Metro New York Adventist Forum
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Current Schedule of Meetings

Note that most 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. Twice a month we meet jointly with City Lights. One of these joint meetings is at the City Lights location at Quaker Center (see our directions page).
Fall 2009 Schedule
9/12/2009
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Elder Charles Sandefur  Theme for Day: The Evolution of ADRA International: How radical an impact is it having where it is at work? What has been its impact on the church? What are the recent and current issues it has faced or is facing? To what extent is it the Adventist "Entering Wedge" in our mission program?   Bio: Edler Sandefur is President of ADRA International
Songfest: 112, 43, 236  Hymns: 20, 345, 473  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 15  Team: 1
9/19/2009
11:00
Worship Series: Dr Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Job: Another look at the story told through the voices of those involved   Bio: Director of Medical Services, New York State Prison System and member
Songfest: 565, 558, 152  Hymns: 5, 265, 574  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 16  Team: 3
9/26/2009
11:00
Quaker Center
Joint Service: TBD  Morning Topic: TBD   Notes: Joint Meeting with City Lights.
10/3/2009
11:00
Ethics Series: Dr Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: When do we Cheat?   Notes: I will present a very short video of a talk discussing some interesting experiments on what influences people to cheat or not. Then we'll discuss some of the issues it raises.
Songfest: 232, 188, 559  Hymns: 1,100,203  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 18  Team: 1
10/10/2009
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Elder Ronald Watts  Morning Topic: India: The Adventist Growth Story   Afternoon Topic: What I see as the Future Prospects   Bio: Elder Watts is the recently retired president of the Southern Asia Division, which is centered on India, where after decades of slow growth, there has recently been enormous growth.   Notes: Do you remember praying for the missionaries when young? Here is a day with a man who spent his life as a missionary in India
Songfest: 334, 460, 93  Hymns: 198, 569, 103  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 19  Team: 2
10/17/2009
11:00
Member Series: Gina Rae Foster  Morning Topic: Welcome to My Home: Hospitality and the Question of Art
Songfest: 560, 15, 22  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 20  Team: 3
10/24/2009
11:00
Quaker Center
Joint Meeting: TBA  Morning Topic: TBA   Notes: We will meet jointly with City Lights at their location.
10/31/2009
11:00
SS Lesson Series: Dr Lester Wright  Morning Topic: The gospel in the letters of John: The good news is that Jesus is God and that He loves us.   Bio: Director of Medical Services, New York State Prison System and member   Notes: Lessons drawn from the Sabbath School lessons for the quarter
Songfest: 27, 250, 421  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 22  Team: 4
11/7/2009
11:00
Member Series: Dr Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Ideas of Paradise   Bio: Architect and member
Songfest: 557, 215, 509  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 23  Team: 1
11/14/2009
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Series: Stephen King and John Sackett  Theme for Day: Centura Health (see notes)   Bio: Stephen King is Senior Vice-president for Mission and Ministry, Centura Health. John Sackett is President, Vista Adventist Hospital, Colorado.   Notes: In 1997 Adventists were surprised when their hospital system in Colorado, PorterCare, joined together with a larger system that was administered by the Catholic Sisters of Charity, to form what was called Centura Health. Why was this decision taken, and how has it worked out? In what ways were the two systems similar or different from one another before they joined, and what changes have since been made in their hospitals? How have the Adventists participating in the new partnership come to view Catholics, and how have their views changed as a result of the partnership? Our speakers, both former pastors, were then part of the committee that made that decision, and now occupy high positions in Centura Health, working closely with their Catholic colleagues
Songfest: 365, 307, 512  Hymns: 687, 415, 438  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 24  Team: 2
11/21/2009
11:00
Member Series: Dr Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: How to Read the Bible   Bio: Software Engineer and member   Notes: Some examples from the book by James Kugel (previously Starr Professor of Hebrew at Harvard) subtitled: A Guide to Scripture Then and Now. Kugel gives many examples of how modern scholars have come to interpret familiar passages quite differently than traditional views. Some of these will challange our views or at least make us think about them again.
Songfest: 73, 372, 240  Hymns: 12,3,6  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 25  Team: 3
11/28/2009
11:00
Quaker Center
Joint Service: TBA  Morning Topic: TBA   Notes: We will meet jointly with City Lights at their location.
12/5/2009
11:00
Guest Speaker: Allison Bryan  Morning Topic: Outrageous Forgiveness   Bio: Allison is a Canadian who is in New York City doing a Professional Fellowship with the United Nations University. She has a Masters Degree in Sociology from Memorial University in Newfoundland. Her research focused primarily on the co-management of natural resources. Her formal educational background is in International Development and Philosophy, but her more powerful informal classroom has been her travels around the globe.
