Metro New York Adventist Forum
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Mailing Addr: 115-25 Curzon Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 10418
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Current Schedule of Meetings

All our services 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. On the fourth Sabbath of each month we do not meet at St Mary's and encourage our members to visit other services and invite those they meet to visit us. Some visit City Lights. at Quaker Center (see our directions page).
Fall 2011 Schedule
9/10/2011
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Michael Cafferky  Theme for Day: Festival of Work - We will contemplate, celebrate and dedicate ourselves for God’s first Great Commission: work   Morning Topic: Within and Between: Personal and communal spirituality at work   Afternoon Topic: Models of Faith Integration at Work   Bio: Michael has a DBA, MDiv and is Professor of Business & Management at Southern Adventist University. . He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Business Strategy, Leadership, Business Ethics, and Integrating Faith & Business. He is the author of six books including Management: A faith-based perspective (Pearson-Prentice Hall) released in 2011.   Notes: Each of you are invited to bring an object (“cultural artifact”) associated with or symbolic of your experience at “work.” This applies to everyone: the employed, unemployed, volunteers, disabled, stay-at home spouses and children, pensioners, etc. It applies to so-called blue-collar and white-collar workers. Come prepared to say something about how this object (and the work it represents) serves God.
Songfest: 372, 371, 365  Hymns: 362, 367, 366  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac(#5)  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 13  Team: 2
9/17/2011
11:00
Member Speaker: CHANGE Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: How to Read the Bible: A Covenant with God (Ex 17-20)   Bio: Terry is a Software Engineer, former Physics professor and treasurer/webmaster for the Forum.   Notes: This is a continuation of the series drawn from the book of the same title by James L Kugel, an conservative Jew and well known biblical scholar. The book compares how ancient interpreters (second to first Century BC Jewish scholars) and modern interpreters read various Old Testament passages and finds value in both. Note: Ruben Sanchez and Terry have switched dates. He will be speaking Nov 5.
Songfest: 11, 112, 538  Hymns: 1, 100, 597  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 14  Team: 3
9/24/2011
11:00
No Service:
10/1/2011
11:00
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Lynns  Morning Topic: The Search for Integration of Science and Faith   Bio: Jonathan is a biochemist, originally from Canada, and currently teaching undergraduate biology here in NYC
Songfest: 93, 558, 315  Hymns: 198, 323, 113  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 16  Team: 1
10/8/2011
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Ronald L. Numbers  Morning Topic: The Adventist Origins of Creation Science   Afternoon Topic: The Three Most Influential Adventists: Ellen G. White, John Harvey Kellogg, George McCready Price   Bio: Ronald L. Numbers is the holder of the Distinguished Chair of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. Among his many books are Prophetess of Health: Ellen G. White and the Origins of Seventh-day Adventist Health Reform and "The Creationists: The Evolution of Scientific Creationism." He is now writing a biography of John Harvey Kellogg.
Songfest: 334, 460, 93  Hymns: 198, 569, 103  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 17  Team: 2
10/15/2011
11:00
Guest Speaker: Paul Mikov  Morning Topic: ADRA and World Vision: Two Tales of Christian Humanitarian and Development Vocation   Bio: Paul Mikov has been Director of World Vision's United Nations Office and the organization's UN Representative for the past five years. In this capacity, Paul is responsible for the management of WV's overall engagements in NY with the UN, the diplomatic community, the media, and other major domains of influence and decision making. Prior to his current role, Paul was the Manager of a global surge capacity unit in the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs department of WV's international headquarters. Before joining WV, Paul was in SDA pastoral ministry for 8 years in the Southern California Conference, where he pastored concurrently the Culver City, Burbank, and the Camarillo SDA churches. Paul has a degree in Business Management, two masters degrees, and has done most of the work towards a PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary
Songfest: Member Favorites  Hymns: 348, 266, 518  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 18  Team: 3
10/22/2011
11:00
Member Speaker: Ron Lawson  Morning Topic: What does 'the Second Coming of Christ is Imminent' mean to us after Adventists have been preaching it for 167 years?   Bio: Ron is working towards completing a sociological study of global Adventism which has been researched in 59 countries. He is Professor Emeritus at Queens College, CUNY, and the president of the Metro NY Adventist Forum   Notes: (Today is the 167th anniversary of the "Great Disappointment" of October 22, 1844.)
