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Ron Lawson: “The Evolution of Adventism” at CZSS

(9:30 a.m. Pacific / 11:30 a.m. central / 12:30 p.m. eastern)

Ron Lawson will present “The Evolution of Adventism” for the Choir Zoom Sabbath School at Pacific Union College on Saturday, October 14.

Using sociological theory to understand the evolution of Adventism over time, Ron will use "Sect to Denomination Theory" in the American context to understand the changes and tensions within North American Adventism over time.
Lawson was born and educated in Australia, where he earned a PhD in sociology and history from the University of Queensland.  A Fulbright Travel Grant enabled him to come to Columbia University, New York, for a post-doctoral fellowship in 1971. He taught at the City University of New York from 1971 through 2009, with six years at Hunter College and thirty-three years at Queens College. His books include Brisbane in the 1890s: An Australian Urban Society (University of Queensland Press, 1973) and The Tenant Movement in New York, 1904–1984 (Rutgers University Press, 1986). Since 1984, his research has focused on a global study of Adventism. He has completed over 4,500 interviews with Adventists in 60 countries in all the divisions of the World Church. He now has a team of three other Adventist sociologists working with him with the goal of completing the writing of his four planned volumes to ensure that his data and understanding of the Adventist church are not lost. His personal goal at present is to complete a draft of each of the planned 56 chapters so that his imprint is on each of them. He was president of the Metro New York Adventist Forum chapter for 40 years and has been the organizer of the Asheville Adventist Forum since 2015.

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