Songfest: E416, E81, E76  Hymns: E67, E509, E657  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Advent 2  Team: 1
12/12/2009
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Richard (Dick) Osborn  Morning Topic: Challenges Facing Adventist Higher Education   Afternoon Topic: Athens or Jerusalem? Accreditation and Academic Freedom on Faith-based Campuses   Bio: Dick has just retired as President of Pacific Union College and is now Associate Director, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (accrediting commission for senior colleges and universities).
Songfest: 115, 12, 227  Hymns: 423, 315, 341  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Advent 3  Team: 2
12/19/2009
11:00
Christmas Service:   Morning Topic: A Special Christmas Celebration   Notes: Bring a contribution in song, poem, reading or other art if possible. Bring munchies to share.   Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Advent 4/Christmas Day  Team: 3
12/26/2009
11:00
Quaker Center
Joint Service: TBD  Morning Topic: TBD   Notes: We meet jointly with City Lights
Winter 2010 Schedule
1/2/2010
11:00
Quaker Center
Joint Service:   Notes: We meet jointly with City Lights. Note the different week this month   Liturgy Sheet:
1/9/2010
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Darold Bigger  Morning Topic: God Squad or Voices for Peace: Chaplains in the US Military   Afternoon Topic: My Journey from Pacifist to Chaplain   Bio: Darold Bigger has a PhD is Pastoral Counseling an MDiv and a MSW, and has been a professor in the schools of Theology and Social Work at Walla Walla University since 1993. In 1999 the Navy selected him as Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and promoted him to the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half). In that capacity he oversaw all religious programs and ministry for more than 100,000 Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Navy reservists. For his leadership in this assignement he received the Navy's highest, non-combat award, the Distinguished Service Medal.
Songfest: 137, 126 (tune 224), 123  Hymns: 11, special music, special music  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 1  Team: 2
1/16/2010
11:00
Spiritual Series: Lester Wright and Kristine Gebbie  Morning Topic: For Us or Against Us? - Exploring what Jesus meant about exclusivity   Bio: Lester Wright, MD, is Director of Health Service in the NY State Prison System. Krisine Gebbie, PhD, is Dean of the School of Nursing at Hunter College, CUNY.
Songfest: 60, 662m 255  Hymns: 21, 247, 235 (tune 607)  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 2  Team: 3
1/23/2010
11:00
Member Series: Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: A Spiritual Trajectory   Bio: Ed Samuel, PhD is an architect in New Haven, CT
Songfest: 73, 94, 365  Hymns: 31, 250, 96  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 3  Team: 1
1/30/2010
11:00
Member Series: Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: How To Read the Bible V: Abraham: Should we question God?   Bio: Terry Anderson, is a software engineer and Forum treasurer and webmaster.   Notes: Some examples from the book by James Kugel (previously Starr Professor of Hebrew at Harvard) subtitled: A Guide to Scripture Then and Now. Kugel gives many examples of how modern scholars have come to interpret familiar passages quite differently than traditional views. Today's topic also includes ideas from Moral Clarity by Susan Neiman who compares two very different stories about Abraham, and their implications about rational religion.
Songfest: 43, 148, 566  Hymns: 565, 24, 25  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 4  Team: 4
2/6/2010
11:00
Member Series: Ronald Lawson  Morning Topic: The Ellen White Project   Bio: Ron Lawson, PhD is Professor Emeritus at Queens College, CUNY and president of our Forum chapter.   Notes: A report on the academic conference that assessed the contributions and significance of Ellen White that was held in Portland, Maine, Oct 22-25.
Songfest: 92, 234, 240  Hymns: 167, 575, 233  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 5  Team: 1
2/13/2010
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Lisa Clark Diller  Morning Topic: Modern Minds, Medieval Bodies   Afternoon Topic: Sex and the Incarnation   Bio: Lisa Clark Diller has a PhD in History from the Univ of Chicago, 2003, and specializes in the Early Modern World, researching the development of religious toleration in England. She teaches the history of the Ottoman Empire, the Atlantic World and Colonial Latin American at Southern Adventist University, where her most popular class is "Pirates, Captives and Slaves." She lives in downtown Chattanooga in a historic neighborhood with her husband Tommy.
