our more recent series on Practical Ethics, both parts of our "third week" series (this month's schedule is an exception).  We explore the development of Christian morality in the early church.
10/13/2001
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Elder/Dr Dick Tibbits  Morning Topic: Faith Healing in Adventist Healthcare Today  Afternoon Topic: Foregiveness: Good for your Heart and your Soul.  Bio: Dr Tibbits, formerly a pastor is now a hospital administrator in the huge Adventist Sunbelt system headquarterred in Florida.
10/20/2001
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Discussion from Sabbath School Lessons on "Pillars of Our Faith"  Notes: We will explore issues raised in the lessons for the third quarter.  Part of our "first week" series (this month is an exception).
10/27/2001
11:00
St Paul's
Book Review:   Morning Topic: Adventism and the American Republic: The Public Involvement of a Major Apocalyptic Movement by Dr Douglas Morgan  Notes: The author teaches history and religion at Columbia Union College and will be our guest speaker in December.
11/3/2001
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Guest Speaker: Robert Scholz, PhD.  Morning Topic: The Gift of Tradition to Christianity  Bio: Dr Scholz, pastor Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, has a doctorate in church history and taught history at Univ of Washington  Notes: Dr Scholz will lead us in exploring the place that tradition has played in Christianity. Although SDAs often assert that tradition is something that other denominations hold be we don't, it should be clear that traditioin is an important factor in all of Christianity.
11/10/2001
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Monte Sahlin  Morning Topic: Keeping Faith in a Secular World (key text Acts 17:16-34)  Afternoon Topic: How does the Adventist Church Compare to Other Faiths--Results of a Massive, New Study of Religion in America.  Bio: Monte is a Vice President of the Columbia Union Conference of SDA and director of the Adventist Metro Federation (of which the Forum is a member)
11/17/2001
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Case Study: The Ethics of Access to Medical Treatment  Notes: Continuing our Practical Ethics series. We will examine a number of related ethical issues about differences in access to medical treatment and life-saving drugs due to income, insurance, country of residence, need, society's attitude about the medical condition, etc.
11/24/2001
11:00
St Paul's
Spiritual Series: Member Speaker: Emmanuel Erin(Change)  Morning Topic: My Pilgrimage  Notes: Next in our autobiographical series, which has proved both relevant and gripping. Emmanuel is one of our members.
12/1/2001
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Guest Speaker: Dr James Londis(Change)  Morning Topic: Genetics, Research and Cloning: Three Ethical Headaches  Bio: Dr Londis is Director of Ethics and Corporate Integrity at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, OH
12/8/2001
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Doug Morgan  Morning Topic: The Radical Witness of Sabbatarian Adventism in the 1850s and 1860s  Afternoon Topic: Once upon a Time, when God was with the GOP...  Bio: Dr Morgan is Professor of History and Religion at Columbia Union College.  We reviewed his new book in October.
12/15/2001
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Lessons from Sabbath School: Lessons for the fourth quarter of 2001  Notes: We will explore issues raised by the lessons.
12/22/2001
11:00
St Paul's
Christmas Service: Bob Bouchard  Notes: This is our annual special Christmas service organized each year by Bob. Come, bring something to contribute to the service (perform, read or just choose a carol) and munchies to share after.
12/29/2001
11:00
No Service:
Winter 2002 Meetings
1/5/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Healing & Curing  Bio: Lester, a member, is an MD and also holds an Master of Public Health  Notes: Lester explains that we sometimes long for and pray for healing when what we are really asking for is to be cured. Yet, if we understood the difference, healing is indeed what we need. Using stories from Scripture, we will explore the two.
1/12/2002
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Norman Wendth  Theme for Day: Can We Teach Character  Bio: Norman is Academic Dean at Kettering College of Medical Arts in Ohio  Notes: The newsletter mailing includes a copy of How Can Values be Taught in the University?, a speech by Toni Morrison which Norman suggests you read as preparation for the discussion. He will apply the question to both Adventist and secular colleges. Norman has been here several times and has always proved thought-provoking.
1/19/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Ethical Value of Life  Notes: This continues our series on Practical Ethics series with a discsussion of relative value of life versus other ethical values.
1/26/2002
11:00
St Paul's
Worship Recital: Bob Wilson & Choir  Bio: Bob is a long-time member and was our organist for several years. He is well known as an organist and choir director in the NY area.  Notes: This will be a very special service -- bring your friends. Bob returns to us with a professional choir that he has been working with. The program will feature major choral works such as the Verdi "Te Deum". Bob is so eager to bring us this music that he is paying the choir nearly $1500 from his own pocket. Let us respond by filling the Chapel.
