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 2013 Schedule
9/7/2013
11:00
Member Speaker: Abigail Doukhan, PhD  Morning Topic: New Beginnings: Lessons from the Sacrifice of Isaac   Bio: Abi is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department at Queens College, CUNY
Songfest: 21, 498, 514  Hymns: 2, 627, 413  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 16  Team: 2
9/14/2013
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Ryan Bell  Morning Topic: The Power of Paradox   Afternoon Topic: Risking Transformational Relationships   Bio: Former pastor of the Hollywood Church, Los Angeles. An innovative and even radical pastor, who built up the attendance at his congregation and led it into widespread involvement in its community and thus put it on the map there as never before, was unaccountably fired the week after speaking to us in the Spring for "not being sufficiently Adventist."
Songfest: 197, 114, 315  Hymns: 565, 510, 503  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 17  Team: 1
9/21/2013
11:00
Member Speaker: Terry L Anderson  Morning Topic: Faith, Fundamentalism & the Forum: Struggle and Succor   Bio: Software Engineer, Member, Treasurer and Webmaster of the Forum
Songfest: 3, 285, 475  Hymns: 1,547, 239  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 18
9/28/2013
11:00
No Service:
10/5/2013
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Todd Leonard  Theme for Day: MOVING TOWARDS A STAGE-FOUR SABBATH. For better and for worse, seventh-day Sabbath-keeping has been the theological and cultural touchstone of Adventism. Does an expansive and generous Adventism need to jettison the Sabbath as a high value? Or could Sabbath actually be a useful portal into a more robust theology and ecclesiology?   Bio: Pastor, Glendale City Church, CA. Todd Leonard has spent most of his pastoral ministry developing congregations that connect with young adults and the marginally religious. Since 2012 he has been Senior Pastor at the Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. He lives in Glendale with his wife, Robin, and three elementary school-aged daughters.
Songfest: 611, 615, 112  Hymns: 23, 363, 574  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 20  Team: 1
10/12/2013
11:00
Guest Speaker: Catherine Taylor, MSW  Morning Topic: Social Constructionist Theory and Church Relationships   Bio: We have, over the years, greatly enjoyued Catherine's insightful presentations. She is a social worker in the greater DC area.
Songfest: 559, 199, 250  Hymns: 4, 577, 319  Team: 2
10/19/2013
11:00
Member Speaker: Marciana Popescu, PhD  Morning Topic: TBA   Bio: Professor of Sociology at Fordham University
Songfest: 223, 344, 224  Hymns: 73, 80, 79  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 22
10/26/2013
11:00
No Service:
11/2/2013
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Charles E. Steen III  Morning Topic: Loving God: How Can We Keep His Greatest Law?   Afternoon Topic: Loving God: How Can We Keep His Greatest Law? We can agree that gays constitute a challenge for the church but likely disagree on how the challenge should be met. But if God is testing us with this issue what great principles point the way forward?   Bio: Retired after 42 years of pastoral ministry in the NAD and Ethiopia, Claude is married to the former Donna Chalmers. They are the parents of five adult children and grandparents to eleven. They live in an historic 1827 home at the end of the road in north central North Carolina. Since retirement Pastor Steen has served as volunteer editor of Who Cares?, an online newsletter for pastors and educators focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in the Adventist church.
Songfest: 114, 523, 280  Hymns: 473, 575, 526  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 24  Team: 1
11/9/2013
11:00
Member Speaker: Gina Rae Foster, PhD  Morning Topic: Gestating the Spirit: Becoming Selves through a Nurturing Faith? Gina will talk about the work of Bracha Ettinger, a French-Israeli painter/theorist who writes about gestation and individuation from a psychoanalytic perspective, and her take on how that can be usefully transferred to a spiritual journey.   Bio: Gina is head of an institute at Lehman College, CUNY. She is also a published poet and member.
Songfest: 25, 533, 583  Hymns: 44, 517, 538  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 25  Team: 2
11/16/2013
11:00
Member Speaker: Ed Samuel, PhD  Morning Topic: Rudolph Bultmann and the Demythification of Christianity.   Bio: A former professor of chemistry and then architecture, now practices as an architect and teaches philosophy
Songfest: 24, 113, 100  Hymns: 22, 238, 461  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 26  Team: 4
11/23/2013
11:00
Member Speaker: Ronald Lawson, PhD  Morning Topic: Questions Concerning the Relevance of SDA Teachings to Animist Cultures   Bio: A retired Professor of Sociology at Queens College, CUNY, and church musician, is completing a long-awaited study of global Adventism, Apocalypse Postponed.
Songfest: 29, 240, 557  Hymns: 561, 8, 421  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Last week in Pentecost  Team: 3
11/30/2013
11:00
No Service:
12/7/2013
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Gerhard van Wyk, PhD  Theme for Day: Adventists encountering the challenges of the 21st century. In the morning service he will speak on this topic from the perspective of the Bible and how modernism and postmodernism have and can in the future determine our theology. In the afternoon he will speak on how these worldviews from the perspective of our daily praxis can determine our theology and Christian being.   Bio: Gerhard was born and lived most of his life in South Africa. He was a geologist and an agnostic “evolutionist”, before becoming a Christian and a Seventh-day Adventist. He was an Adventist pastor for more than 20 years, then a professor in Theology at the University of South Africa for the past 30 years, and, by extension of Andrews University, at the Helderberg College Campus. In retirement, he still serves as a Contract Professor and Examiner for the University of South Africa. He and his wife now live near their children in California
Songfest: 152, 117, 116  Hymns: 221, 210, 204  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Advent 2  Team: 1
12/14/2013
11:00
Christmas Celebration: All Hands on Deck  Morning Topic: Nine Lessons and Carols
12/21/2013
11:00
No Service:
12/28/2013
11:00
No Service:
Winter 2014 Schedule
1/4/2014
11:00
No Service:
1/11/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Dr L Jeannine Bookhardt-Murray  Morning Topic: Thorns of Grace   Bio: Jeannine was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received her Bachelor's degree from Andrews University and her Medical Doctorate Degree from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Her desire to work in an inner city led her to New York for residency at Harlem Hospital. She is Board Certified Internal Medicine and nationally recognized HIV Specialist. As the Chief Medical Officer at Harlem United her responsibilities include supervision of two busy clinical practices. Harlem United specializes in care for people with HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, transgender care and other marginalized populations.