Songfest: 2, 44, 4  Hymns: 5, 155, 31  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 19  Team: 1
10/29/2011
11:00
No Service:
11/5/2011
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: CHANGE Abraham Terian  Theme for Day: A Theological Approach to Creation and Evolution   Morning Topic: Another Look at Creation and Evolution according to Genesis   Afternoon Topic: Looking at the Same Elsewhere in the Bible   Bio: Dr. Abraham Terian is Professor Emeritus of Armenian Theology and Patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, New Rochelle, New York. Before coming to St. Nersess in 1997, he was Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures at Andrews University and a recurring Visiting Professor for Armenian and Hellenistic Studies at the University of Chicago. He is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of intertestamental, early Christian and Armenian theological literature, fields in which he has published extensively. In 2005 he became the first recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities award by the Fulbright Foundation, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) of the US Department of State, and the US–Israel Educational Foundation (US–IEF). In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.   Notes: All day meeting on a different week than usual.
Songfest: 557, 215, 509  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 21  Team: 1
11/12/2011
11:00
Member Speaker: CHANGE Ruben Sanchez  Morning Topic: Feeding the Holy Spirit: Understanding Diet's Role in Early Adventism   Bio: graduate student in journalism and theology, NYU
Songfest: 43, 624, 167  Hymns: 233, 509, 256  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 22  Team: 2
11/19/2011
11:00
Member Speaker: Gina Rae Foster, PhD  Morning Topic: Resiliency. Gina will read and discuss recent poems exploring relationships with nature, art, friendship, love, and encounters with difference. These poems form part of a new manuscript, Dilation, which focuses on understanding the connections between self, partner, and world through physical detail that expresses emotional authenticity   Bio: Gina is the author of heart, speech, this, a book of poetry, and the author of the forthcoming Lyric Dwelling: The Art and Ethics of Invitation and Occupation, both from Atropos Press.
Songfest: Member Favorites  Hymns: 235, 547, 619  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Last Pentecost--Christ the King  Team: 3
11/26/2011
11:00
No Service:
12/3/2011
11:00
Member Speaker: Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Beauty Matters   Bio: Ed is an architect, philosopher and scientist
Songfest: 416, 81, 76  Hymns: 67, 509, 657  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Advent 2  Team: 1
12/10/2011
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speakers: Alexander Carpenter   Theme for Day: The End of Adventism: Does Our Eschatology Corrupt Our Ethics?   Bio: Alex Carpenter teaches visual arts and religion at Pacific Union College, and edits the Spectrum blog
Songfest: 115, 12, 227  Hymns: 423, 315, 341  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Advent 3  Team: 2
12/17/2011
11:00
Special Christmas Celebration:   Morning Topic: Our Christmas Celebration, through music and scripture   Notes: Please invite friends and family.   Liturgy Sheet: To be provided  Scripture Sheet: To be provided
12/24/2011
11:00
No Service:
12/31/2011
11:00
No Service:
Winter 2012 Schedule
1/7/2012/
11:00
Member Series: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Understanding the Old Testament Through Comparison With Contemporary Near Eastern Literature   Bio: Terry is a Software Engineer and Treasurer/Webmaster of the Forum   Notes: The Hebrews were not alone in the Near East, but part of a larger social structure. We can better understand the Old Testament if we understand the conceptual world of the Near East at the time, the cosmology and world view that the Hebrews shared to a large degree with their neighbors. The literary forms of their neighbors also helps us understand the literary forms in the Old Testament and how this influenced their interpretation of the text. Much of this comes from the book: Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, by John Walton.
