Conference on Adventist Identity - Updated 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 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 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. (Philosophy/Theology): “The Concept of Worldview and its Relevance to the Remnant” Jud Lake (Southern Adventist University)
3. (Theology): “Who are We? Current Adventist Self-Understanding” Jiří Moskala (Andrews University)
4. (History): “How Seventh-day Adventists Understood the Concept of Identity, Historically” Alberto Timm (Biblical Research Institute)


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

Chair: Trevor O’Reggio (Andrews University)

5. (History): “Christian Identity in the Second Century” John Reeve (Andrews University)
6. (History): “A Protestant Identity or Protestant Identities? The Formation of Protestant Christianity, 1517-1600” Abner Hernandez (Andrews University)
7. (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)

8. (Theology): “Narratives in conflict: The Emergence of Christian Identity in the Ancient World” Felix Cortez (Andrews University)
9. (History): “Ultraism and the Present Truth: The Radical Essence of Early Adventism and how it has been Forgotten” Kevin Burton (Andrews University)
10. (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)

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


LUNCH 12-1.30 pm

E. Healthy Living: 1.30-3 pm

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

14. (Theology-Law): “Adventism, Sexuality and Gender in an Age of Flux” Nicholas P. Miller (Andrews University)
15. (Sociology of Medicine): “Adventist Lifestyle Paradox: Increasing Scientific Affirmation, Waning Member Support” David Williams (Harvard University)
16. (Sociology of Religion): “God’s Law and Love in Adventist Perspective” Petr Činčala and Duane McBride (Andrews University)


F. Eschatology and Prophecy: 3.15-4.45 pm

Chair: Elias Brasil de Souza (Biblical Research Institute)

17. (Art History): “A Visual Apocalypse: Adventist Eschatology in the History of Art” Neale Schofield (Independent Scholar)
18. (Theology): “The Cleansing of the Temple, the Land and the People in the Haggai-Zechariah Corpus: Implications for the Formation of Adventist Social Identity” Goran Zivkovic (McMaster Divinity College)
19. (Historical Theology): Development of Adventist eschatological-apocalyptic identity. Clinton Wahlen (Biblical Research Institute)


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

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

20. (Philosophy-History) “The Value of Adventist Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives” John Wesley Taylor (GC Education Department)
21. (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

22. (Theology): “Biblical Principles of Sabbath-Keeping” Jo Ann Davidson (Andrews University)
23. (History): “Concepts of Sacred Time” Michel Sunhae Lee (Southern Adventist University)
24. (Historical Theology): “Becoming More Like Jesus—The Significance of the Image of God in the Writings of the 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

25. (Biblical Theology): “Living into the Just and Joyful Reality of the New Earth: Good News for the Past, Present, and Future” Andrew Tompkins (Andrews University)
26. (Missiology): “Adventist Identity and World Religions” Petras Bahadur (Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations)
27. (History): “‘Their Works do Follow Them’: The Importance of Foreign Mission 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)

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


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

Chair: Zdravko Plantak (Loma Linda University)

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

Plenary discussion