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Loma Linda Sabbath Seminars Feb. 10: Religion in the U. S. 1970-2020

This week’s presentation, based on a quantitative study by The Center for Mind and Culture, draws
on a recent presentation Rachel Bacon made at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
annual conference. (Rachel is now the full-time project manager, at the CMAC, of LISDA –
the Lawson Interviews of Seventh-day Adventists project that this Sabbath Seminars class
has officially adopted and helped fund.)

*Discussion guidelines:  The moderator will request those individuals (in class and on zoom) who wish to make a major point (3 minutes or less).  The moderator will then acknowledge you for a 3 minute major point/question, or for a 1 minute point/question on the present 3 minute subject. Please respect these efforts by our class to increase participation and reduce individual dominance.   Please keep your discussion on-topic and respectful and speak up so that those in the room as well as those on zoom can hear you.

Class website:
Centennial Complex Room 3208 Sabbath Morning 10:30-12:30
Zoom Class LINK:

Morning Worship Service is at 9 AM in the Sanctuary

Go to for the video feed of the 9 AM morning service, the current bulletin etc.
Sabbath February 17, in celebration of Black History Month, we will have guest presenter
Winsley Hector, who will present on the subject of his dissertation, Racial Reconciliation
and Privilege: The Debate Within the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Regional
Conferences  Based on his doctoral dissertation, Hector thoroughly discusses the historical and current challenges of African American participation in Adventism. The early 20th century Adventist choice for “separate but equal,” the establishment of regional
conferences, the lack of participation in the civil rights movement by Adventist leadership,
and the thriving African American congregations across the land – Hector brings a multi-disciplinary set of tools to the task as he critically reviews the history and considers the regional conference experience. 

The book is available on Amazon HERE.

You may read it at JSTOR here: Racial Reconciliation and Privilege: The Debate Within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Regional Conferences  
(A subscription to JSTOR is required.)

A refresher on the history and experience of Black Americans is the December 2023 issue of The Atlantic.  It’s an extraordinary issue and well worth the subscription cost!  December 2023 Issue – The Atlantic   This link gives the chapter titles and the opportunity for a trial one-month subscription.

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