Metro New York Adventist Forum
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Current Schedule of Meetings

Note that all meetings are at St Mary's Church (see Our Home) and start at 11 AM. About once a month, usually on the second Saturday, there is an additional session at 2:15 as noted.
Fall 2005 Schedule
09/10/2005
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Clark Rowland  Morning Topic: The Adventist Advantage in Considering Issues of Science and Faith   Afternoon Topic: Can We Take Advantage of our Advantage?   Bio: Professor of Physics (emeritus), Andrews University (PhD and MDiv)   Notes: The General Conference spent millison of dollars on three years of world-wide discussions on Origins between scientists, theologians and administrators, which finished in the summer of 2004. Where do these leave us?
09/17/2005
11:00
SS Lesson Series: Dr Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Experiencing Our Lord   Notes: Discussion of the issues raised by the Sabbath School lessons for the quarter on how our understanding of the Lordship of our Savior can affect our lives.
09/24/2005
11:00
Spiritual Series: Dr David Kadrian  Morning Topic: The Bias of the Pious   Bio: Neuro-surgeon, former pastor. He and his family are new members.
10/1/2005
11:00
Worship Series: Dr Lester Wright  Morning Topic: The Gospel of Judgement   Notes: Exploration of how judgement can be good news.
10/8/2005
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Gordon Doss  Theme for Day: Wealth and Poverty in Global Perspective   Bio: Department of Wold Mission, SDA Seminary, Andrews University. Gordon grew up in Malawi as son of missionaries, 1954-1970 and he and his wife were themselves missionaries there from 1976-1982 and 1987-1997. He has taught at the Seminary since 1998. He has a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
10/15/2005
11:00
Theology Series: Malinda Berry  Morning Topic: Issues of War and Pacifism in Theological Perspective   Bio: An advanced and highly recommended doctoral student in Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary (see Fall President's Letter). A Mennonite, she earlier attended Goshen College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Indiana.
10/22/2005
11:00
Spiritual Series: Dr Jim Wideman  Morning Topic: The Binding of Isaac: Different Perspective   Bio: Retired professor of Physiological and Medical Sciences and editor of bio-medical journals -- a man with broad interests and knowledge.
10/29/2005
11:00
Spiritual Series: Robert Darken  Morning Topic: Where the Revolution Begins   Bio: Leader of the independent congregation "City Lights" that cam out of the Church of the Advent Hope 2-3 years ago and is committed to reaching out in new ways to the City. We have been looking for an opportunity to get to know more about this congregation and its members.
11/5/2005
11:00
Theology Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Our Relationship to God: child-parent, vassal-Lord, oppressed-champion, ...   Notes: We will explore the many models for our relationship with God that are presented in the Bible
11/12/2005
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Michael Zbarashuk  Theme for Day: The Roots and Wings of Adventism   Morning Topic: Roots: Sources of a Creative Adventist-influenced Theology   Afternoon Topic: Wings: Some Thoughts about a possible Adventist-influenced Future   Bio: Dr Zbarashuk is Dean for Humanities and Science at Eastlake Preparatory School, Kirkland, WA. He has taught at Walla Walla College and Pacific Luthern University and was recommended as one of the bright stars of the young generation within Adventism.
11/19/2005
11:00
Worship Recital Special Thanksgiving Celebration: The King's Men  Notes: A highly regarded male choir which is based at Atlantic Union College and directed by Maestro Francisco Araujo.
11/28/2005
11:00
SS Lesson Series: Dr Lester Wright  Morning Topic: The Gospel of Relationships: Ephesians   Notes: Discussion of issues raised by the Sabbath School lessons for the quarter on Paul's instructions to relatively new believers on human relationships.
12/3/2005
11:00
Ethics Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Ethics of Neighborliness
12/10/2005
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Series: Dr Robert Johnson  Theme for Day: Understanding Parables   Bio: Professor of New Testament, SDA Seminary, Andrews University
12/17/2005
11:00
Christmas Service : The professional quartet from St Peter's Episcopal Church  Notes: This quartet from the church where Ron is Choir Director and Organist, will share the special Christmas music they have prepared for the services there. All are encouraged to bring munchies to share afterwords.
