The Adventist Forum invites you to join our monthly discussion on thoughtful books that promote community, value scholarship, and imagine ways for Adventists to live an abundant kingdom life together.
These panel discussions are hosted by Adventist Forum Board Chair Carmen Lau and board member Alexander Carpenter, with a variety of guest conversation partners joining the discussion, along with regular panelists Bonnie Dwyer, Spectrum journal editor, and Alisa Williams, SpectrumMagazine.org managing editor.
2021 Book Schedule:
April 9, 2021
Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community by Rhondda Robinson Thomas (published by University of Iowa Press, November 2, 2020, 284 pages).
Guest conversation partners: Rhondda Robinson Thomas, author of the book we'll be discussing and Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, and Alita Byrd, interviews editor for Spectrum. Read a recent USA Today interview with Dr. Thomas by clicking here.
May 14, 2021
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez (published by Liveright, June 23, 2020, 368 pages).
Guest conversation partners: William J. Cork, assistant director for Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries for the North American Division, and Heidi Campbell, a doctoral student in gender studies at Baylor University.
Registration required to join the Zoom discussions. Email Carmen at email@example.com for details. The events will also be live-streamed on the Spectrum Facebook page. Dates and times subject to change; visit this page for any updates to the schedule.
Previous Friday Forum Book Group Discussions:
September 25, 2020
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo (published by Beacon Press, June 26, 2018, 186 pages). Guest conversation partners: Andy Lampkin, PhD, bioethics professor at AdventHealth University and Mark Carr, MDiv, PhD, regional director of Ethics for Providence Health & Services.
October 16, 2020
More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Imani Perry (NYU Press, February 28, 2011, 266 pages). Guest conversation partners: Andy Lampkin, PhD, bioethics professor at AdventHealth University and Mark Carr, MDiv, PhD, regional director of Ethics for Providence Health & Services.
November 6, 2020
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (published by Random House, August 4, 2020, 496 pages).
Guest conversation partners: Jason Hines, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Healthcare Administration at AdventHealth University and Scott Moncrieff, PhD, professor of English at Andrews University.
Read Scott Moncrieff’s book review of Caste by clicking here.
December 11, 2020
God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus by N. T. Wright's (published by Zondervan, June 19, 2020, 96 pages) and In the Time of Coronavirus: Chronicles of a Pandemic by Hanz Gutierrez (published by Adventist Forum, forthcoming).
Guest conversation partners: Andy Lampkin, PhD, bioethics professor at AdventHealth University, Mark Carr, MDiv, PhD, regional director of Ethics for Providence Health & Services, and Hanz Gutierrez, chair of the Systematic Theology Department at the Italian Adventist Theological Faculty of “Villa Aurora” and director of the CECSUR (Cultural Center for Human and Religious Sciences) in Florence, Italy.
Read Andy Lampkin's book review of God and the Pandemic by clicking here.
Read Mark Carr's book review of In the Time of Coronavirus by clicking here.
January 8, 2021
White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones (published by Simon & Schuster, July 28, 2020, 320 pages).
Guest conversation partners: Rich Hannon, columns editor for Spectrum.
Read Rich Hannon’s book review of White Too Long by clicking here.
February 12, 2021
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby (published by Zondervan, January 22, 2019, 256 pages).
Guest conversation partners: Michael Nixon, Esq, vice president for Diversity & Inclusion at Andrews University and Scott Moncrieff, PhD, professor of English at Andrews University.
Read Scott Moncrieff’s book review of The Color of Compromise by clicking here.
March 12, 2021
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone (published by Orbis Books, January 1, 2011, 224 pages).
Guest conversation partners: Maury Jackson, DMin, associate professor of Practical Theology at La Sierra University and Chris Oberg, lead pastor at La Sierra University Church.
Alisa Williams is managing editor of SpectrumMagazine.org
Book cover images courtesy of the respective publishers.
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