Songfest: 70, 76, 75  Hymns: 233, 79, 232  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 6  Team: 2
2/20/2010
11:00
Member Series: Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: Reading the Bible VI   Bio: Terry is a software engineer and the Forum treasurer and webmaster.   Notes: Some examples from the book by James Kugel (previously Starr Professor of Hebrew at Harvard) subtitled: A Guide to Scripture Then and Now. Kugel gives many examples of how modern scholars have come to interpret familiar passages quite differently than traditional views.
Songfest: 538, 523, 94  Hymns: 514, 587, 506  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Lent 1  Team: 3
2/27/2010
11:00
Quaker Center
Joint Service:   Morning Topic: TBD   Notes: We meet jointly with City Lights at their location.   Liturgy Sheet:
3/6/2010
11:00
Ethics Series: Marciana L Popescu  Morning Topic: Everything must change: Reframing Christianity within a human rights paradigm   Bio: Marciana L Popescu, PhD, is Associate Professor in Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service in West Harrison, NY.   Notes: When she spoke to us recently on her research on the abuse of women within Adventist families she really had us sitting on the edges of our pews! She offers thoughts for us to think through in advance: "If Jesus is our model, what is his challenge for us, today? Most of us read Isaiah 58 and Matt.25, for example, as a call to justice. But when we shift paradigms from social justice to human rights, the entire message changes--safeguarding human dignity becomes the core of our mission. The eschatology that is so embedded in our Christian, Adventist faith becomes the main barrier to our mission, and therefore, in Brian McLaren’s words, 'everything must change.' Recapturing the human rights core of the Christ of the gospels, we need to deconstruct our understanding of Heaven, Hell and the Kingdom of God. Will we take the challenge? What are some of the main issues we should be concerned with? How do we reclaim our humanity and our connection with God? EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE!"
Songfest: 666, 113, 300, E667  Hymns: 13, 472, 22  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Lent 3  Team: 1
3/13/2010
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: T Joe Willey  Morning Topic: Can the logic of science be used to establish the supernatural in the health writings of Ellen G. White?   Afternoon Topic: A Beast in the Garden: Who were the confused 'races of men' created by amalgamation of man and beast?   Bio: T Joe Willey received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, Buffalo with Sir John Eccles, Nobel Prize laureate in medicine.  He also had a joint appointment at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA.  During his academic career he conducted research on the brain and taught neuroscience at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.  After retirement he also taught classes at La Sierra University and Walla Walla University Rosario Beach.  In March 2009 he published, A Beast in the Garden:  Who were the Confused Races of Man Created by Amalgamation of Man and Beast?, by The Aegis Group.  He contributes articles to Adventist Today and Spectrum on his studies of the nineteenth-century and Adventism.
Songfest: 344, 504, 114  Hymns: 27, 691, 585  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Lent 4  Team: 2
3/20/2010
11:00
SS Lesson Series: Lester Wright and Kristine Gebbie  Morning Topic: The Fruit of the Spirit is ... A very familiar text, but what does it mean?   Bio: Lester Wright, MD, is Director of Health Service in the NY State Prison System. Krisine Gebbie, PhD, is Dean of the School of Nursing at Hunter College, CUNY.   Notes: Based on the Sabbath School lessons for the quarter.
Songfest: 237, 154, 152  Hymns: 237, E158, 362  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Lent 5  Team: 3
3/28/2010
11:00
Quaker Center
Joint Service:   Morning Topic: TBD   Notes: We meet with the City Lights at their location.   Liturgy Sheet:
Spring 2010 Schedule
4/3/2010
11:00
Special Holy Week/Easter Service:   Morning Topic: Special service where we share readings and music   Notes: Join us in remembering Christ's Passion and celebrate His Resurrection with Scriptures and the best of music. We urge you to invite your friends.   Liturgy Sheet: Special Sheet  Scripture Sheet: Easter: Special Sheet  Team: 1
4/10/2010
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Gerald Winslow  Morning Topic: On Being a Prophetic Minority:  Sectarian Adventism and Social Responsibility   Afternoon Topic: WHO Wants Us: Adventists at Our Best   Bio: Vice President for Mission and Culture, Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is also Vice President for Spiritual Life, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, and Professor of Religion in the School of Religion at Loma Linda University, specializing in biomedical ethics.   Notes: Comments by the speaker: I want to give a presentation in the morning on why I think SDAs will always be viewed, at our best, as a "sect" and why that's not bad.  I want to talk about a vision of a prophetic minority who learns to continue the radical reformation's witness of peace, justice, and humility.  In the afternoon, I want us to think about those times when we are most faithful in being witnesses in society for the prophetic vision of Adventism.  I suppose you could call this an exercise in "appreciative inquiry."  I do wish the group would think ahead of time of their favorite examples of when they have been justifiably proud to be part of a prophetic minority.  I will start with an account of the conference in Geneva last summer when, at the invitation of the World Health Organization, over 700 SDA leaders joined with primary health care experts from around the world to talk about faith-based health care and the health of the planet's poorest people.