12/24/2005
11:00
Canceled - No Service:
12/31/2005
11:00
No Service:
Winter 2006 Schedule
1/7/2006
11:00 & 2:15
Worship Series: Dr Lester Wright  Theme for Day: Another Look at Missions   Notes: What is the Christian imperative regarding missions and how does it relate to (anyone's) salvation?
1/14/2006
11:00
Not an all day meeting Book Series: Dr Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine   Notes: Discussion of some of the iedas in Harold Bloom's recent book.
1/21/2006
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Our all day meeting is on a different week this month Dr Doug Clark  Theme for Day: Reading the Bible through New Lenses   Morning Topic: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to the Book of Judges   Afternoon Topic: Deborah in Song and Story   Bio: After many years at Walla Walla College, Dr Clark is now Executive Director of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the professional organization for archeologists.   Notes: Morning: Here we will talk about a wide variety of disciplines, some tried and true, others rather novel and relatively untested, and how these can open new possibilities for understanding and appreciating the Bible, especially a challenging Old Testament book like Judges. Afternoon: Here I want to use one of the Judges stories as an example of this approach in action. Assignment: Please read the entire book of Judges a time or two before the discussion, paying attention to anything you may have missed in prior readings and jotting down 'what it would be nice to know about this stuff if you ever expect me to understand it or like it' questions. For those uneasy about disturbing human behavior, please don't read after 7 PM.
1/28/2006
11:00
Spiritual: Dr Hernando Orjuela  Morning Topic: Know Thyself: A Journey to the Center of the Soul   Bio: Our member, Hernando is a cardiologist in Connecticut
2/4/2006
11:00 & 2:15
Our all day meeting is on a different week this month Guest Speaker: Dr Harvey Elder  Morning Topic: Spiritual Health, Spiritual Disease   Afternoon Topic: Spiritual Therapy: What, When & How   Bio: A physician from Loma Linda University who has been a conscience to the church.   Notes: I want to separate spiritual from psychiatric issues. While I come from the perspective of a clinician, this material translates easily for teachers, parents, and ordinary people who talk to friends.
2/11/2006
11:00
Moved from 2/25 Spiritual Series: Lauralea Banks  Morning Topic: Adventist Josephs   Bio: Our member, a graduate in anthropology from Andrews University, is pursuing her Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University.
2/18/2006
11:00
Theology Series: Davina Lopez  Morning Topic: Queer Theology: What about Paul?   Bio: An advanced and highly-recommended PhD student in New Testament Studies and lecturer at Union Theological Seminary. Her dissertation explores a gender-critical re-reading of Paul as the apostle to the defeated nations under Roman rule.
2/25/2006
11:00
Moved from 2/11 SS Lesson Series: Dr Lester Wright  Morning Topic: The Family of God   Notes: A discussion of the lessons from the current quarter's Sabbath School topic.
3/4/2006
11:00
Worship Series: Dr Robert Fullilove  Morning Topic: The Community Roots of Spirituality   Bio: A Clinical Professor of Sociomedical Science and Associate Dean of Minority Affairs, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Dr Fullilove was a seminarian whose area of practice is the study of communities.   Notes: The relationship between communities and spirituality, including the effect of societal decisions on the health of the community and how Christians can/should be involved in these decisions.
3/11/2006
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: James Pate  Morning Topic: Genesis 3:15 and the Sacrifices in Judaism and Christianity   Afternoon Topic: Social Justice in the Pentateuch and the Ancient Near East: A Comparison   Bio: A former member with an MDiv from Harvard, and an MA from Jewish Theological Seminary here in NYC and is completing a ThD at Hebrew Union Seminary, Cincinnati.
