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 2014 Schedule
9/6/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Smuts van Rooyen  Theme for Day: Where have all the Flowers Gone? A Reflection on Joy   Bio: A former college professor and pastor, who is known as one of the finest preachers within American Adventism. He retired a year ago from the Pastorate of Glendale City Church in Los Angeles, where he had been for over a decade.
Songfest: 8, 10, 522  Hymns: 2, 125, 12  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 13  Team: 1
9/13/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Ron Lawson  Morning Topic: Ron will summarize a paper he presented in May at a Symposium on Adventists and World War I at Friedensau University, Germany, entitled Adventists, War, and Oppressive Governments: Patterns and Relationships from Before World War I to the Present. You will find the patterns that emerge cause for careful pondering.   Bio: Ron is the Forum President, a retired professor (historical sociology) and a persistent researcher and writer concerning global Adventism.
Songfest: 384, 382, 303  Hymns: 1, 609, 606  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 14  Team: 2
9/20/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Ed will lead a discussion of the readings set for the day: Psalms 145:1-8; Exodus 16:2-15; Phil 1:21-30; Matt 20:1-16.   Bio: Ed was born and raised in India. He is an architect, philosopher, and former professor of chemistry - a man of many parts and broad abilities.   Liturgy Sheet: White  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 15  Team: 3
9/27/2014
11:00
No Service:
10/4/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Ron Osborn  Morning Topic: In the morning Ron will share with us material from a recently published article, The Theopolitics of Adventist Apocalypticism I have read it and found it gripping.   Afternoon Topic: He will give us two choices, or a mix of them, in the afternoon. It is liely that we will want to continue discussing the morning topic for at least a while; however, if we wish, he will talk about the them of his recent book, Death Before Humankind: Thoughts on the Creation/Evolution Controvery.   Bio: Ron, who comes from a family that is well known in the Church because of its extensive involvement over at least three generations, completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of Southern California. He currently has a post-doctoral fellowship at Wellesley University in Massachusetts.
Songfest: 27, 197, 627  Hymns: 221, 522, 461  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 17  Team: 1
10/11/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Christie Chui-Shan Chow  Morning Topic: Incest, Litigation, Prostitution (1 Corinthians 5-6)   Bio: Christie was born and raised in Hong Kong, and has studied extensively in China. She is completing her PhD dissertation in Religion at Princeton University.   Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 18  Team: 2
10/18/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Tom Eby  Morning Topic: Tom will lead us in a discussion of either the first portion of the Gospel of Mark or the reading set for the day in the Lexicon.   Bio: Tom is completing his PhD dissertation in Assyriology at Yale University   Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 19  Team: 3
10/25/2014
11:00
No Service:
11/1/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Ben McArthur  Theme for Day: The Crooked Timber of Humanity: God's Leaders from Moses to A. G. Daniells.   Bio: Ben is Professor of History at Southern Adventist University. He is completing a biography of A. G. Daniells, who was President of the Adventist General Conference from 1901 through 1922, the longest anyone has held the position.
Songfest: 80, 189, 228  Hymns: 21, 240, 421  Liturgy Sheet: White  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 21  Team: 1
11/8/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Joseph Tse-Hei Lee  Morning Topic: The History of the Christian Disaster Movement in China   Bio: Joseph was raised in Hong Kong and has travelled and researched extensively in China. He has a PhD in history from University of London and is a professor at Pace University in Manhattan
Songfest: 211, 214, 420  Hymns: 226, 448, 210  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 22  Team: 2
11/15/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Stella Samuel  Morning Topic: Stella will lead us in a discussion of either a portion of the Gospel of Mark or the readings set for the day in the Lexicon.   Bio: Stell was born and raised in India. She retired from teaching a year ago. She is renowned for her love, generosity and superb cooking.
Songfest: 19, 217, 224  Hymns: 21, 615, 616  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 23  Team: 3
11/22/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Steven Sicilliano  Morning Topic: Naked Bliss -- and the Importance of being Human: Reflections on Worship in Eden   Bio: Steven is our favorite local pastor. He is currently pursuing further education.
Songfest: 114, 355, 394  Hymns: 16, 232, 167  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Last Pentecost  Team: 4
11/29/2014
11:00
No Service:
12/6/2014
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Alexander Carpenter  Theme for Day: Reflections on Adventism, Art, Activism, and Academia   Bio: Alex is well known among us not only because he has spoken at the Forum several times, but because it was he who was the chief creator of the Spectrum blog and made it the blog that every informed Adventist reads more eagerly. He is a Professor at Pacific Union College.
