Metro New York Adventist Forum
meeting at St Mary's Episcopal Church
521 W. 126th St, Manhattan

for more information call 212.468.4066

Next @ the Forum
3/10/2018, 2:00 PM St Mary's
Guest Speaker Erin Raffety, PhD
Theme for Day: Dignifying Difference: From Inclusion to Discipleship
Bio: An advocate for people with disabilities, Erin Raffety is a Lecturer in Youth, Church, and Culture in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She serves as the Associate Pastor for Outreach and Education at Grace Presbyterian Church in Kendall Park, NJ and earned her MDiv from Princeton Seminary and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University. Her book, Families We Need is based on ethnographic research in China with foster families raising children with disabilities. Her current research and writing considers intersections of anthropology, disability studies, and ministry.
Notes: From the speaker: So often approaches to ministry for people with disabilities focus on the importance of inclusion without recognizing the gifts for ministry and promise of discipleship they already bring to those around them. How do we grapple with the very real, practical, structural and systemic barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities and move beyond the limits that approaches like inclusion place on people with disabilities’ opportunities to lead, contribute, and grow in the church? In this session, Rev. Dr. Raffety will speak from her anthropological fieldwork, ministry, and personal experience with people with disabilities in order to reflect on how God sees our differences, how we can learn to see differently, and in so doing, how we can better experience and embrace not just the fullness of humanity but the fullness of God.

Remember, we start with a potluck at 2 PM with lecture and discussion to follow

Winter 2017 News
Fall 2017 News
Dear Forum Community,

Welcome to another season of The Forum.

All our speakers are in place for the year and you can see the current schedule on our website.  Check back later as more information about our speakers and the titles of their talks.  The first service will be on Sep 9 when our speaker will be Yi Shen Ma

We remind you that this year we will be meeting only once a month, usually the second Saturday (except October).  All our services will be in the afternoon at St Mary's.  We will no longer have a morning service.  Each meeting will begin with a potluck lunch at 2 PM to be followed by the lecture and discussion.

Welcome to the Home of the Forum

The Metro New York Adventist Forum is a community worshiping together twice a month on Saturdays in St Mary's Church Manhattan. While many member are Seventh-day Adventists (SDA), anyone is welcome to worship with us.  St Mary's is our primary home, but sometimes we share a speaker with other churches often meeting in their sancuaries (as noted in our schedule listing).

Our services include music, liturgy, prayer and either a speaker or a discussion. The Forum is a chapter of the Association of Adventist Forums, but unlike most chapters, our meetings are worship services and meet at the traditional worship time of SDA churches. We have not sought recognition as an official church by the local SDA conference, but do serve as a worship home for many area students and others who find our format filling a gap not satisfied by other area churches.

Our members hold views ranging from conservative to liberal and our discussions encourage free explorations of varying viewpoints and avoid condemning any honestly held belief.

If you live near NYC consider joining our community or add your name to our mailing list. If you visit the NYC area, consider worshiping with us.

Consider helping us with our mission to the students of the NYC area by becoming a contributing member.

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