Songfest: 137, 126, 123  Hymns: 11, 267, 145  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 1  Team: 1
1/14/2012
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: John Webster  Theme for Day: 'The Promise of Adventism', and how it can be betrayed.   Bio: Dean of the school of Religion, La Sierra University
Songfest: 60, 662, 255  Hymns: 21, 247, 235  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 2  Team: 2
1/21/2012
11:00
Member Series: Gina Rae Foster  Morning Topic: What's Mine Might Be Yours: The Bus(y)ness of Occupation   Notes: A discussion of hospitality and occupation in light of the recent Occcupy movements.
Songfest: 73, 94, 365  Hymns: 31, 250, 96  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 3  Team: 3
1/28/2012
11:00
No Service:
2/4/2012
11:00
Member Series: Jan Anderson  Morning Topic: Genesis Ovewrlooked: Paying attention to the text
Songfest: 43, 148, 566  Hymns: 565, 24, 25  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 5  Team: 1
2/11/2012
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Charles (Chuck) Scriven and Dr Becky Wang  Morning Topic: (Chuck) Darwinism and 'Parascience': A (Non-Fundamentalist) Critique   Afternoon Topic: (Becky) What Makes Adventist Higher Education Adventist?   Bio: Chuck is President of Kettering College and Chair of the Board of the Association of Adventist Forums/Spectrum Managzine. Becky is a Physician, Medical Director for Clinical Quality for Kettering Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Songfest: 92, 234, 240  Hymns: 167, 575, 233  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 6  Team: 2
2/18/2012
11:00
Member Series: Ruben Sanchez  Morning Topic: Yearning for Religion: A history of the secular from its inception in the Protestand Reformation.   Bio: Ruben is a member and a graduate student in Journalism and Religion at New York University.
Songfest: 70, 76, 75  Hymns: 233, 79, 232  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Last Epiphany  Team: 3
2/25/2012
11:00
No Service:
3/3/2012
11:00
CHANGE: Guest Speaker : Stephen Advocate  Morning Topic: Religion as a Binding Together: A talk about lost, regained, and ever-abinding connection   Bio: Stephen is a clinical social worker in New Haven   Notes: Stephen and his wife have been guests at our summer meetings at Ed & Stella's several times.   Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Lent 2  Team: 1
3/10/2012
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr John R Jones  Morning Topic: Four Spiritual Pathways. This will examine Eastern Religions and compare them with Christianity. John is excellently prepared for this topic.   Afternoon Topic: Does God Believe in Religious Evolution? Should We?   Bio: Dr Jones is associate professor in the School of Religion at La Sierra University, teaches in the fields of New Testament studies and Asian religions. Raised in the Philippines, he holds masters degrees in theology and ministry from Andrews University, and the MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University, in New Testament studies and comparative religion. Prior to coming to California, he taught for five years at Hong Kong Adventist College, and for nine in the Far Eastern Division's international seminary, centered in the Philippines.   Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Lent 3  Team: 2
3/17/2012
11:00
Guest Speaker: Scott Christiansen  Morning Topic: Global System Decline Part 1: In the Beginning   Notes: An overview of how sin has degraded the physical world and the natural systems that God created to sustain the planet, and how the marked decline in these systems has brought us to the point where the state of the world as described in Matthew 24 is visible on the horizon   Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Lent 4  Team: 3
3/24/2012
11:00
Guest Speaker: Scott Christiansen  Morning Topic: Global System Decline Part 2: The Ushering in of the Time of Trouble   Notes: The conclusion of an overview of how sin has degraded the physical world and the natural systems the God created to sustain the planet, and how the marked decline in these systems has brought us to the point where the state of the world as described in Matthew 24 is visible on the horizon.   Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Lent 5  Team: 1
3/31/2012
11:00
No Service:
Spring 2012 Schedule
4/7/2012
11:00
Special Easter Sabbath Commemoration of Holy Week and the Resurrection:   Notes: Wonderful Music and Scripture. Bring guests to share the service.   Liturgy Sheet: Special Sheet  Scripture Sheet: Special Sheet  Team: 4
4/14/2012
