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.
Fall 2016 Schedule
9/17/2016
11:00
Member Speaker: Christie Chui-Shan Chow  Morning Topic: TBD   Bio: Christie obtained her Ph.D. 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: Christie has recently returned from China and will, I believe, be reporting to us about her expriences.
9/24/2016
11:00
Hartsdale SDA Church
Shared Guest Speaker: Kevin James  Morning Topic: He will speak about classic American and Adventist views regarding the relationship of church and state, and comparing that with what is known as American civil religion.   Bio: Kevin is Associate Director in the Religious Libery Department of the Southern Union of SDA.
10/8/2016
9:00
Church of the Advent Hope on 87th St
Shared Guest Speaker: Jon Paulien  Morning Topic: TBD   Bio: Jon Paulien is Dean of the School of Religion at Loma Linda University. He is the author of twenty-one books and more than two hundred articles (Adventist Review, Ministry, Journal of Biblical Literature, Biblical Research, Andrews University Seminary Studies, among others), scholarly papers (Society of Biblical Literature, Chicago Society for Biblical Research, and others) and other publications. Jon is a specialist in the study of the Johannine literature in the New Testament (Gospel of John and Book of Revelation) and the intersection of faith with contemporary culture. He also takes special delight in seminars and presentations to non-specialists who can make practical use of the material in the real world.   Notes: We are cooperating with the Church of the Advent Hope to hear this great speaker only available on this date. Notice the time. And notice that we are also meeting at St Mary's for another service the same day. This Service should conclude soon enough to get to the other service (see below)
10/8/2016
11:00
Guest Speaker: Les Wright  Morning Topic: The F-word (Living as a Christian in a world of FEAR)   Bio: Les, a physician, was a member with us for a long time, but is now retired and living in Australia. We love to have him speak when he gets back to this hemisphere, but he is only available this Sabbath.   Notes: Note that this is the second service on this Sabbath. The other one at the 87th St Church (see above) should end soon enough to attend both.
10/15/2016
11:00
Hartsdale SDA Church
Shared Guest Speaker: Dr Abraham Terian  Morning Topic: What, Then, of the Kingdom? A Walk through the Gospel of Matthew   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 this year a Fellow of the Ambrosian Academy of Milan.
11/5/2016
11:00 & 2:15
Manhattan SDA Church
Shared Guest Speaker: Ken Wilson  Morning Topic: Living World: Accident or Design?   Afternoon Topic: Why We Believe (5 questions to ask an evolutionist)   Bio: Joined SDA church at age 13, graduated from Takoma Academy and Columbia Union College: Double majors : Biology and Religion, Md. University MEd Science Education, Various SDA Universitys in west: Post graduate work in Paleontology, Anthropology, Geology, Biology, Creation studies. Teaching career: Takoma Academy: Biology, Human Anat/Phys, Chemistry 43 yrs., Washington Adventist University last 5 yrs. in Science Dept. : Human Health and Disease, Humans and the Environment, Human Anat/Phys. Lectured in many U.S. states including Hawaii. Regular speaking schedule currently at Spencerville SDA church and South Carroll SDA church, both in Md. Currently have appointments throughout churches in WVa. Conference   Notes: This service will be at the Historic Manhattan SDA Church in Greenwich Village, 232 West 11 Street (Off Seventh Avenue).
11/19/2016
11:00
Member Speaker: Stella Samuels  Morning Topic: In Search of Identity -- A look at who we are as Christians and how our group identity intertwines with out individual self-concept.   Bio: Stella Samuel is a retired teacher, school administrator and long-term member of the Forum.
12/3/2016
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Lowell Cooper  Morning Topic: The Holy Spirit Writes the Mission Map   Afternoon Topic: What is Happening in My Church   Bio: Canadian-born Lowell Cooper recently retired after 17 years as a vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Prior to his employment at the Church’s world headquarters, Lowell held pastoral and departmental leadership roles in Canada followed by over 16 years of service in Pakistan and India. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Michigan and a master's degree from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Lowell continues to serve as chair for the boards at Loma Linda University Health—an academic medical center comprised of an 8-school university and 6 hospitals. He is also chair of the board for Adventist Health International. Lowell’s wife, Rae Lee, is a nurse and musician. The couple has two adult children.
12/17/2016
11:00
CANCELLED: Special Christmas Celebration: Forum Members  Morning Topic: A Message from The Messiah - a Messiah sing along with a recording   Notes: Service cancelled due to winter weather advisory through Saturday morning. Please bring a copy of the Schirmer edition of the score if you have one - We have extra copies if you don't. A pot luch lunch will follow the service.
Winter 2017 Schedule
1/14/2017
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).
1/21/2017
11:00
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.
2/4/2017
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.
2/18/2017
11:00
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.
3/4/2017
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.
3/18/2017
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.
Spring 2017 Schedule
4/1/2017
11:00 & 2:15
Hartsdale SDA Church
Member Speaker: Steve Siciliano  Theme for Day: Paradigms Lost   Morning Topic: Big Salvation   Afternoon Topic: Mundane Religion   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: Our understanding of God and the religious life, like everything else, depends on the era of history in which we live. As Western Christians and heirs of the Protestant Reformation, our understanding of the bible has a distinct shape in which individual-centered teachings stand out above others. Today’s set of two messages, titled, “Paradigms Lost,” will highlight a few other overlooked but complementary biblical themes. The morning presentation, titled, “Big Salvation” will introduce the intended global scope of the gospel while the afternoon presentation, “Mundane Religion” will suggest ways in which Christian religious experience should extend to our practical life in the outer world.
4/15/2017
11:00
Musical Service: Everyone  Morning Topic: A Celebration of Easter - We will be reading scripture and singing hymns to celebrate Holy Week.
5/6/2017
11:00 & 2:15
Member Speaker: [change]Jeannine Bookhardt-Murray  Theme for Day: Mr. Jake and the Red Sea   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: The theme is: forgiveness.