2/2/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Church History Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Origins of Christian Morality: First Two Centuries  Notes: We explore the development of Christian morality in the early church combining our History and Ethics Series. Originally scheduled for Oct 6 but postponed.
2/9/2002
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Pastor Janet Wright  Morning Topic: The Art of Rationalizing about Ourselves  Afternoon Topic: This is a Religious War, but is it Holy?  Bio: Pastor Wright recently joined the staff of Adventist Metro Ministries (NYC) of which the Forum is a member.  Notes: Janet has attended many of our services and joined our discussions. Now we have an opportunity to hear from her and get to know her better.
2/16/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Dr Kristine Gebbie  Morning Topic: Our Ministry of Healing  Bio: Kristine is a member and Professor of Nursing and Public Health at Columbia University. She is also a member of the Lutheran Church.  Notes: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is developing an official Social Policy Statement of what it discerns to be the role of health and healing in Christianity. The draft statement is currently circulating for comment. Kristine, a member of the drafting committeee, will present concepts from the Statement for our discussion using a "liturgy of healing" as part of the service. Who of us is notin need of healing?
2/23/2002
11:00
St Paul's
Member Speaker: Lisie Hernandez  Morning Topic: Adventis Artists  Bio: Lisie, a member, is a professional artist living in Connecticut.  Notes: Lisie will show us slides of the work of artists who are Adventists or grew up as Adventists to consider in what ways, if at all, their Adventism has influenced their work.
3/2/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson(Change)  Morning Topic: Rawl's Social Contract: Justice as Fairness  Notes: We will explore Rawl's moral philosophy emphasizing justice, a pragmatic extension to Kant's ethics. Rescheduled from 3/16
3/9/2002
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Elder Mitchell Tyner  Theme for Day: What's The Church to do? Responses to Currents and Counter Currents Swirling in Adventism Today.  Bio: Mitchell is a lawyer in the Legal Dept of the General Conference of SDA.  Notes: Have you ever asked yourself what are the priorities and concerns of Church leaders today? Here is you rchance to learn about these from a person in a key GC post whom we have found in the past to be very honest with us.
3/16/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Lester Wright(Change)  Morning Topic: The Cosmic Conflict Between Christ and Satan: Key issues from the Sabbath School Lessons for the First Quarter  Notes: rescheduled from 3/2
3/23/2002
11:00
St Paul's
Musical Service: Dr Beverly Vaughn  Morning Topic: God Gave Me a Song: An African-American woman considers how the songs of her churches have impacted her spiritual journey -- with lots of sung examples.  Bio: Beverly is Professor of Music at the Richard Stockton College of NJ and a member.
3/30/2002
11:00
St Paul's
Easter Service: Worship Recital: Keith Thompson  Bio: Keith, an Adventist organist, is well known outside the Adventist family as a church organist, theater organist and recitalist.  Notes: We bring Keith all the way from California for this special Easter Service. Spread the word.
Spring 2002 Meetings
4/6/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Richard Marker  Morning Topic: Adventism: Ethics and Organization  Bio: Pastor Marker, lawyer and treasurer, Greater NY Conference of SDA  Notes: He presented on this topic at last year's annual conference of the San Diego Forum chapter
4/13/2002
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Fritz Guy  Theme for Day: Thinking Theologically Together  Morning Topic: Atonement: What God Is, What God Does, and What God Wants  Afternoon Topic: The Book of Revelation: What it Says, What it Means, and What it Does  Bio: Prof of Theology, La Sierra University and a leading Adventis theologian; formerly chair of Theology at SDA Seminary  Notes: Dr Guy was asked to address two topics members have expressed a desire to understand better. The first is the commonly taught "substitutionary atonement," which protrays God as demanding a blood sacrifice in order to forgive sins, which some of us feel makes God appear very legalistic. The second flows out of the discomfort some of us feel with interpreting the book of Revelation as strongly anti-Catholic and the problem of having no other way to interpret it because we were taught so well. Dr Guy is a solid thinker who is always illuminating.
4/20/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Justice as Fairness: Applications  Notes: Continuing our examination of Rawls' justice model and applying it to democracy vs socialism, taxation, property, labor shirking, etc.