3/18/2006
11:00
Ethics Series: Dr Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: The Bible and Women   Notes: A discussion of issues raised by one of the chapters of John Shelby Spong's book The Sins of Scripture. This former Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ, offers controversial solutions to the serious issues raised by some of the difficult passages of the Scriptures. We will continue issues from this book on 4/22 and 6/3.
3/25/2006
11:00
Spiritual Series: Lisie Orjuela  Morning Topic: Meditations in Art and Word   Notes: Our own artist-in-residence will share some of her paintings as part of our worship.
Spring 2006 Schedule
4/1/2006
11:00
Worship Series: Drs Kristine Gebbie and Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Beginnings: Another Look at beginnings and our understanding through a glass darkly   Notes: Tired of trying to defend Creation, of hearing non-scientists uncritically criticize science and the dishonest stalking horse of ‘Intelligent Design’?”
4/8/2006
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Series: Linn Tonstadt  Morning Topic: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor   Afternoon Topic: The question of religion   Bio: One of our members who is completing her Th.D. at Yale Divinity School   Notes: Linn has spoken for us several times in recent years, and she always leaves us eagerly thinking further about what she has said.
4/15/2006
11:00
Choral Service Special Easter Celebration: Ron Lawson's Quintet of wonderful professional voices  Morning Topic: They will remember and celebrate the events of Jesus' life from the Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem to the Resurrection, in Scripture and music   Notes: Please bring lots of friends to this special service.
4/22/2006
11:00
Ethics Series: Dr Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: The Bible and Anti-Semitism   Notes: A discussion of issues raised by one of the chapters of John Shelby Spong's book The Sins of Scripture. This former Episcopal Bishop of Newark, NJ, offers controversial solutions to the serious issues raised by some of the difficult passages of the Scriptures.
4/29/2006
11:00
Spiritual Series: Dr Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Dr Samuel explores the lessons to be learned from the Scriptures readings set for the today
5/6/2006
11:00
Sabbath School Lesson Series: Dr Lester Wright  Morning Topic: God as a Spirit: Learning from the topic of the Sabbath School lessons for the quarter
5/13/2006
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Series: Dr John Webster  Theme for Day: Re-envisioning Adventism   Bio: Professor of Theology, La Sierra University.   Notes: Ron asked John to speak on this topic after his series of presentation on the same topic at the Annual Retreat of the San Diego Adventist Forum last year, which sparked a great deal of interest.
5/20/2006
11:00
Spiritual Series: Gina Foster  Morning Topic: Destination, Return: A discussion of ambiguous loss from both psychosocial and artistic perspectives.   Bio: Gina is a member.   Notes: We will hold our Annual Meeting after the service today
5/27/2006
11:00
Spiritual Series: Dr Yvonne Valeris  Morning Topic: Forgiveness: An Act of Letting Go.   Bio: Our member, a chaplain and trainer of chaplains, is working this year at a system of hospitals in Arizona. We ordained her a few years ago when the local conferences were unwilling to ordain a woman, and thus opened up the way for her to become certified as a hospital chaplain.   Notes: The service will include Communion
6/3/2006
11:00
Ethics Series: Dr Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: The Bible and Homosexuality   Notes: Continuing discussion of issues raised by John Shelby Spong's book The Sins of Scripture.
6/10/2006
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Series: Michael Campbell  Theme for Day: Michael is about to defend his doctoral dissertation at Andrews University, and he will share some of his findings with us. It deals with the impact of fundamentalism and Adventism's embrace of that movement in the 1920's, on Advantism then and since, and promises to be both interesting and enlightening.   Bio: Librarian at Loma Linda University.
6/17/2006
11:00
Theology Series: Trevor Eppehimer  Morning Topic: Challenges and Tasks Facing Contemporary Christian Theology   Bio: A highly recommended doctoral student at Union Theological Seminary who will be defending his dissertation about this time.   Notes: This quarterly series featuring doctoral students from UTS has proved very enlightening and inspiring. Do not miss this one, the last of the year.
6/24/2006
11:00
Choral Celebration: Ron Lawson's quartet of professional singers  Notes: Come and bring your friends for our traditional service ending our year with a musical celebration.

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