Asheville Adventist Forum: Ronald Lawson
Meeting of the Asheville Adventist Forum, August 24, 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Ronald Lawson
Topic: “The Relevance of Adventist Teachings in Animist Cultures.”
For several decades, Adventism has been growing fastest in Animist societies. These societies are very different from those of the Developed World, such as the USA, where Adventism emerged initially. How do people with such a background understand Adventist teachings? How does Adventism there compare to Adventism here?
Ronald Lawson taught for 38 years at the City University of New York. His Ph.D., which was completed at the University of Queensland in Australia, his homeland, is in both history and sociology. He has devoted the second half of his academic career to a study of global Adventism, which included considerable travel in Animist regions where he interviewed many Adventist leaders, pastors, teachers, students, and laypersons. He became fascinated by the issue that he is addressing at this meeting.
Forum chapters have played an important part in his life: he was active in the Metro New York Adventist Forum for 45 years, its president for 41 years; his initiatives were responsible for the founding of several other chapters, including those in San Diego, Toronto, Orlando, Atlanta, Sydney, Melbourne, and Asheville.
The Asheville Adventist Forum meets in the waiting room of the dental office of Dr. Dennis Campbell, 172 Asheland Avenue, near downtown Asheville, NC. We begin sharply at 2:30 p.m. For further information contact Dr. Ronald Lawson at [email protected] or (909) 406-1335.