4/27/2002
11:00
St Paul's
Book Review:   Morning Topic: A New Generation of Adventist Families by Monte and Norma Sahlin  Notes: This book looks at changes in the patterns of Adventist families in the US and weighs the trends
5/4/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Ethics Case Studies: Ethics and Personal Relationships  Notes: Continuesour series on ethics, applying what we have learned to issues concerning personal and family relationships
5/11/2002
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Gary Land  Morning Topic: Receive Ye the Holy Ghost: From 1888 to the Holy Flesh Movement within Adventism  Afternoon Topic: (1) Experiencing Holiness: Adventist Religious Experience in the 1890's; (2) Heresy & Adventist Identity: Case of A.F. Ballenger and the Sanctuary Doctrine  Bio: Dr Land is Chair of the History Dept, Andrews University  Notes: Three related episodes in Adventist history showing the surprising extent to which Adventists were attracted to and influenced by the Holiness and Pentecostal movements a century ago
5/18/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Dr Lester N. Wright  Morning Topic: What's health got to do with it, anyway?  Notes: Dr Wright, a member, has brought us several discussions on medical- and health-related issues. This one focuses on the Adventist understanding of the relationship between health and salvation
5/25/2002
11:00
St Paul's
Member Speaker: Rod Colborn  Morning Topic: The Gospel to New York: Strategy and Tactics  Bio: Rod is Chair of the steering committee of the Adventist Metro Ministries (Forum is a member) and a Vice-President of Citibank, where he makes loans to the very rich.
6/1/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Key issues from the Sabbath School Lessons for the Second Quarter   Notes: Les continues his much-appreciated series
6/8/2002
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Wendy Ripley  Morning Topic: A Cure for the Common Scold: Public Personae Construction of Nineteenth Century Female Correspondents. Wendy will focus on a famous trial of a female reporter and discuss how well-publicized trials often expose fissures in cultural fabric  Afternoon Topic: Sounds of Silence: The Price of Activisim. Here Wendy will consider: what happens if a person does not conform to cultural expectations of identity? What is the price of speaking out/activism? What strategies can we employ in reation to silencing?  Bio: Professor of English, Columbia Union College
6/15/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Practical Ethics: Guest Speaker (to be announced)  Notes: watch for details in the monthly card for June
6/22/2002
11:00
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Elder Hugh Maynard-Reid  Morning Topic: My Pilgrimage: God's Hand in My Life  Notes: Next in our autobiographical series which has proven both relevant and gripping. Hugh has moved in recent years from being a church pastor in the Greater NY Conf to being a hospital chaplain. He is now Senior Chaplain at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn
6/29/2002
11:00
St Paul's
Worship Recital: Thomas Jamerson and Celeste Emmons Jamerson  Bio: Celeste is a professional soprano soloist and section leader in the Episcopal Church were Ron Lawson is choir director and organist. She holds a doctorate in voice performance, and teaches at the Westchester Conservatory. Tom, a baritone, has been a soloist at the City Opera at Lincoln Center and has sung widely  Notes: The program will feature a variety of solos and duets. Our organist, Scott Wager, will accompany them. Bring your friends
Summer 2002
7/13/2002
11:00
Ron Lawson & Scott Wager's Home, City Island, NY
Summer Service: Rod Colburn  Theme for Day: The Gospel to New York: Strategy and TacticsThis is a repeat of our May 25 meeting. Unfortunately only 4 people were present then but they were so positive about this topic that we are choosing to repeat it. Check summer mailing for directions or call 718  Bio: Chair of the steering committee of Adventist Metro Ministries and a Vice President at Citibank  Notes: This is a repeat of our May 25 meeting. Unfortunately only 4 people were present then but they were so positive about this topic that we are choosing to repeat it. Check summer mailing for directions or call 718.885.9533 or send email to rlawson@cloud9.net. Bring a contribution to the meal we will share after the service.
8/3/2002
11:00
Lisie & Hernando Orjuela's Home, Trumbull, CT
Summer Service: Discussion: Ron Lawson  Theme for Day: Worship  Notes: Ron will lead a discussion on worship: evaluations of current Adventist worship styles, how worship can be made more effective and how to apply this to our own services. Check summer mailing for directions or call 203.452.7639 or send email to lsorjuela@snet.net. Bring a contribution to the meal we will share after the service.
8/24/2002
11:00
Terry & Jan Anderson's Home, Bernardsvilld, NJ
Summer Service: Terry L Anderson  Theme for Day: Utopian Communities in American, part III  Notes: Terry concludes our study of these Nineteenth century religious experiments and what we can learn from them. Check summer mailing for directions or call 908.766.4463 or send email to tla@lucent.com. Bring a contribution to the meal we will share after the service.

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