Metro New York Adventist Forum
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Current Schedule of Meetings

Note that all meetings are now at St Mary's Church (see Our New Home) and start at 11 AM.
Fall 2003 Meetings
09/6/2003
11:00
St Mary's
SS Lesson Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Sanctuary Themes in the Book of Hebrews  Notes: Continues his series examining issues in the current Sabbath School Lessons.
09/13/2003
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Elder Charles Sandefur  Morning Topic: The Mission of the Church & Social Justice  Afternoon Topic: Globalization & Humanitarian Aid  Bio: President of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Chuch was a member of the Forum a couple of decades ago while he was a doctoral student at Princeton
9/20/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Thomas Dybdahl, Esq.  Morning Topic: Ethics and the Defense Attorney   Bio: Tom, a public defender in Washington, DC, was an active member of the Forum some years ago.  Notes: Another in our continuing series on ethics in the professions.
9/27/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: Yvonne Valeris  Morning Topic: A Humbling Experience  Bio: Yvonne is a hospital chaplain and trainer of chaplains at Brooklyn Hospital where she trains rabbis, imams, priests and pastors in the art of spiritual care of all persons who are suffering in body, mind and spirit.
10/4/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Guest Speaker  Morning Topic: Ethics & Retail CEO   Notes: Our guest (to be confirmed) is an SDA CEO of a large retail business and will discuss the ethical issues he faces.
10/11/2003
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Fritz Guy  Morning Topic: Being Adventis in 21st Century America   Afternoon Topic: Shaping an Adventist Future   Bio: Dr Guy is Professor of Theology at La Sierra University and Adventism's leading theologian -- a clear and independent voice. When he was our guest in 2002, he drew one of our largest crowds and many asked to have him back.
10/18/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Dinner Etiquette: What Jesus has to say about the topic.   Notes: Based on the Sabbath dinner reported in Luke 14.
10/25/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: Linn Tonstad  Morning Topic: The Law, Transgression and the Logic of Sacrifice   Bio: Linn is a graduate student in Theology at Yale and a Forum member.
11/1/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: Emmanuel Erin  Morning Topic: What did Paul mean when he wrote 1 Tim 4:12 and what is its relevance to us as Christians today?   Bio: Emmanuel, a Forum member, has a degree in Theology from Collongues (SDA university in France) and completed the coursework toward a PhD in Old Testament at University of Strassbourg
11/8/2003
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr John Graz  Morning Topic: Persecutions: A World Report after 9/11/2001   Afternoon Topic: How to Deal with Other Churches and Continue being a "Good Adventist"   Bio: Dr Graz is Director of the Dept of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty of the General Conference of SDA.
11/15/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Ethics of Huck Finn   Notes: We explore ethical issues raised in Mark Twain's book and other literature
11/22/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Worship Recital Special Thanksgiving Celebration: Bob Wilson and friends  Notes: Music of the piano and four stringed instruments will help us celebrate our thanksgiving. We will continue by celebrating the Lord's Supper.
11/29/2003
11:00
St Mary's
SS Lesson Series: Lester Wright  Notes: Continues his series examining issues in the current Sabbath School Lessons
12/6/2003
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Julia Erickson  Morning Topic: I was Hungry... (The care imperative of Christianity   Bio: Julia is Exec Director of City Harvest
12/13/2003
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Richard Osborn  Morning Topic: Lessons for the 21st Century from Galileo   Afternoon Topic: Can Adventist Colleges Live in Athens and Jerusalem at the Same Time?   Bio: Dr Osborn is President of Pacific Union College
12/20/2003
11:00
St Mary'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.
12/27/2003

