Metro New York Adventist Forum
Picture of St. Paul's Chapel
Mailing Addr: 115-25 Curzon Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 10418

Current Schedule of Meetings

We worship twice a month, usually on the first and third Sabbaths. On our first Sabbath most months we have a guest speaker along with an additional afternoon session at 2:15 as noted. All our services are at St Mary's Church (see Our Home) and start at 11 AM.
Winter 2017 Schedule
11:00 & 2:15
Manhattan SDA Church
Guest Speaker: Fritz Guy  Morning Topic: Envisioning an Adventist Future   Afternoon Topic: Reading the Bible as It Actually Is   Bio: Research Professor of Philosophical Theology at La Sierra University and a leading Adventist theologian; formerly chair of Theology at SDA Seminary   Notes: Fritz tells us "Although my topics may seem unrelated, in fact the latter grows out of the former." This service will be at the Historic Manhattan SDA Church in Greenwich Village, 232 West 11 Street (Off Seventh Avenue).
Ed Samuel's House
Member Speaker: Ed Samuel  Morning Topic: view and discuss movie: Enough Room at the Table   Notes: There will be a pot luck lunch after the service. The service is at Ed and Stella Samuel's house in New Haven, Connecticut. Click for directions.
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Olive Hemming  Theme for Day: Prophecy and Eschatology in Fresh Perspective   Bio: Olive Hemmings has been teaching in Seventh-day Adventist higher education since 1982. She began teaching at her Alma Mater West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University) in 1982, one year before graduating, and continued teaching there until 1998, when she moved to California to further her studies. She earned the M.A. in New Testament and Biblical languages from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University in 1989, and the Ph. D. in Theology, Ethics, and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2004, spending one year at Fuller Theological Seminary, and two years in residence at Claremont. She taught at Northern Caribbean University for 15 years, and has been teaching at Washington Adventist University for the past thirteen years in the areas of New Testament Bible and Greek, World Religions, Social, Biblical, and Theological Ethics, and Dogmatic Theology both in graduate and undergraduate programs. She is president of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, has an ordained minister credential from Columbia Union Conference, and pursues a yearly itinerary of preaching and teaching nationally and internationally. Her major publication Sacred Texts and Social Conflict is a case study of the debate over women’s ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to demonstrate the ways in which sacred texts function as the site of power for communities in conflict. Olive has been married to Charles Kuuku Paintsil of Accra, Ghana for 28 years, and they have three children (two of whom are adults) - William Yofi, Alexandra Ama, and Harold Mica-El Kwesi. Her great passion in life is fueled by a strong sense of purpose, and sustained by the grace of God.
Janet's Home
Member Speaker: Steve Siciliano  Morning Topic: Communion Service   Notes: This service will be at Janet Schultz apartment, 70-25 Yellowstone Ave, #7Q, Forest Hills, NY.
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Steve Siciliano  Theme for Day: Eschatology in the Book of Galatians   Bio: Steven Siciliano holds an MDiv degree from Andrews University and serves as part-time pastor with the Greater New York Conference, overseeing the Hartsdale SDA Church in Westchester County. He also works weekdays as a project coordinator at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, where he is finishing a second master’s degree, in Community Health Education.   Notes: Seventh-day Adventists and other groups who specialize in “end-time events” typically derive their views from biblical books like Daniel and Revelation, together with select passages in the prophets, gospels, and new testament letters. The book of Galatians almost never comes to mind in that regard, yet the framework that Paul hints at in that letter contributes one of the most important insights we have into the prophetic timeline, and conveys a principle that should rightly serve as a starting point in our understanding of the last days. This week at the Forum, our own Steven Siciliano will present a two-part overview of Galatians, focusing on its outline of apocalyptic history.
11:00 & 2:15
Hartsdale SDA Church
Guest Speaker: Abraham Terian  Morning Topic: Whosoever in John 3:16   Afternoon Topic: The Gospel of John as Passion Narrative   Bio: Dr. Abraham Terian is Professor Emeritus of Armenian Theology and Patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, New Rochelle, New York. Before coming to St. Nersess in 1997, he was Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures at Andrews University and a recurring Visiting Professor for Armenian and Hellenistic Studies at the University of Chicago. He is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of intertestamental, early Christian and Armenian theological literature, fields in which he has published extensively. In 2005 he became the first recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities award by the Fulbright Foundation, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) of the US Department of State, and the US–Israel Educational Foundation (US–IEF). In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.