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Notes from Roundtable Discussions

“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.

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41 Faith Leaders Ask Congress to Vote No on Syria Strikes

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.

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Student Response: Learning About Liturgy

On a sunny Sabbath morning a crowd of open-minded academics, and a small handful of eager students such as me, with varying political, religious and liturgical identifications, gathered for the second day of the Adventist Forum “A Third Way” conference.

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Student Response: Complementary Love and Doctrine

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.

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Student Response: Braving the Conversational Waters

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.

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Ryan Bell Discusses Fears and Fantasies in Interfaith Relationships

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.”

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Samir Selmanović on the Importance of Diversity

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sabbath afternoon – Samir Selmanović, founder of the interfaith nonprofit Faith House Manhattan, and author of It’s Really All About God, was Sabbath afternoon’s featured speaker at the Adventist Forum Conference.

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A Standing O for William Johnsson

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sabbath morning — William Johnsson brought the Adventist Forum crowd to their feet on Sabbath morning with his testimony to the transformative power of the Third Way.

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Brian McLaren on Identity and the Importance of Liturgy

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."

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Forum in Chattanooga to Examine the Christian Divide

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.

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Brian McLaren Talks About Doctrine and Christian Identity

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.

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Adventist Forum Conference Opens in Chattanooga

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.

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Three Angles News - September 6, 2013

1. 18-year-old Eduardo Marmolejo has been sentenced to 35 years without parole after he pleaded guilty to killing the principal of SDA Memphis Junior Academy, Suzette York, in 2011.

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Sabbath Sermon: Dr. Laurence Turner at Newbold College

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."

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The Law of Unintended Negative Consequences

Rabbits were firsts introduced to Australia for food.  What nobody foresaw was that the rapid, explosive growth of the small furry animals quickly turned rabbits into a major pest that destroyed the open grassland and other grazing areas.  This in turn impacted the natural fauna whose food supply was greatly reduced.  The sheep industry was also negatively impacted.

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Videos Make 28 Fundamental Beliefs Personal

Did you know God gives us a specific 24 hour period each week to rest, reflect on Him and spend time with our families? from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

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Southern, Southwestern and Union Planning an Alliance

An article published by the Adventist Review on August 27, 2013, explains the thinking behind a planned alliance between three third-level Adventist institutions:

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Postmodern Hope: The Coming of the Lord

This is the eleventh post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner. The reading schedule, along with links to previous posts, can be found here.

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Three Angles News - August 30, 2013

1. After Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to same-sex couples, the woman who championed the effort was ousted from her church congregation: the Ridgedale Church of Christ.

2. Dollar General may be liable for firing a manager in New Jersey who refused to work on the Sabbath because he is a Seventh-day Adventist, a federal judge has ruled.

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Adventist Women's Congress in Côte d'Ivoire: A Photo Essay

Over 200 men and women met in Bouaké, in the central part of Côte d'Ivoire, from August 11 to 18 for the country's 4th Women's Ministries Congress. It was the first such congress to be held after 12 years of political crisis in the country.

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