Although a 4th generation SDA she was out of the church for over 25 years. She gave her heart to God in 2004 and was rebaptized in 2007. She is married to James Briggs Murray, the former curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the NY Public Library's Schomburg Center in Harlem.
Songfest: 148, 333, 432  Hymns: 84, 574, 575  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 1  Team: 2

1/18/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Dr Gina Rae Foster  Morning Topic: Gestating the Spirit: Becoming Selves through a Nurturing Faith?   Bio: Gina is our own published poet and researcher/administrator at Lehman College, CUNY. Gina will be bringing her new baby, now a few months old, to the Forum for the first time to meet us all--hopefully her husband will also come with her.   Notes: Gina will be talking about the work of Bracha Ettinger, a French-Israeli painter/theorist who writes about gestation and individuation fronm a psychoanalytic perspective and her take on how that can be usefully transferred to a spiritual journey. (postponed from the 11/9 cancelled service).
Songfest: 145, 162, 256  Hymns: 60, 185,257  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 2  Team: 3
1/25/2014
11:00
No Service:
2/1/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Zane Yi  Morning Topic: The Possibiliy of God: Reasoning about Faith after the Critique of Reason   Afternoon Topic: Telling a Better Story: The Continuing Significance of Master Narratives   Bio: Dr Yi joined the Loma Linda University School of Religion in July of 2013 as an Assistant Professor. He received Master’s Degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary (Theology) and Loyola Marymount University (Philosophy) before completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Fordham University in May of 2013. His research interests include phenomenology, hermeneutics, and 19th century philosophy. Zane is particularly interested in the intersection of these areas with theological thought and practice.
Songfest: 45, 79, 36  Hymns: 96, 62, 226  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 4  Team: 1
2/8/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Stella Samuel  Morning Topic: The Way: How relevant is it to Seventh-day Adventists today?   Bio: Stella is a member and a retired school teacher and administrator.
Songfest: 473, 642, 634  Hymns: 17, 472, 547  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 5  Team: 2
2/15/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Tom Eby  Morning Topic: TBA   Bio: Tom is completing his dissertation and PhD in Assyrian History at Yale University and a member.
Songfest: 152, 240, 229  Hymns: 21, 76, 64  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 6  Team: 3
2/22/2014
11:00
No Service:
3/1/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speakers: Drs Kendra Haloviak and Gilbert Valentine  Theme for Day: Both presentations will note the issues of interpretation surrounding the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) that was recently established by the General Conference to weigh the Pros and Cons of allowing the ordination of women in the Adventist Church. These issues include the “Methods of Bible Study” (voted by the GC in 1986). More contemporary approaches will be explored in the context of the Fourth Gospel, also known as the Gospel of John. The afternoon session will explore a new hermeneutic for reading Ellen White. Kendra will be the lead speaker in the morning, Gil in the afternoon.   Bio: Gil and Kendra, who are married, are members of the faculty of La Sierra University in California.

