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 panelist Bonnie Dwyer, Spectrum journal editor.
2021 Book Schedule:
October 15, 2021
Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval by Philip Jenkins (published by Oxford University Press, May 11, 2021, 272 pages).
Guest conversation partners: Michael W. Campbell, PhD, professor of religion at Southwestern Adventist University; Nicholas Zork, minister for worship and the arts at Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan and adjunct professor for the Andrews University Department of Music; and James L. Hayward, PhD, professor emeritus of biology at Andrews University.
Registration required to join the Zoom discussion. Email Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
November 12, 2021
Dinosaurs, Volcanoes, and Holy Writ: A Boy-Turned-Scientist Journeys from Fundamentalism to Faith by James L. Hayward (published by Resource Publications, April 29, 2020, 254 pages).
Guest Conversation Partner: James L. Hayward, PhD, professor emeritus of biology at Andrews University.
December 10, 2021
The End of the Scroll: Biblical Apocalyptic Trajectories by Herold Weiss (published by Energion Publications, June 24, 2020, 366 pages).
Guest Conversation Partners: Herold Weiss, PhD, professor emeritus of religious studies at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN and John R. Jones, PhD, associate professor of New Testament studies at La Sierra University.
Previous Friday Forum Book Group Discussions:
September 10, 2021
The Galápagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey by Brian D. McLaren (published by Fortress Press, October 1, 2019, 150 pages).
Guest conversation partner: James L. Hayward, PhD, professor emeritus of biology at Andrews University.
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July 16, 2021
After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christianity by David P. Gushee (published by Westminster John Knox Press, August 25, 2020, 242 pages).
Guest conversation partner: Matthew J. Lucio, pastor in Illinois and host of the Adventist History Podcast.
June 18, 2021
The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr (published by Brazos Press, April 20, 2021, 256 pages).
Guest conversation partners: Dr. Greg Schneider, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Science at Pacific Union College, and Sarah McDugal, author, speaker, and founder of Wilderness to WILD, an organization providing resources to women survivors of abuse.
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: Greg Schneider, professor emeritus of Religion & Social Sciences at Pacific Union College and author of the book The Way of the Cross Leads Home: The Domestication of American Methodism, and Heidi Campbell, a doctoral student in gender studies at Baylor University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Book cover images courtesy of the respective publishers.