Songfest: 24, 23, 19  Hymns: 10, 116, 117  Liturgy Sheet: White  Scripture Sheet: Advent 2  Team: 1
12/13/2014
11:00
Member Speaker: Stella Samuel, Charlene Whitney, and perhaps others  Morning Topic: Feminine Viewpoints: Galileo's Daughter, Current World Opinions, and Adventist Dilemmas
Songfest: 110, 101, 99  Hymns: 115, 107, 112  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Advent 3  Team: 2
12/20/2014
11:00
Special Christmas Celebration:   Morning Topic: This is the service we look forward to all year -- a special celebration of Christ's birth. This includes a reading of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, interspersed with vocal and instrumental music and congregational carols.   Team: 3, 4
12/27/2014
11:00
No Service:
Winter 2015 Schedule
1/3/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Pastor Steven Siciliano  Morning Topic: Communion Service
Songfest: 134, 128, 140  Hymns: 400, 397, 403(during Communion), 407  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Christmas 2  Team: 1
1/10/2015
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Gerald Bryant  Morning Topic: The Flood, from Biblical Theme to Apologetic Device   Afternoon Topic: The Flood and Fundamental Belief #6   Bio: Gerry Bryant is a sedimentary geologiest at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and elder in the Red Cliffs SDA Church. He holds a Master's degreee in geology from Loma Linda University and a PhD in geology from the University of Toronto.   Notes: The Leadership of the General Conference is planning to change the wording of Fundamental Belief #6 at the General Conference Session this summer. The current wording of that belief is taken directly from the Scriptures, which leave room for varying interpretations of those passages. The purpose of the planned change is to have the belief state explicityly that the world was created recently in six literal, contiguous days of 24 hours each. This can then become a test of faith for employees such as science professors at Adventist universities. I asked several such scientists to address this topic, but all nervously declined, choosing to lay low at this time. However, a Forum friend directed me to Dr. Bryant, a well-known geologist who is employed at a university that is not run by the Adventist Church. He seems to be an excellent choice for this important topic, and we give him a warm welcome to this Forum chapter.
Songfest: 515, 513, 432  Hymns: 3, 92, 96  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 1  Team: 2
1/17/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Dr Linn Tonstad  Morning Topic: When Does Economic Inequality Become Sinful?   Bio: Linn is a professor at Yale University School of Religion   Notes: One of the greatest blessings of being at this Forum chapter is to hear Linn speak regularly to us, for she is always so thought-provoking. We have known her ever since she first came to Yale as a Grad Student, having just graduated from La Sierra University. Her dissertation was considered brilliant, but then we lost her for a few years to a university near Chicago. However, to our great joy, Yale chose to recruit her back again a few years ago, a sure sign that they consider her to be one of their best graduates in recent years.
Songfest: 627, 490, 493  Hymns: 60, 480, 523  Liturgy Sheet: White  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 2  Team: 3
1/24/2015
11:00
Bible Study: Tom Eby  Morning Topic: Tom will lead us in our continuing seried of Bible studies based on the Gospel of Mark. The focus this day will be chapter 2. "The best kind of Sabbath School Class."   Bio: Tom is completing his PhD in Assyriology at Yale University.
Songfest: 574, 312, 305  Hymns: 285, 301, 559  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 3  Team: 4
1/31/2015
11:00
No Service:
2/7/2015
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Dr Gerald Winslow  Morning Topic: Advent Hope and Healing   Afternoon Topic: The Adventist Church and its Health Systems   Bio: Dr Winslow is Vice President for Mission and Culture and Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at Loma Linda University Health.   Notes: I am sure that many of us are concerned about a sense of drift and change in the Adventist hospital system. Since Jerry is an old friend, I wrote to him bluntly, asking to discuss the issues, not here a PR presentation (given his current position). He wrote back very honestly. I quote from his reply:

“I'll try to think and talk ‘critically.’ What concerns me, in part, is the gradual drifting of faith-based health systems away from the faith communities that gave them birth. You have an example in your vicinity. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has recently severed formal ties with Lutheran health system in NYC, and I understand that the system is now being fully merged with NYU. Again, Catholic Health Care West announced a couple years ago that it was changing its name to Dignity and would no longer be an official ministry of the Roman Catholic Church. Thus, one of the larger Catholic systems in the U.S., with over 40 hospitals, ceased to be Catholic.