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Fritz Guy  Theme for Day: An Adventist Christianity for the Future   Morning Topic: The Best Ideas in Our Heritage   Afternoon Topic: How Can We Get to the Future from Here   Bio: Professor Emeritus of Theology, La Sierra University. Dr Guy is the leading theologian among Adventists, the author of the textbook. We have appreciated his knowledge and thoughtful mind many times at the Forum over the years.   Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Easter 2  Team: 2
4/21/2012
11:00
Member Series: Terry Anderson  Morning Topic: Hebrews and the Religion of Laws   Bio: Software Engineer, Forum Treasurer and Webmaster.   Notes: Ancient and Modern interpretation of Ten Commandments and other laws in the Torah (using James Kugle) and comparing the role of laws in the religions of the other Near Eastern cultures (using John Walton).   Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Easter 3  Team: 3
4/28/2012
11:00
No Service:
5/5/2012
11:00
Member Series: Thomas Eby  Morning Topic: Complex Gifts. (Some of God's gifts are unexpected and complicated. How he can turn unpleasant situations into blessings.)   Bio: Graduate student in ancient Assyrian history, Yale University and member   Notes: IMPORTANT NOTE: The Forum's annual meeting will follow this service. Please plan on participating as we elect out officers and plan for the year ahead. (This is not usually a long meeting.)   Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Easter 5  Team: 1
5/12/2012
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Edwin I. Hernandez, PhD  Morning Topic: Gatherings of Hope: How Congregations Contribute to the Quality of Life of their Neighborhoods   Afternoon Topic: Thinking Outside the Bun: How to Make Adventist Education Accessible to the Children Who Need It Most   Bio: Dr Hernandez is a senior program officer for research, education, and congregational initiatives at the DeVos Family Foundations, in Grand Rapids Michigan. He also serves as a research fellow with the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His Ph.D. is in sociology.
Songfest: 503, 504, 92  Hymns: 349, 344, 355  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Easter 6  Team: 2
5/19/2012
11:00
Guest Speaker: Paul Mikov  Morning Topic: Towards a Theology of Humanitarian Action   Bio: Paul has been Director of World Vision's United Nations Office and the organization's UN Representative for the past five years. In this capacity, Paul is responsible for the management of World Vision's overall engagements in New York with the UN, the diplomatic community, the media, and other major domains of influence and decision making. Prior to his current role, Paul was the Manager of a global surge capacity unit in the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs department of World Vision's international headquarters. Before joining World Vision, Paul was in SDA pastoral ministry for 8 years in the Southern California Conference. Paul has a degree in Business Management, two masters degrees, and has done most of the work towards a Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Songfest: 350, 239, 238  Hymns: 176, 165, 351  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Easter 7  Team: 3
5/26/2012
11:00
No Service:
6/2/2012
11:00
Member Series: Peter Lyons  Morning Topic: Death and Immortality   Bio: . Peter is a biochemist, originally from Canada, and currently teaching undergraduate biology here in NYC. He and his family will be moving to Andrews University over the Summer, where he has been appointed to the faculty.
Songfest: 30, 21, 84  Hymns: 73, 72, 90  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Pentcost 1  Team: 1
6/9/2012
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Maury Jackson  Theme for Day: 21st Century Adventist Theological Education: Some Pragmatic Guidelines   Morning Topic: Preaching and a Theology of Rhetoric: Notes on Confessional Speech Acts   Afternoon Topic: The Future of Adventist Theological Education: The Dilemma of Pastoral Studies   Bio: A professor of pastoral ministry, La Sierra University. An African American, he was recommended to me as a very engaging speaker, with a sharp mind and keen insights, as someone whom "you should invite to come."
Songfest: 523, 420, 633  Hymns: 4, 627, 421  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 2  Team: 2
6/16/2012
11:00
Member Series: Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: What is truth?   Bio: Scientist, architect and philosopher
Songfest: 232, 257, 465  Hymns: 228, 144k 90  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 3  Team: 3
6/23/2012
11:00
Member Series: Ron Lawson  Morning Topic: Poems that helped shape, and reflect, my spiritual journey   Bio: Professor Emeritus at Queens College and president of the Forum   Notes: This is our last regular service until September - watch for announcement of summer meetings in member homes.
Songfest: 77, 151, 76  Hymns: 239, 481, 506  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 4  Team: 1

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