Metro New York Adventist Forum
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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.
9/14/2019
2:00
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Margaret Christian  Afternoon Topic: "Prophet, Entertainer, Publicist: Preaching in Edward's Court"   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: What makes a sermon successful? Preachers at Edward VI's court had multiple roles: entertainer, propogandist for the government, and spokesman for God. Hugh Latimer, Stephen Gardiner, and Bernard Gilpin illustrate how preachers and their sermons could succeed or fail with the boy king and his Council.

We meet together for lunch at 2:00 with presentation and discussion at 3:00.

10/12/2019
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Memeber Speaker: Ed Samuel  Afternoon Topic: Could a Calculating Bad Character Also Be a Saint? – The Story of King David   Bio: Ed is an architect, chemist and our resident philosopher   Notes: We meet together for lunch at 2:00 with presentation and discussion at 3:00.
11/9/2019
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeannine Burkhart Murray  Afternoon Topic: Invisible Encounters With God   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.   Notes: We meet together for lunch at 2:00 with presentation and discussion at 3:00.

12/7/2019
NOTE CHANGED Date, Time and Location 11:00 AM
Ed & Stella Samuel's Home in New Haven
Christmas Program:   Afternoon Topic: A Festival of Lessons and Carols.   Notes: The service is at Ed and Stella Samuel's house in New Haven, Connecticut. Click for directions.

There will be a pot luck lunch after the service about 1:00 PM. Bring a contribution if you are able.

1/18/2020
2:00
St Mary's
Guest Speaker: Les Wright  Afternoon Topic: Christ as Art-Restorer It is meant to be another approach to understand why Christ came to earth to live.   Notes: Les was a long term member of the Forum until moving to Australia.

We meet together for lunch at 2:00 with presentation and discussion at 3:00.

2/22/2020
2:00
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Sylvia Hordosch  Afternoon Topic: Women and Families - observations based on a UN Women report and readings of the Bible.   Notes: Sylvia is a third generation Adventist from Austria, who has worked for the last 15 years at the United Nations on gender equality issues.

We meet together for lunch at 2:00 with presentation and discussion at 3:00.

3/21/2020
2:00
St Mary's RESCHEDULED
Guest Speaker: Dr Abraham Terian  Afternoon Topic: TBA   Bio: Dr. Abraham Terian is Emeritus Professor of Armenian Theology and Patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, New York, where he also served as Academic Dean and edited the St. Nersess Theological Review for 12 years (the only Western-language periodical on Armenian Theology). Prior to his time at St. Nersess, he was Professor of Inter-testamental and Early Christian Literatures at Andrews University for twenty years, and for four years a recurring Visiting Professor for Armenian Studies and Hellenistic Judaism at the University of Chicago. He is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of Hellenistic, early Christian and medieval Armenian studies, fields in which he has published extensively (including ten books, the last of which is The Festal Works of St. Gregory of Narek, 2016). As a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University, in 2005 he became the first recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities award by the Fulbright Foundation and the US–Israel Educational Foundation. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, and has served as a Fellow of the Ambrosian Academy of Milan.   Notes: Dr Terian's talk is canceled and there will be NO meeting this month. He will be rescheduled in May or June.

We meet together for lunch at 2:00 with presentation and discussion at 3:00.

4/18/2020
2:00
St Mary's
CANCELLED: Dr. Fumihiko Kobayashi   Afternoon Topic: Lion Symbols in Biblical and Other Holy Storytelling Worlds   Bio: Fumihiko Kobayashi has a PhD in comparative folklore from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is currently an independent scholar working on comparative folklore and culture studies. His book Japanese Animal-Wife Tales: Narrating Gender Reality in Japanese Folktale Tradition (New York: Peter Lang, 2015) scrutinizes the gender-specific behaviors of both the animal woman and her human husband in terms of Japanese premodern sociocultural and historical contexts. His approach to analyzing folkloristic and sociocultural texts highlights how people tend/ed to verbalize, visualize, and symbolize their cosmology as a form of folklore by using their socio-culturally limited knowledge. His latest article is “Playing with Nezumi Rats Toys, Dreaming of Unattainable Utopia: Unique Portrayals of Nezumi in Japanese Folk Tradition” (2019).   Notes: The April meeting has been cancelled due to health concerns with Covid-19. Watch for announcements if we are able to reschedule at a later time.
5/9/2020
2:00
Advent Hope
CANCELLED see notes: Edward Allen  Morning Topic: If Our Goal is to Flourish Then...   Afternoon Topic: The Lost Mission Story: How a Crucial Chapter in the History of Adventist Missions was Rediscovered.   Bio: Edward Allen pastored in Northern California from 1976 to 1990. After spending three years as the pastor of a church in Hong Kong, he pastored in Southern California until 2005. In that year he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where he joined the faculty of the Division of Religion at Union College. He has served as Chair of that Division since 2018. He has both a D. Min. and a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary.   Notes: For 70 years Seventh-day Adventists participated in The Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, a broad ecumenical organization that encouraged college students to commit their lives to foreign mission service. Adventist participation was extensive and long-lasting. Then this participation was almost wholly forgotten. The presentation will discuss why Adventist forgot their involvement in this movement and describe how it was rediscovered.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Ed Allen will not be coming to New York but will be speaking by live stream using Zoom for the Advent Hope 9 AM service. Forum members are welcome to join the live stream presentation, but must sign up in advance at the link: https://www.adventhope.org/stream.

6/13/2020
2:00
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Keisha McKensie  Afternoon Topic: TBA   Notes: We meet together for lunch at 2:00 with presentation and discussion at 3:00.

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