This is the final installment in a three-part subseries in our "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" series, curated by Jan M. Long. These three articles, written by Mailen Kootsey, address the sources of variation in biology. Previous "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" articles can be found here.
The closing event of the Third Way conference was a four-way panel discussion, moderated by Lisa Clark Diller. It took the form of a series of questions about interfaith experiences and lessons learned, answered in turn by each of the participants. The panelists were Muslim Amin Issa, Adventists Valerie Radu and Darleen Handal, and Jewish Deborah Levine. In addition to spanning a variety of faiths, they represented differences of age, race, culture and gender.
Brian McLaren, author of "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?" spoke on Sabbath morning, September 7, at the Adventist Forum Conference. Several people had been asked to prepare responses, including President of Southern Adventist University Gordon Bietz. This is the response Bietz gave:
Dr. McLaren quotes Ivan Illich:
“If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.”[i]
“I’ll just stay here,” said one participant in the roundtable conversation hosted by Pastor Mike Fulbright.
This particular participant had enjoyed the prior conversation, “Urban, Adventist, and Incarnational” so much, and as seats swiftly filled at other tables, she elected to stay and engage the topic once more.
A coalition of 41 faith leaders, under the umbrella Quaker lobbying group The Friends Committee on National Legislation, have called on Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria. By virtue of the alphabetical listing of signatories, the Adventist Peace Fellowship will be the first organization seen by those who read the letter.
What do you claim as your identity? Where do you get your identity from? Is your first inclination to tell people you are a Seventh-day Adventist, or do you avoid that distinction? What do you really believe and how do you live out your belief? How do you maintain your beliefs while entering into communal conversations with those who think differently? These were the question asked at the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference.
This past weekend (September 6-8) I had the honor and pleasure of attending the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference at the Sheraton Read House Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As an intellectually inclined college student at Southern Adventist University, I normally would have followed this conference from afar, lacking the funds and possibly the time to go in person. But thanks to a generous anonymous donor, students in the honors program were given the chance to attend this year’s meeting; I was one of them, and what follows are some of my personal thoughts on the event.
Ryan Bell began his presentation on Sunday morning by playing a six-minute Mad TV video clip, in which a psychiatrist gives a patient this helpful advice for overcoming her many fears and problems: “Just stop it!”
When he took the platform, Bell told us he was going to talk to us about “How Interfaith Relationships Will (and Won’t) Save Us, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the World.”
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sabbath morning — Brian McLaren continued the talk he began last night about the challenges facing Christianity if we are to define our identity through kindness and benevolent towards others rather than a hostile identity that divides the world into "us" and "them."
The Chattanooga Times Free Press published a front page article Sabbath, September 7, about this weekend's Adventist Forum Conference. Reporter Clint Cooper interviewed conference organizers and participants earlier this week.
A national conference in Chattanooga this weekend is holding up a mirror to Christianity.
The faith, according to speakers at the 2013 Adventist Forum, has become a tug of war between conservatives and liberals, with the result being a stagnant faith that wins over no one.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Friday evening — Brian McLaren began with a story of disappointment.
Some time ago the novelist Anne Rice returned from years of atheism to renewed fellowship with the Catholic Church. But it wasn’t long until she realized, in a deeply disheartening way, that Jesus’ followers are too often known for their hostility—their hostility to Jews and Muslims and gay and many others. They too often find their identity in terms of the people or ideas they oppose, or even hate.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, 7:30pm -- Today marks the first day of the 2013 Adventist Forum Conference: "A Third Way" in beautiful (and warm) downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. Conference co-chair Brenton Reading welcomed about 150 people from all over the US (and Canada) in the ballroom of the Sheraton Read House Hotel at about 6:30pm EST.
Dr. Laurence Turner preached this "stonkingly good" sermon on August 17, 2013, at a reunion weekend for students and staff who were at Newbold College in the 1960s. He used the story of Elijah to reflect on the history of Adventism and the need to move forward with the "still small voice."