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 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
2:00 PM
St Mary's
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
Guest Speaker: 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.

2:00 PM
St Mary's
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.   Notes: Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow
2:00 PM
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Christie Chui-Shan Chow  Theme for Day: Christie will talk about her religion-related experiences during her recent trip to China.   Bio: Christie obtained hjer PhD 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: The talk by Dr Margaret Christian originally schedule for this month is being delayed until Jan 13 due to illness.
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  Afternoon Topic: Tentitive Title: How and Why to Read the Bible based on Heb 1:1-3   Notes: Chuck will also be speaking at 9 and 11 AM services at Advent Hope.
11:00 & 2:15
St Mary's
Member Speaker: Jennifer Lin  Theme for Day: TBA