No Service:
Winter 2004 Meetings
1/3/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Yvonne Valeris  Morning Topic: OLord that I may see!!!...My Neighbor, Everything   Bio: Yvonne is a member and a trainer of chaplains.
1/10/2004
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Carl Wilkins  Morning Topic: Genocide Within, Without   Afternoon Topic: The 'Sleeper Agent' in Me   Bio: A true Adventist Hero, Carl is currently Chaplain at Milo Academy in Oregon, but was Director of ADRA in Rwanda at the time of the genocide. When all SDA foreign personnel were ordered to leave, he refused, staying behind and saving many lives. He was later dismissed for refusing the order. Come and here his powerful story.
1/17/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Ethics of Globalization I: Introduction - One World   Notes: This continues our series on Ethics and begins a subseries on ethical issues in "globalization."
1/24/2004
11:00
St Mary's
SS Lesson Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: John, a Differing Formulation of the Gospel   Notes: Continues his series examining issues in the current Sabbath School Lessons
1/31/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: Ron Lawson  Morning Topic: The Globalization of Christianity -- and Adventism: Towards understanding the dynamics of Adventism in the Twentieth Century.
2/7/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Julia Erickson  Morning Topic: I was Hungry...   Bio: Julia is Executive Director of City Harvest which redistributes surplus food from resturants to the needy.   Notes: Rescheduled from December when the blizzard forced us to cancel. Her presentation focuses on the care imperative of Christianity.
2/14/2004
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Margaret Christian  Morning Topic: Bearing Witness in Sixteenth Century England: Pront and Protestantism in State-Sponsored Books of Doctrine   Afternoon Topic: Hezekiah and Queen Elizabeth: Sixteenth Century Allegory and the Providentialist View of History.   Bio: Margaret is Professor of English at Penn State University
2/21/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Ethics of Globalization II: Introduction - One World - Con't
2/28/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: Emmanuel Erin  Morning Topic: Joseph's Story -- The Cost of conviction: Blueprint for Christian Ethics in the Public Square in our Time.   Bio: Emmanuel studied towards a PhD in Old Testament in France and is a member
3/6/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Worship Series: Dr Kristine M Gebbie  Morning Topic: I believe...: An Exploration of the formulation of Creeds through the history of the Church   Bio: Krisine is Professor of Nursing at Columbia University and a member.
3/13/2004
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Erich Baumgartner  Theme for Day: Growing up! Being at Home in a Global Church   Morning Topic: The 28th Fundamental Belief or The Never-Ending Journey of Giving Shape to Love, Hope and Faith   Afternoon Topic: Our Post-Western Future -- When Mission Outlives Structure in a Global Church   Bio: Erich is Professor of Leadership and Intercultural Communications in the Dept of Leadership and Educational Administration at Andrews University. He works occasionally with the Institute of World Missions at the Seminary, where he taught church growth and missions for the last nine years.
3/20/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson & Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Ethics: Hindu Perspectives on Genetic Enhancements in Humans   Notes: Compares Hindu and Christian ethical principles concerning the value of human life and bioethics. We live in a pluralistic world and while we may derive our actions from our own Christian-based ethical principles, we need also be aware that we live in One World and our actions affect others near and far. We should be aware and concerned about how our actions will be judged by others who may use different ethical principles. This week we use Hindu ethical principles concerning human life and bioethics as an example.
3/27/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: James Pate  Morning Topic: Grace, Faith & Works in Paul & James   Bio: James is a PhD student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC and a member
Spring 2003 Meetings
4/3/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ministry Series: Rachel Bostic  Morning Topic: 'The Passion of the Christ' and other Religious Media: Secular American's Love Affair with Spiritual Entertainment   Bio: Rachel is one of our newer members and the SDA Liaison to the United Nations
4/10/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Worship Recital Passiontide & Easter Celebration: Choir of the Rutgers Presbyterian Church (Manhattan) & the Rutgers Chamber Choir, conducted by George Davy  Notes: We enjoyed this choir so much last year that we invited them back. George Davy is an Adventist and a member of the Forum. One of his soloists is our own magnificent Faith Esham. The choir will sing the music that they have prepared for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. No 2:30 meeting this week. See next week.
4/17/2004
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Chris Blake  Theme for Day: New Earth People: A Different View of Paradise   Bio: Dr Blake is Professor of English at Union College (Nebraska) and formerly editor of Insight Magazine.   Notes: 2:30 meeting today
4/24/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Ethics of Globalization III: One Economy   Notes: Continues our subseries on ethical issues in globalization.
5/1/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: Yvonne Valeris
5/8/2004
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Nancy Lecourt  Morning Topic: Stopping by Babylon   Afternoon Topic: O Absolom, my son, my son: The significance of repetition in the Old Testament   Bio: Dr Lecourt is Chair of the English Department, Pacific Union College   Notes: Nancy says she will be sharing with us a new understanding, based on recent scholarship that has tranformed her own reading of the Old Testament. Her hint: 'Because the Old Testament was crafted to be read aloud, from a scroll, repetition -- of both meaning and sound -- becomes a crucial way to emphasize something for readers who are actually listeners, who cannot turn back and reread. May modern translations eliminate repetition, when it is actually a key to meaning.
5/15/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Worship Series: Les Wright  Morning Topic: Building Bigger Barns--or Barn Raising   Bio: Dr Wright, a member, is in charge of medical services for the NY State prison system.   Notes: How Jesus talked about greed.

Annual Meeting Our annual meeting will be held following the service today. We have vital, challenging issues to discuss. Please be there.

5/22/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series : Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Ethics of Globalization IV: One Economy -- con't change-originally sched May 1
5/29/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Spiritual Series: Emmanuel Erin  Morning Topic: Biblical Stories and Rites of Passage   Bio: Emmanuel studied towards a PhD in Old Testament at Montpellier University, France and is a member
6/5/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Another Ethical Challenge drawn from Literature   Notes: Continues our series on practical ethics.
6/12/2004
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Roy Branson  Theme for Day: Symbols for Twenty-first Century Adventism   Bio: Dr Branson is Professor of Political Science, Columbia Union College and formerly a long-time editor of Spectrum
6/19/2004
11:00
St Mary's
SS Lesson Series: Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Isaiah, Prophet of the Messiah   Notes: Continues his series focusing on the Sabbath School Lessons for the quarter.
6/26/2004
11:00
St Mary's
Worship Recital End of Year Worship Recital:   Notes: Continuing our tradition of finishing the academic year with a worship recital. We are planning a great deal of diversity for this program. Come and be blessed.
Summer Meetings at Member's Homes
7/17/2004
11:00
Lisie & Hernando's
Summer Meeting:   Morning Topic: Presentation by Lisie or Hernando and Communion Service   Notes: Get directions from Summer mailing. RSVP to hosts at 203.452.7639. Bring a contribution for the potluck.
7/31/2004
11:00
Ron & Scott's
Summer Meeting: James Pate  Morning Topic: Who Wrote the Pentateuch? The Theological Implications of 'Higher Criticism'   Notes: Get directions from Summer mailing. RSVP to hosts at 718.885.9533. Bring a contribution for the potluck.
8/14/2004
11:00
Grace Fields & Eleanor Barba's
Summer Meeting: Eleanor Barba  Morning Topic: Love as a Hallmark of Christianity: A homily given at Eleanor's church, St Ignacius, Loyola by Father William Bergen SJ.   Notes: Get directions from Summer mailing. RSVP to hosts at 718.796.0856. This one is not a potluck. Grace and Eleanor will provide the food. Just bring your self.
8/28/2004
11:00
Terry and Jan's
Summer Meeting: Gina Rae Foster  Morning Topic: Promoting Family and Community Resiliency: The Liberian Pre-Teen Project   Notes: Get directions from Summer mailing. RSVP to hosts at 908.766.4463. Bring a contribution for the potluck.

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