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Asheville Forum: Carmen Lau

Asheville Adventist Forum Meeting

September 28, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.


Carmen Lau, Chair of the Adventist Forum Board.


“Warnings from Rwandan Churches: Political Identity Encourages Imitation, Extinguishes Imagination, and Destroys Sanctuary”

Carmen will draw on her recently researched and completed MA thesis, which collected stories from Seventh-day Adventists who were in Rwanda during the genocide that shocked the world in 1994. The goal of the study was to record some memories that could give insight into the guiding narratives that were in place in churches as violence began and to document the varied realities that people experienced. Reflecting on genocide shows a glimpse of what happened at a given time and can allow one to gain insight into one’s self and one’s context. Such reflection can be an important step in nurturing peace.  

Speaker Bio:

Carmen Lau has chaired the Adventist Forum board since 2018. She recently completed a Master of Arts in Anthropology of Peace and Human Rights at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has a BS in Nursing (1983) from Southern Adventist University and a MS in Nursing (1988) from Loma Linda University. She is a member of Birmingham First SDA Church and currently serves as a Sabbath School teacher. She is married to Yung Lau and they have three children: Christopher, Carissa, and Sarah.  

“I welcome any feedback and thank you for this opportunity to visit your chapter, to get to know you, and to share my research findings with you.”  —Carmen

The meeting will be held in the dental office of Dr. Dennis Campbell at 271 Asheland Avenue, near downtown Asheville, NC, at 2:30 p.m. on September 28. For further information contact Ron Lawson at (909) 406-1335 or

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