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

We have a presentation and discussion once a month, usually on the second Sabbath. Most of our meetings are at St Mary's Church (see Our Home) and start at 2:00 PM but watch the schedule for exceptions.
Fall 2017 Schedule
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Yi Shen Ma  Theme for Day: The Path of Peace in a Time of Nationalism   Bio: Yi Shen Ma is Associate Pastor of L.A. Chinese Seventh-day Adventist Church and a Ph.D. candidate at Claremont School of Theology. He is also an adjunct professor of religion at La Sierra University. Prior to this, he served in the United States Navy as a religious program specialist and volunteered as development director of Adventist Peace Fellowship. His research focuses on the theology of the common good and Christian social witness in a secular world.   Notes: We will start with a potluck lunch and begin the lecture and discussion between 2:30 and 3:00
11:30 and 3:00 PM
Church of the Advent Hope
Guest Speaker: John McClarty  Morning Topic: TBD Joining with Advent Hope morning service   Afternoon Topic: Working Toward Heaven: Spirituality for people with Adventist histories and secular convictions   Bio: John is pastor of the Green Lake SDA Church in Seattle, WA.   Notes: John is coming to Advent Hope to help them celebrate an anniversary and we are joining with them in the morning and will hold an afternoon meeting with him at Advent Hope.

John's comments on his afternoon presentation: I mine my own Adventist heritage for earthy habits—behaviors—that tend toward bliss and compassion. These behaviors include outward actions like Sabbath keeping, contemplation, meditation, charitable giving and inner behaviors like the deliberate cultivation of specific forms of imagination and valuing. I will touch on the theology/ideology that undergirds my practice, but the primary focus will be on habits of body and mind.

The Forum members are invited to a potluck lunch at 1:00 hosted by Advent Hope and they say we do not need to bring food.

2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Geomon George  Theme for Day: Reading the Bible in a Global City   Bio: Rev. Dr. Geomon George is an ordained minister in the India Pentecostal Church (an indegenious church organization in India) who serves as the pastor of the International Gospel Church of Connecticut. He is also a faculty member at the City Seminary of New York. Geomon earned his PhD from the university of Edinburgh. He is also the president of the International Gospel Church, a Christian mission organization in India. Geomon is the author of the book, Religious Pluralism : Challenges for Pentecostalism in India, and a contributor to many books and articles. He is presently engaged in writing and research in the area of Diaspora studies.   Notes: Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Christie Chui-Shan Chow  Theme for Day: Christie will talk about her religion-related experiences during her recent trip to China.   Bio: Christie obtained hjer PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary's program of Religion and Society in 2015. She was born and raised in Hong Kong and has studied extensively in China.   Notes: The talk by Dr Margaret Christian originally schedule for this month is being delayed until Jan 13 due to illness.
Winter 2018 Schedule
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Margaret Christian  Theme for Day: Spirit and Society in 1550 and 2017: What the World Needs, Then and Now.   Bio: Dr. Margaret Christian is Associate Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley Campus. Her articles have appeared in Studies in Philology, Christianity and Literature, Sixteenth Century Studies, and Spenser Studies, among other journals. Her book Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis was recently published by Manchester University Press (2016). Margaret teaches first-year and advanced composition and many literature classes, including Bible as Literature, Shakespeare (to English majors as well as to undergraduates meeting general education requirements), The Short Story, and British Literature to 1798. A current interest is moving literature classes online while promoting her students’ sense of intellectual community and discovery.

A fourth-generation Adventist, Margaret, like both her parents, was born at the White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. She graduated from Loma Linda Academy in 1976 and from La Sierra University in 1980 with a B.A. in English. She returned to Los Angeles to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UCLA, then moved to Pennsylvania in 1986. She is currently a member of the Allentown SDA Church, where she serves the Primary Sabbath School and Women's Ministry.   Notes: This talk was rescheduled from Dec 2 due to illness and continues her talk that she started Jun 15. Her talk examines Edwardian court sermons for their 21st century resonances. It's based on her Spectrum blog post

Our originally scheduled speaker, Jennifer Lin, will be reschedule for next fall and the discussion of Ron Lawson's paper to be lead by Ed Samuel will be scheduled for later in the year.

Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow.

2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Pastor Ryan Myers  Theme for Day: Pentecost   Bio: Ryan is the senior pastor of Vineyard One NYC, a church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Vineyard One is a part of God’s diverse family, creatively carrying on the work of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Born into a Nazarene family, investigating everything Christian from Quakerism to Pentecostalism briefly, and nearly ordained in the Presbyterian Church (PCA), Ryan has now found his spiritual home in the Vineyard.

While not pastoring, Ryan teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to immigrants in Queens. Prior to assuming his pastoral role at Vineyard One, Ryan had served as Executive Director for Prison Fellowship’s NY chapter and as the Program Director at the Bowery Mission Transitional Center. He earned his MA in Urban Mission at Westminster Theological Seminary through City Seminary of New York and his MA in Biblical Counseling through Colorado Christian University, where he studied under Larry Crabb and Dan Allender.

Ryan has been married to Carrie for 19 years and together they have three children whom they are extravagantly proud of.   Notes: Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow

2:00 PM
St Mary's
CANCELLED: Erin Raffety, PhD  Theme for Day: Dignifying Difference: From Inclusion to Discipleship   Afternoon Topic: Erin Raffety, PhD   Bio: An advocate for people with disabilities, Erin Raffety is a Lecturer in Youth, Church, and Culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She serves as the Associate Pastor for Outreach and Education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, NJ and earned her MDiv from Princeton Seminary and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. Her book, Families We Need is based on ethnographic research in China with foster families raising children with disabilities. Her current research and writing considers intersections of anthropology, disability studies, and ministry.   Notes: Due to a family emergency, our speaker Erin Raffety cannot be with us and so we are cancelling this service. We will try to reschedule her lecture at a later time.

From the speaker: So often approaches to ministry for people with disabilities focus on the importance of inclusion without recognizing the gifts for ministry and promise of discipleship they already bring to those around them. How do we grapple with the very real, practical, structural and systemic barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities and move beyond the limits that approaches like inclusion place on people with disabilities’ opportunities to lead, contribute, and grow in the church? In this session, Rev. Dr. Raffety will speak from her anthropological fieldwork, ministry, and personal experience with people with disabilities in order to reflect on how God sees our differences, how we can learn to see differently, and in so doing, how we can better experience and embrace not just the fullness of humanity but the fullness of God.

Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow

Spring 2018 Schedule
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Shane Akerman  Theme for Day: God and Country: Political Implications for the Doctrine of the Trinity   Bio: Born and raised in Salem, Oregon. Did undergraduate studies at Southern Adventist University. Completed a MA in Ethics and New Testaments studies from Claremont School of Theology, a MA in Theology from La Sierra. I am currently writing my doctoral dissertation at Claremont Graduate University in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology program. My dissertation is on the relationship between the doctrine of the Trinity and political theology.   Notes: Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Kevin Burton  Theme for Day: God's Last Choice: Adventists, Fundamentalism, and Gender / Making Better (White) People: Adventists, Eugenics, and Race.   Notes: Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Janice McLean, PhD  Theme for Day: TBD   Bio: Dr McLean comes to us from the City Seminary of New York   Notes: Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow