|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|
|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
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.
|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.|
|Member Speaker: Margaret Christian Theme for Day: God's Courtesy: Biblical Sources for a 16th Century Virtue 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: Continuing her talk that she started Jun 15.|