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Asheville Forum: Ginger Hanks Harwood

Meeting of the Asheville Adventist Forum, July 27, 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ginger Hanks Harwood

Topic: “Building Bridges: The Efforts of Pioneer Adventist Leaders to Span the Gap Between Cultural Norms and God’s Call to Women in Ministry.”

While many people believe that the idea of women in ministry originated with the feminist movement in the 1970s, a careful investigation of the articles in the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald from the 1800s shows that all of our pioneer leaders such as James White, J.N. Andrews, Uriah Smith, M. Cornell, and John Loughborough weighed in on the topic and actively encouraged women to assume their responsibilities as disciples of Christ and utilize all the gifts God had given them for the evangelizing of the nations. This presentation will review the articles they submitted to the paper, the manner in which they dealt with Pauline statements used by their contemporaries to exempt women from leadership positions, and made the preaching of the sisters the very proof that Adventists were indeed the church of God for the end times.

Speaker’s Bio: Dr. Ginger Hanks Harwood received her Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology / University of Denver while she was working at Porter Memorial Hospital as a certified chaplain. She is a retired Adventist professor of religion who has taught at Pacific Union College, Walla Walla University, Loma Linda University, and La Sierra University. She has devoted most of her career to teaching and researching in the areas of ethics, New Testament studies, and Adventist history. A frequent presenter in national and international settings, Dr. Harwood strives to make the connections between the radical good news of the Gospel and the trajectory of the early Adventist Church.

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 or (909) 406-1335.

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