Gil is professor and chair of the Department of Administration and Leadership.  He has both taught and served in senior administration in Adventist higher education in Pakistan, England, Thailand, and Australia, as well as in his home country, New Zealand.  He has written extensively in the area of Adventist history.  His publications include W.W. Prescott:  Forgotten Giant of Adventism’s Second Generation (2005) and The Prophet and the Presidents:  Ellen White’s Influence on the Leadership of the Early Seventh-day Adventist Church (2011).

Kendra is an associate professor of New Testament studies in the H. M. S. Richards Divinity School.  Her recent publications include “The Book of Revelation,” in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011) and Signs to Life:  Reading and Responding to John’s Gospel (2013).
Songfest: 642, 634, 615  Hymns: 43, 167, 91  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Last Epiphany  Team: 1

3/8/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Christie Chui-Shan Chow  Morning Topic: Conversion to Seventh-day Adventism: a Chinese Perspective   Bio: Christie is a PhD candidate in the Religion and Society program at the Princeton Theological Seminary. She is writing her dissertation on Adventist divisions in China. She is a new member of the Forum.   Notes: Christie will consider what it means to be an Adventist in China today and how Chinese Adventists maintain their faith. A study of schisms among Adventists in eastern China illuminates the limits defining Adventist faith in institutional and orthodox contexts. Her example will challenge us to rethink Adventism from a global perspective.
Songfest: 477, 278, 280  Hymns: 191, 197, 506  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Lent 1  Team: 2
3/15/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker Note this is an all day meeting: Dr Oystein LaBianca  Theme for Day: Contested Pasts: Narrating Tall Hisban, biblical Heshbon, in the Age of Globality   Bio: Dr LaBianca is Professor of Anthropology and Archeology, Andrews University. Founding co-director of the Madaba Plains Archeological Project, Jordan; Visiting researcher University of Bergen's Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion - AHKR; Member of board of trustees of ACOR in Amman Jordan; Member of the board of trustees and former vice-president for research of The American Schools of Oriental Research in Boston; Former member of the steering committee of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. His research has been supported by grants from, among others, American Schools of Oriental Research, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Geographic Society, the Research Council of Norway and the US Department of State's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Heritage Preservation.… Sten has recently become fascinated with the links between this archeological site and issues surrounding global warming, et. al.
Songfest: 509, 517, 523  Hymns: 11, 463, 475  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Lent 2  Team: 3
3/22/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Dr Joseph Tse-hei Lee  Morning Topic: Bible and Gun: How successful was Christianization of China?   Bio: Dr Lee is professor of history at Pace University in New York City. He has written numerous studies of the history of Christianity in China, including his published thesis, The Bible and the Gun: Christianity in South China (2003). A Lutheran himself, he is learning Adventist history and beliefs from his wife, Christie (who is speaking on March 8). He is a new member of the Forum.   Notes: Joseph will review the historical transformation of Protestant Christianity from a mistrusted and severely persecuted foreign religion into a fast-growing and fully indigenized spiritual movement in China. Once the gospel rooted itself as an indigenous religion through the Christianization of kinship networks, native churches emerged as a key steward in community governance and continued to flourish under the Communist rule.
Songfest: 164, 465, 188  Hymns: 473, 113, 538  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Lent 3  Team: 4
3/29/2014
11:00
No Service:
4/5/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest: Dr Renč Drumm  Morning Topic: Hidden Histories: Spousal Abuse in the Adventist Church   Afternoon Topic: ’I Didn’t want to be There, but it was Life-changing’: Changing Clergy and Church Member responses to Spouse Abuse Disclosure among Adventists   Bio: Dr Renč Drumm, head of the Social Work Program, Southern Adventist University. Rene has pioneered important research that has brought attention to such issues within the Adventist Church as abuse of children and of spouses, and the neglect of elderly church members.
Songfest: 70, 79, 151  Hymns: 39, 72, 162  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac  Scripture Sheet: Lent 5  Team: 1
4/12/2014
11:00
SPECIAL: Holy Week/Easter Remembrance and Celebration  Morning Topic: Music and Readings   Liturgy Sheet: follow special program  Team: All Teams
4/19/2014
11:00
Member: Linn Tonstadt  Morning Topic: Debt Time is Straight Time: Queer Prophecy and Capitalist Resistence   Bio: Professor of Theology in the School of Religion, Yale University. One of our favorite speakers, who always grabs our attention and leaves us mulling over what she has said.
Songfest: 5, 197, 181  Hymns: 36, 237, 239  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Palm Sunday  Team: 2
4/26/2014
11:00
No Service:
5/3/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest: T. Joe Willey  Morning Topic: Why Dinosaurs Did Not Make it on Noah's Ark. Discoveries at Dinosaur National Monument   Afternoon Topic: The Strained Partnership Between Secularization and Sectarianism in Adventist Higher Education   Bio: Joe received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York, 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. He has broad knowledge and interests—a fascinating man.
Songfest: 172, 495, 298  Hymns: 43, 532, 538  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Easter 3  Team: 1
5/10/2014
11:00
Member: Pastor Steven Siciliano  Morning Topic: Coming of Age: Affirming the Spirit of God in Us   Bio: Pastor Siciliano is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister currently on study leave from the Greater New York Conference. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Spring, Michigan, and had begun a graduate degree in education while serving as a missionary teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. He is now working towards a Masters in Community Health Promotion at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, where he is also helping to create ”Cultural Conversations,” an enrichment program for international students. Pastor Siciliano has had a longstanding love for the New Testament letters, especially the books of Galatians, Ephesians, and Hebrews, which have been the dominant influence on his understanding of the Christian faith. He is married to Maria Elena Godoy Siciliano, an educator and renal dietitian at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. We are delighted that Steven and Elena have become active members of the Forum in recent months.
Songfest: 199, 257, 267  Hymns: 342, 552, 338  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Easter 4  Team: 2
5/17/2014
11:00
Member: Dr Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: God's Truth and Scientific Truth   Bio: architect and philosopher   Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Easter 5  Team: 3
5/24/2014
11:00
No Service - Holiday Weekend:
5/31/2014
11:00
No Service:
6/7/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest: Dr Gary Land  Morning Topic: Uriah Smith in Europe and the Middle East, 1894. Gary says that he learned a great deal about Uriah Smith from this study, for it is the best documented period of his life.   Afternoon Topic: Uriah Smith and Ellen White: A Conflicting Relationship. A topic, Gary tells me, that will raise some key questions.   Bio: Professor Emeritus of History, Andrews University. Gary is deservedly Adventism’s best-known historian
Songfest: 12, 101, 100  Hymns: 16, 113, 264  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost  Team: 1
6/14/2014
11:00
Member: Dr L. Jeannine Bookhardt-Murray  Morning Topic: Refining Touches   Bio: Jeannine was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received her Bachelor's degree from Andrews University and her Medical Doctorate Degree from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Her desire to work in an inner city led her to New York for residency at Harlem Hospital. She is Board Certified Internal Medicine and nationally recognized HIV Specialist. As the Chief Medical Officer at Harlem United her responsibilities include supervision of two busy clinical practices. Harlem United specializes in care for people with HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, transgender care and other marginalized populations.

Although a 4th generation SDA she was out of the church for over 25 years. She gave her heart to God in 2004 and was rebaptized in 2007. She is married to James Briggs Murray, the former curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the NY Public Library's Schomburg Center in Harlem.
Songfest: 21, 25, 30  Hymns: 73, 278, 96  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 1 (Trinity)  Team: 2

6/21/2014
11:00
Member: Thomas E. Eby  Morning Topic: Be Sick, Be Loved   Bio: Tom has just completed his Ph.D. in Assyrian Studies at Yale University. Congradulations   Notes: PLEASE NOTE: The annual meeting of the Forum will take place immediately after the service. Please attend, to have input into our future plans. One of the items to be decided that day is when and where to have our Summer meetings, which are traditionally held in members’ homes. Today is our last service at St Mary’s Church until September 6.
Songfest: 3, 262, 295  Hymns: 2, 285, 303  Liturgy Sheet: Lilac (really white)  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 2  Team: 3
6/28/2014
11:00
No Service:

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