5/20/2017
11:00
Guest Speaker and Annual Meeting: Carrie Myers  Morning Topic: Spiritual Direction and Ignatian Spirituality   Bio: Carrie Myers (MA/Ph.D. English and American Literature, New York University) is a writer, poet, educator, spiritual director, wife, and mother of three. Carrie has taught writing and literature or worked as a writing consultant at Hunter College, Barnard College, and NYU, and was most recently a faculty member and Writing Center Director at City Seminary of New York. Her poems have appeared in the journal Feminist Spaces and in exhibitions at the Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center in Harlem. She is the author of a children's book, What about Beethoven (Scholastic), and a chapter ("A Ninja, A Nun, and a Knight: Christianity and Narrative Mischief in Brian Meehl's You Don't Know About Me, Suck it Up, and Suck it Up and Die") in a forthcoming book on young adult literature and religion (McFarland Press, Ed. Jacob Stratman).

Carrie is studying to become a licensed spiritual director at the School of Sustainable Faith, and is a member of Spiritual Director's International (SDI). She and her husband are church planters with the Vineyard Association of Churches, and currently lead Vineyard One NYC, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.   Notes: Annual Meeting The Forum Annual Meeting will follow immediately after the service. Bring your lunch. We will send out a questionaire before the meeting so members can think about the issues.

6/3/2017
11:00 & 2:15
Guest Speaker: Ron Lawson  Morning Topic: Expecting the End: How Soon is "Soon"?   Afternoon Topic: Are you Ready for Jesus to Come? Awaiting Christ's Return   Bio: Ron is a "Guest" only because he now resides too far to attend regularly. And we are glad when he can return for a visit and speak to us. Ron was the President and leading force of Forum for most of its existance, but a few years ago moved to North Carolina where he is starting a Forum clone. Ron retired as Emeritus Professor of Sociology from Queens College where one of his specialties was Sociology of Religion. He is completing a book: a socialogical study of global Adventism.
6/17/2017
11:00 & 2:15
Member Speaker: Margaret Christian  Morning Topic: God's Courtesy: Biblical Sources for a 16th Century Virtue   Afternoon Topic: TBD   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.