|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 2019 Schedule|
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.
|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.|
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.
NOTE CHANGED Date, Time and Location 11:00 AM
Ed & Stella Samuel's Home in New Haven
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.