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Asheville Forum: Gary Chartier

Asheville Adventist Forum: Gary Chartier


Please note that this meeting of the Asheville Adventist Forum will be held via Zoom. If you wish to be part of this meeting, please send an email saying so to Connie at by the night of Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She will send you the password and link that you will need to log into the meeting. Please log in a few minutes before starting time. If you have friends who would be interested in this topic and whom you wish to introduce to the Forum chapter, please send their names and email addresses to Connie. It is likely that we will have some people attending from far and wide, which makes Zoom meetings so interesting.

Date & Time:

Sabbath, March 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern


“Beginning with Love”

Christians affirm that God is love. But what might it look like if we treated love as the jumping-off point for theological reflection? I'll offer the beginnings of an account of Christian theology that treats love as central, emphasizing, in particular, what this might mean for our understanding of divine action.

Speaker Biography:

Gary Chartier is Distinguished Professor of Law and Business Ethics and Associate Dean of the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of twenty current or forthcoming books, including Understanding Friendship: A Theological and Philosophical Inquiry (Fortress 2021) and The Analogy of Love: Divine and Human Love at the Center of Christian Theology (2d ed., Griffin 2017). His byline has appeared over forty times in scholarly journals.

After qualifying for a BA in history and political science from La Sierra (1987, magna cum laude), he earned a PhD in theology at the University of Cambridge (1991). He graduated with a JD (2001, Order of the Coif) from UCLA, where he studied legal philosophy and public law and received the Judge Jerry Pacht Memorial Award in Constitutional Law. The University of Cambridge presented him with an earned higher doctorate, an LLD, in 2015 for his work in legal philosophy.

A proud southern California native who wishes he had attended UC Sunnydale, he shares a slowly improving 1920 home in Riverside with his wife, Alicia Homer; Willow Rosenberg the Kitty; and Rupert Giles Feline. His hobbies include long-arc television, biography, genre fiction, spicy food, politics, human psychic and social dynamics, interminable conversation, and the esoteric, the quirky, and the arcane. His motto is E. M. Forster’s “Only connect.” Visit him online at


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