Conference on Adventist Identity - Draft Program

The Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research, the Biblical Research Institute, the Ellen G. White Estate, and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University are happy to present the draft program of the Conference on Adventist Identity, scheduled for October 13-15, 2022.

The Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research, the Biblical Research Institute, the Ellen G. White Estate, and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University are happy to present the draft program of the

Andrews University
October 13-15, 2022

Thursday October 13: All in Seminary Chapel

A. What is Identity? 5.30-7.30 pm

Chair: Andrea Luxton (Andrews University)

  1. (Philosophy): “Defining identity” Ante Jerončić (Andrews University)
  2. (Theology): “Who are we? Current Adventist Self-Understanding” Jiří Moskala (Andrews University)
  3. (History): How did SDAs understand the concept of identity historically? Alberto Timm (Ellen G. White Estate)
  4. (Philosophy): “Adventism and the concept of worldview” Jud Lake (Southern Adventist University)


B. How Do Christians Arrive at a Shared Identity? 8-9.30 pm

Chair: Trevor O’Reggio (Andrews University)

  1. (History): “Christian Identity in the Second Century” John Reeve (Andrews University)
  2. (History): “‘The Calvinist with his twaddle’: Confessional Conflict and the Splintering of Protestantism” Neale Schofield(St Andrews University)
  3. (History): “A Sense of Belonging: The Adventist Journey Home” Denis Kaiser (Andrews University)


Friday October 14: All in Seminary Chapel

C. Narrative: 8.30-10 am

Chair: Dragoslava Santrac (Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research)

  1. (Theology): “Narratives in conflict: The Emergence of Christian Identity in the Ancient World” Felix Cortez (Andrews University)
  2. (History): “Ultraism and the Present Truth: The Radical Essence of Early Adventism and how it has been Forgotten” Kevin Burton (Andrews University)
  3. (History): “Historical memory and concepts of religious identity of Seventh-day Adventists” Valentyna Kuryliak (Ukrainian Institute of Arts and Sciences)


D. Doctrine: 10.30 am-12 noon

Chair: Daniel Bediako (Biblical Research Institute)

  1. (Theology): “Views on the Identification of the Remnant within the Seventh-day Adventist Church” Sang-hoon Jee (Asia-Pacific International University)
  2. (Theology): “The Centrality of Christ in Adventist Doctrine” Richard M. Davidson (Andrews University)
  3. (Theology/History): “Adventist systematic theology: Retrospect and Prospect” John Peckham (Andrews University)


LUNCH 12-1 pm

E. Healthy Living: 1-2.30 pm

Chair: Galina Stele (Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research)

  1. (Theology-Law): “Adventism, Sexuality and Gender in an Age of Flux” Nicholas P. Miller (Andrews University)
  2. (Sociology of Medicine): “Adventist Lifestyle from a Public Health Perspective” David Williams (Harvard University)
  3. (Sociology of Religion): “God’s Law and Love in Adventist Perspective” Petr Činčala and Duane McBride (Andrews University)


F. Eschatology and Prophecy: 3-4.30 pm

Chair: Elias Brasil de Souza (Biblical Research Institute)

  1. (Historical Theology): Development of Adventist eschatological-apocalyptic identity. Clinton Wahlen (Biblical Research Institute)
  2. TBC
  3. (Theology): “Pure or impure? The Role of Ritual Cleansing in Adventist Social Identity Formation” Goran Zivkovic (McMaster Divinity College)


G. Knowledge, Study, and Education: 5-6 pm

Chair: Adam Fenner (Andrews University/Adventist Learning Community)

  1. (Philosophy-History) John Wesley Taylor (GC Education Department): “The Value of Adventist Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”
  2. (History): “Adventist Medical Education”: Lisa Beardsley-Hardy (GC Education Department)


SUPPER 6-7.30 pm

H. Sabbath: 7.30-9.30 pm

Chair: Anna Galeniece (Andrews University)

Andrews String Quartet performance

  1. (Theology): “Biblical Principles of Sabbath-Keeping” Jo Ann Davidson (Andrews University)
  2. (History): “Concepts of Sacred Time” Michel Sunhae Lee (Southern Adventist University)
  3. (Historical-Theology): “The Significance of Sabbath and the Seal of God in the Writings of Seventh-day Adventist pioneers 1842 to 1915” Gavin Anthony (Iceland Conference)


Sabbath October 15

I. Mission: 9-11 am in Seminary Chapel

Chair: Cheryl Doss (Institute of World Mission)

Seminary Chorus performance

  1. (Biblical Theology): “A Biblically Based Adventist Theology of Mission” Wagner Kuhn and Andrew Tompkins (Andrews University)
  2. (Missiology): “Adventist Identity and World Religions” Petras Bahadur (Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations)
  3. (History): “The Place of ‘Foreign’ Missions in Adventist Identity, Through the Lens of Missionary Tragedy” Ashlee Chism (Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research)


J. Worship Service (Sabbath morning) 11.45 am in Pioneer Memorial Church

Sermon on Adventist identity by Dwight Nelson (Andrews University)

LUNCH 1-2.30 pm

K. Spirit of Prophecy: 3.30-5 pm in Pioneer Memorial Church

Chair: Jerry Moon (Andrews University)

  1. (History): “‘Ellen White in color’: The divine and human elements in the life and ministry of Ellen White” Merlin Burt (Ellen G. White Estate)
  2. (Historical Theology): “Learning from Ellen G. White about Essential Aspects of Adventist Identity” Frank M. Hasel (Biblical Research Institute)
  3. (History): ““Wholistic Living: Ellen G. White and the Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Health Message” Theodore Levterov (Loma Linda University)


K. Concluding Session: 5.30-7 pm Sabbath in Seminary Chapel

Chair: Zdravko Plantak(Loma Linda University)

1. “What have we learned about Adventist identity?” David Trim (Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research/Andrews University)

Plenary discussion