Songfest: 169, 165, 95  Hymns: 167, 173, 581  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Easter 2  Team: 2
4/17/2010
11:00
Member Series: Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: How to Read the Bible VII   Bio: Software Engineer and Forum Treasurer and Webmaster.   Notes: More examples from the book by James Kugel (previously Starr Professor of Hebrew at Harvard) subtitled: A Guide to Scripture Then and Now. Kugel gives many examples of how modern scholars have come to interpret familiar passages quite differently than traditional views. Both interpretations add to our understanding.
Songfest: 271, 175, 162  Hymns: 182, 190, 480  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Easter 3  Team: 3
4/24/2010
11:00
No Service:   Notes: No service at St Mary's Church. We urge you to pay a visit to CityLights or another congregation, and to invite some people to the Forum.
5/1/2010
11:00
Guest Speaker: Dr Stephen Ralph  Morning Topic: With Maranatha to Zambia   Bio: Steve, an Emergency Medicine MD, became an Adventist while in medical school in Mexico.   Notes: We first met Steve as a community last Summer at Ron's house--the house where he grew up. Ron bought that house from his mother's estate. When Ron called to invite him to speak, he had just come back from a trip to Zambia organized by Maranatha, where he helped build a new school. He will have lots of photographs and stories to share with us.
Songfest: 20, 587, 29  Hymns: 565, 363, 355  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Easter 5  Team: 1
5/8/2010
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Paul McGraw  Morning Topic: Rescuing the Remnant:  LeRoy Froom and the Definition of Adventism   Afternoon Topic: Unto the Third and Fourth Generation: Musings on Ellen G. White and the Future of Adventism   Bio: Professor, Department of History and Social Studies, Pacific Union College   Notes: Paul is very interested in the history of Adventism
Songfest: 100, 92, 151  Hymns: 560, 348, 351  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Easter 6  Team: 2
5/15/2010
11:00
Guest Speaker: Christoph Weigel  Morning Topic: A Christian Paradox: Environmental Sustainability   Bio: A German born, Swiss raised, Austrian educated and American employed husband and father of three daughters lives in Newtown, CT and works as an architect for one of the original environmentally conscious architecture firms in the country   Notes: Our annual meeting will follow this service. Please plan on attending and participating in important decisions concerning the future of the Forum. Our meetings are traditionally not long.
Songfest: 227, 223, 232  Hymns: 228, 221, 93  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Easter 7  Team: 3
5/22/2010
11:00
Member Series: Kristine Gebbie and Lester Wright  Morning Topic: Sorry Mrs. Zebadee, That's Not How It Works
Songfest: 269, 265, 262  Hymns: 267, 266, 257  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost/Whitsunday  Team: 4
5/29/2010
11:00
No Service:   Notes: No service at St Mary's Church. We urge you to pay a visit to CityLights or another congregation, and to invite some people to the Forum
6/5/2010
11:00
Member Series: Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Being Good   Bio: Our resident architecte-philosopher
Songfest: 30, 498, 71  Hymns: 73, 581, 319  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: 2nd Sunday after Pentecost/Trinity  Team: 3
6/12/2010
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Charles ("Chuck") Scriven  Morning Topic: Adventism and the 'Post-Modern': Samir Selmanovich and Sigve Tonstad as Opposing Paradigms   Afternoon Topic: The Promise of Peace: Toward a Post-Conventional Adventism   Bio: President of Kettering College of Medical Arts, near Dayton, Ohio, and also President of the Association of Adventist Forums
Songfest: 114, 243, 4  Hymns: 18, 57, 210  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: 3rd Sunday after Pentecost  Team: 2
6/19/2010
11:00
Member Series: Kristine Gebbie and Les Wright  Morning Topic: What Is the Value Added of Seventh-day Adventism?
Songfest: 666, 642, 634  Hymns: 8, 627, 362  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: 4th Sunday after Pentecost  Team: 1
6/26/2010
11:00
No Service:   Notes: No service at St Mary's Church. We urge you to pay a visit to CityLights or another congregation, and to invite some people to the Forum

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