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Sydney Forum Turns 40!

Birthday Celebration! Sydney Adventist Forum Turns 40
9.30 am – 4.30 pm, Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
Saturday, February 14
Celebrate 40 years of Sydney Adventist Forum. Australian-born Dr Ronald Lawson established Sydney Adventist Forum in 1980. Lawson served as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College, City University of New York, at the time. Adventist Forums were established in several centres across Australia, but Sydney Adventist Forum, alone, continued to create community through conversation. It still does so today.
Presenters: Dr Kendra Haloviak-Valentine, Professor of New Testament Studies, HMS Richards Divinity School, La Sierra University; Dr Gilbert Valentine, Author, The Prophet and the Presidents (Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2011), a study of the political influence of Seventh-day Adventist pioneer Ellen White, and J N Andrews: Mission Pioneer, Evangelist, and Thought Leader (Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2019), a biography of Adventism’s first official missionary, and; Dr Lynden Rogers, President, Sydney Adventist Forum

Sabbath school
9:30 am

Worship service
11:00 am
Dr Kendra Haloviak-Valentine, “Growing Together in Christ.” Scripture: Ephesians 2:14, “For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (NRSV).    

12:30 pm

Afternoon session 1
3:00–3:20 pm
Dr Lynden Rogers, “Highlights: 40 years of Sydney Adventist Forum”

Afternoon session 2
3:20–4:30 pm
Dr Gilbert Valentine, “Exiting the General Conference Presidency.” With the next General Conference session coming up in July and the church needing to decide on a leader for the next quinquennium, some reflection on previous presidents and the circumstances of their exit from office should be relevant.

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