Metro New York Adventist Forum
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Mailing Addr: 70-25 Yellowstone Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
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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 2018 Schedule
11:00 and 2:00
St Mary's
Anniversary Celebration: Ron Lawson  Theme for Day: Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Metro New York Adventist Forum   Morning Topic: History and Celebration of the Forum   Afternoon Topic: The impact of immigrants on the churches in Britain, France, and the Netherlands.   Notes: The afternoon lecture is a presentation Ron gave at the Friedensau Symposium in April, 2018. There will be a catered lunch between the services (if you will be joining us for lunch, please RSVP to Janet Shultz at or Stella Samuel at The lunch and afternoon meeting will by in the church undercroft (below the sanctuary).
2:00 PM
Advent Hope
Guest Speaker: Chuck Scriven  Morning Topic: How (and Why) to Disagree about the Bible   Afternoon Topic: Hermeneutics and How to be Human: A Philosophical Frontier and the Future of Faith   Notes: Chuck will also be speaking at 9 and 11 AM services at Advent Hope.
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Lin  Theme for Day: Two pillars of the Chinese Church: The Rev. Lin Pu-chi and Watchman Nee   Bio: Author Jennifer Lin is veteran newspaper reporter, who spent 31 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, working as a correspondent in Beijing, New York and Washington, D.C. Her family memoir, Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family, was published this year by Rowman & Littlefield. Told as narrative nonfiction, the book traces 150 years of modern Chinese history through the experience of a single family. Since finishing her family memoir, Ms. Lin now is working on a documentary about the Philadelphia Orchestra's history and ongoing engagement in China.   Notes: Her talk is drawn from her book and addresses the foundation of the fast-growing Christian church in China today.
New Haven, CT
Music and Scripture: Ed Samuel and Faith Esham  Morning Topic: Christmas Program   Notes: Note location. Watch for more details
Winter 2019 Schedule
2:00 PM
St. Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Hermann Kuman  Afternoon Topic: What, divine delay?   Bio: He was born and grew up in Accra, Ghana, studied to be a pastor and evangelist at the Adventist Seminary of West Africa (now Bapcock University Nigeria), obtained a Doctorate in Religion in SDA Seminary in Michigan, and served in various administrative, pastoral, evangelist, and educational roles in the SDA Church. He helped establish and ministered at the First Ghana SDA Church in The Bronx, NYC. He was retired in June 2017.
2:00 PM
Advent Hope
Guest Speaker: Drs Kendra and Gilbert Valentine  Afternoon Topic: TBA   Bio: TBA   Notes: Drs Valentine will also be speaking at 9 and 11 AM services at Advent Hope. There will be NO potluck.
2:00 PM
St. Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Carrie Myers  Afternoon Topic: Navigating the Stages of Faith   Bio: Carrie Myers is a writer, poet, and spiritual director. She and her husband lead Vineyard One NYC, a small, diverse church community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They have three children (and a guinea pig!). She has a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from New York Unversity and has taught at NYU, Barnard College, Hunter College, and City Seminary of New York. She is a licensed spiritual director through the School of Sustainable Faith. She writes about spiritual direction, faith, family, and life in the city at her blog, “Ravished by Light” (   Notes: Have you ever felt stuck in your spiritual or personal development, or seen someone else flounder? Understanding the stages of faith can help you make sense of your spiritual journey up to this point, identify the factors that are keeping you from growing, and help you move towards inner freedom and the fullness of who God has created you to be.

What are the stages of faith? How do we recognize where we are on the journey? How can we be present to others at their stage? How do churches and spiritual leaders help and hinder faith progression? What kind of prayer life supports growth?

This presentation will bring together ideas from Stages of Faith: A Critical Journey by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich, Ignatian spirituality, Henri Nouwen’s writings on prayer, spiritual direction, and (if time permits) the Enneagram personality typing system. It will include a time of guided prayer and reflection.

Beginning with this service and future services at St Mary's, the Forum will provide lunch for those attending, catered by Ollie's, but you must inform Janet (347-233-0126) before Saturday morning with the food you want (select from Ollie's website ). Lunch will be at 2:00 with presentation and discussion after lunch.

2:00 PM
Advent Hope
Guest Speaker: Dr James Hayward  Morning Topic: FROM BIRDING TO HEALTH: ADVENTIST ENGAGEMENT WITH NATURE   Afternoon Topic: THE MYTH OF DISCRETE CATEGORIES: HUMAN DIVERSITY AND POTENTIAL   Bio: is a professor emeritus of biology at Andrews University where he taught for 30 years. Before joining the Andrews faculty, he taught at Southwestern Adventist University, Union College, and Walla Walla University. He has published more than 70 scientific papers on ornithology, behavioral ecology, and paleontology, and he has contributed numerous articles to Adventist publications. His book The Creation-Evolution Controversy: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 1998) won a Choice award from the American Library Association. He also edited Creation Reconsidered: Scientific, Biblical, and Theological Perspectives (Association of Adventist Forums, 2000). He and his wife, Shandelle Henson, a mathematical ecologist, study the effects of climate change on seabirds and coordinate the Seabird Ecology Team at Andrews University.   Notes: Note about morning presentation: Seventh-day Adventists enjoy strong connections with the natural world. William Miller was a farmer, as was Hiram Edson. Joseph Bates was a sea captain. Ellen White grew up in a small town, but she loved nature and frequently referred to the natural world in her writings. For an apocalyptic group hoping for a “better land,” Adventists nonetheless focused a great deal on “this land.” Their interest in nature led to fascinations with biology, geology, hiking, camping, birding, natural remedies, and the establishment of institutions in rural settings. This presentation will explore the Adventist nature tradition, consider its historical context, and evaluate the impact of this tradition on Adventist participation in the wider culture.

Note about afternoon presentation: Saint and sinner. Man and woman. Adventist and non-Adventist. Believer and unbeliever. Saved and lost. Sacred and secular. Liberal and conservative. Ordained and non-ordained. Humans like to pigeonhole. Reality, however, rarely occurs in discrete categories. Indeed, much of creation is best represented by statistical distributions, not discrete categories. An important corollary is that often there is more variation within a group than between groups. This fact carries important implications for how we view “truth,” how we value one another, how we manage organizations, and how we think about “unity” and “diversity.” Following a consideration of natural distributions, measures of central tendency, variability, and human diversity, we will open a discussion of this topic as it relates to Christianity and Adventism.

Dr Hayward will also speak for the regular morning services at 9 and 11:30. Then Forum will take its members out to lunch before the presentation at 2 PM.

2:00 PM
St. Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr Michael Campbell  Afternoon Topic: The Haunting of the 1919 Bible Conference: The Ghosts of Adventist Interpretation   Bio: Michael W. Campbell, Ph.D., is associate professor of Religion at Southwestern Adventist University. He is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and most recently served for six years as a missionary training pastors at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines. He has published numerous popular and peer-reviewed journal articles about theology and religious history. He served as assistant editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013), and editor of The Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary. Some of his recent books include Here We Stand: Luther, the Reformation and Seventh-day Adventism (Pacific Press, 2017), The Pocket Dictionary of Ellen G. White (Pacific Press, 2018), and 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism (Pacific Press, 2019).   Notes: The Forum will also hold its annual meeting at 12 noon, come and bring suggestions for topics next year.

The Forum will provide lunch for those attending, catered by Ollie's, but you must inform Janet (347-233-0126) before Saturday morning with the food you want (select from Ollie's website ). Lunch will be at 1:00 with presentation and discussion at 2:00.

2:00 PM
St. Mary's
NO MEETING:   Notes: There will not be a Forum Meeting in June. Our next meeting will be in September.