“Nowadays, many SDA leaders say ‘We've lost our health systems.’ Those are often the exact words used. Why are they ‘lost’? Could they be found again? Are we content to leave things on cruise control with what I think will be predicable results? I'd like some help from you and your friends regarding such matters. I know that NYC is not a hotbed of Adventist health organizations, but I'm hoping people would be willing to engage in a friendly conversation about why Adventists are in health care. Should we be? And if we should be, how could that be done more faithfully? The shark in the goldfish bowl looks a bit like this: $

"So...I will argue...just when the nation needs our distinctive take on health promotion, disease prevention, and the integration of these into a truly great ‘whole-person’ care system, we seem to need a renewal of a covenant of trust between our church and its health systems. Will you and your brothers and sisters talk to me about this?”
Songfest: 22, 323, 315  Hymns: 21, 250, 223  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Epiphany 5  Team: 1

2/14/2015
11:00
Guest Speaker: Rev Mary Foulke  Morning Topic: TBA   Bio: Rev Foulke is the new priest at St Mary's Episcopal Church, where we worship   Notes: It will be a privilege for us all to get to know “Mother Mary”, and she is eager to get to know us. I met her last Sabbath, and found her warm, thoughtful, and welcoming. Please make a point of being present if at all possible.
Songfest: 43, 148, 99  Hymns: 233, 238, 167  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Last Epiphany  Team: 2
2/21/2015
11:00
Bible Study: Dr Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Ed will lead a discussion based on at least one of the readings read earlier in the service   Bio: Ed is an architect, philosopher and a former professor of chemistry. Ed taught earlier at Spicer College in India and later, after his studies in architecture at Yale University, he was the chair of the Architecture Program at Andrews University
Songfest: 145, 317, 151  Hymns: 112, 148, 79  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Lent 1  Team: 3
2/28/2015
11:00
No Service:
3/7/2015
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: CHANGE Dr Julius Nam  Theme for Day: Ben Carson, John Harvey Kellog, and (Re-)Public Adventistm   Bio: Julius a scholar and attorney has a PhD in Advenist history from Andresw University and has taught religion at Pacific Union College and Loma Linda University. He holds a JD from UCLA and has worked as a law cleark to three federal judges. This spring he will join the US Attorney's Office n LA as a federal prosecutor. He has recently traveled an amazing personal spiritual journey.   Notes: He commented on his topic: "I'd like to talk about Adventist and Adventism's engagement with the public in the United States (with a sprinkling of illustrations from elsewhere). I'll weave my personal journey into the talk, as I'm very much in the process of figuring out how I can engage the public as an Adventist."
Songfest: 70, 504, 503  Hymns: 96, 510, 513  Liturgy Sheet: White  Scripture Sheet: Lent 3  Team: 1
3/14/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Jeannine Bookhardt-Murray, MD  Morning Topic: Spectacles   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. It is always a special joy when she speaks to us.
Songfest: 538, 517, 526  Hymns: 362, 108, 421  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Lent 4  Team: 2

3/21/2015
11:00
Bible Study: Steven Sikora, Esq.  Morning Topic: Continuation of our series of studies on the gospel of Mark   Bio: Steven gained his undergraduate degree from Southern Adventist University, and is a lawyer in NYC. We met him in November when he attended the Forum in order to hear Dr Ben McArthur, who had taught him history at Southern.
Songfest: 72, 655, 642  Hymns: 162, 237, 232  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Lent 5  Team: 3
3/28/2015
11:00
No Service:
Spring 2015 Schedule
4/4/2015
11:00
Special Easter Service:   Morning Topic: This is Easter Sabbath, when we will have our service of music and Scripture remembering the week spanning Christ’s Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem to the Resurrection. Mark it in your calendars and invite your friends.
Songfest: TBA,  Hymns: TBA,  Liturgy Sheet: Special  Scripture Sheet: Special  Team: 3 & 4
4/11/2015
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Clyde Morgan  Morning Topic: The Story of Adventist Frontier Missions   Afternoon Topic: The Unreached   Bio: Clyde is the founder of Adventist Frontier Missions, an Adventist independent program that is widely admired among those who know it because it has deployed and supported missionaries in many isolated parts of the world where the Gospel is not known. (In sharp contrast with this, most of the official church outreach occurs among people who are already Christians.)
Songfest: 165, 169, 172  Hymns: 173, 358, 167  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Easter 2  Team: 1
4/18/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Ron Lawson  Morning Topic: I wish to lead a discussion exploring our expectations of life beyond death and resurrection—concerning heaven, eternity, etc. What do you expect, and what are you basing this on, especially Biblically?   Bio: Ron is Professor Emeritus at Queens College, CUNY -- a sociologist -- and president of this Forum chapter for 41 years.
Songfest: 472, 420, 422  Hymns: 423, 429, 421  Liturgy Sheet: White  Scripture Sheet: Easter 3  Team: 2
4/25/2015
11:00
No Service:
5/2/2015
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Marty Phillips  Theme for Day: Seeing God’s Glory in the most Unexpected Places   Bio: Marty Phillips, for years worked closely with Dr. Whitehouse, who pioneered a totally new way of reaching out to Muslims in their communities and villages, encouraging them to become “Christ-serving Muslims” but remain active in their mosques and also meet separately with other fellow-believers to honor Christ, and who consequently can remain as “salt” in their communities instead of, as usually happened with more traditional approaches, being expelled. This program was closed down by General Conference leaders because the converts could not be counted among Adventist statistics, but it had by that time gathered sufficient momentum of its own to continue to grow rapidly. Marty tells me that the tide has turned, and several people at the GC are now seeing this as a key approach of Christianity to Islam.
Songfest: 319, 359, 363  Hymns: 370, 378, 362  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Easter 5  Team: 1
5/9/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Joseph Tse-Hei Lee  Morning Topic: Christianity and US-China Relations in the Global South   Bio: Joseph Tse-Hei Lee was raised in Hong Kong and has travelled and researched extensively in China. He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of London, and is a professor of history at Pace University in Manhattan.
Songfest: 79, 85, 62  Hymns: 2, 363, 64  Liturgy Sheet: Pink  Scripture Sheet: Easter 6  Team: 2
5/16/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Christie Chui-Shan Chow  Morning Topic: Christie will lead us in our continuing study of the Gospel of Mark. We will take up the passage that was listed for March 21, when the service was cancelled because of a snow storm: Mark 3 and into the beginning of chapter 4.   Bio: Christie Chui-Shan Chow was born and raised in Hong Kong, and has studied extensively in China. She is completing her Ph.D. dissertation in Religion at Princeton University.   Notes: The Annual Business Meeting will follow this service. We have important decisions to make about the future of the Forum—please do everything you can to be present.
Songfest: 240, 241, 267  Hymns: 176, 247, 223  Liturgy Sheet: Yellow  Scripture Sheet: Easter 7 (Ascension)  Team: 3
5/23/2015
11:00
No Service:
5/30/2015
11:00
No Service:
6/6/2015
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Jared Wright  Morning Topic: The Death of Liberal Adventism, Thanks Be to God: What This Kernel Will Produce After Falling to the Ground. Jared explained: “Within Adventism, the liberalism that characterized Spectrum and Adventist Forum at the time of its inception is endangered and on the verge of extinction. Future generations of Adventism will be confronted by a choice between fundamentalism and post-Christianity as Millennials and their successors exit the church in droves. I contend that this is catastrophic for Adventism, but a boon for the world at large, paradoxically, leading me to say ‘Thanks be to God’."   Afternoon Topic: Ellen White, Adventist Apostle: Why Ellen Was Not a Prophet and How We Might Better Understand Her Contributions. Jared commented: “I will take a relatively unprecedented look at Ellen White's life and ministry pointing to the conclusion that she functioned more like the biblical apostles than the biblical prophets, and what the ramifications of that re-framing might be for women in the Adventist denomination today, among other things.”   Bio: Jared Wright is a young "retired" pastor. He completed a master's degree from La Sierra University's School of Religion (now HMS Richards Divinity School), and served as a pastor in the Southeast California Conference. He is now the managing editor of SpectrumMagazine.org He lives and works in Riverside, California.
Songfest: 257, 104, 30  Hymns: 73, 3, 407  Liturgy Sheet: Blue  Scripture Sheet: Pernecost 2  Team: 1
6/13/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: Ed has been re-reading Ellen’s White’s Education, and will address some of the issues she raised there.   Bio: Ed is an architect, chemist and our resident philosopher
Songfest: 224, 530, 532  Hymns: 348, 267, 498  Liturgy Sheet: White  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 3  Team: 2
6/20/2015
11:00
Member Speaker: Pastor Steven Siciliano  Morning Topic: Truth or Unity? Which is more important?   Bio: Steven is our favorite pastor   Notes: This will be our last meeting at St Mary’s until September, as usual. At our May 16 business meeting we will decide where and when to hold meetings in member’s homes in July and August. You will be informed of this schedule, of course.
Songfest: 301, 481, 262  Hymns: 538, 351, 350  Liturgy Sheet: Green  Scripture Sheet: Pentecost 4  Team: 3

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