Adventist Voices by Spectrum: The Journal of the Adventist Forum

Adventist Voices by Spectrum: The Journal of the Adventist Forum

Our goal is to foster community through conversation. This podcast is a companion to Spectrum, a journal established to encourage Seventh-day Adventist participation in the discussion of contemporary issues from a Christian viewpoint, to look without prejudice at all sides of a subject, to evaluate the merits of diverse views, and to foster intellectual and cultural growth. For more, go to:

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    Road to the GC 2: Running to the City—Indianapolis

    I chat with Humans of Adventism creator Kaleb Eisele about his hometown of Indianapolis, the site of the 2020 General Conference Session. We discuss the culture of Indiana Adventism, how GC attendees can better understand urban contexts, as well as hospitality insights from his recent visit to Oregon camp meeting.

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    Identity for Adventists with Michael Nixon

    Our Adventist Voice this week is the prophetic Michael Nixon, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Andrews University. We discuss race, Adventist identity, his work with Ty Gibson on Against the Wall, as well as Michael's background as an attorney and the son of a pastor. He will be at our Adventist Forum conference, leading a panel discussion on Youth, Ethnicity and Adventist Identity on Aug. 31.

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    Shooting the Breeze: Favorite Books and Film

    This week I talk with someone I've been shooting the breeze with for several decades: Ronald Osborn, Associate Professor of Ethics and Philosophy at La Sierra University. We talk about our top three books of the Bible, The Brothers Karamazov, the HBO series Chernobyl, the current film The Farewell, and other light summer fare.

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    Road to the GC (Part 1)

    This week we kick off a new series focused on the next General Conference Session. My guests are Bonnie Dwyer, editor of Spectrum and Raymond Dabrowski, longtime director of communication for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the current director of communication for the Rocky Mountain Conference.

    In this rambling conversation focusing on media at the GC session, Ray shares his insider perspective managing church messaging and Bonnie discusses what she finds important for reporting the news.

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    Zane Yi on Philosophy and Adventism

    A founder of the Society of Adventist Philosphers, Zane Yi talks about his early Adventist life and what book of the Bible sparked his interest in the contemplative life. Dr. Yi teaches at Loma Linda University and holds master’s degrees in philosophy from Loyola Marymount University (2004) and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (2005) as well as a doctorate degree in philosophy at Fordham University.

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    The Sabbath School Quarterly with Nathan Brown

    Nathan Brown is a writer and book editor at Signs Publishing Company, based near Melbourne, Australia. He has collaborated with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) on “The Least of These” Sabbath School Quarterly project over a period of almost 10 years.

    Nathan is author/editor of 16 books, including two this year—Of Falafels and Following Jesus and For the Least of These (companion book to the third quarter Sabbath school lessons). He has completed two masters degrees, in professional writing, and theology and justice, respectively.

    In this episode we discuss his work on the quarterly, what’s just about Adventism, and how he lives the writing life.

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    Summer Reading with Spectrum's Alisa Williams

    She probably reads more books than you. In this Adventist Voices episode, managing editor Alisa Williams talks about how she reads about one hundred books a year. She also shares the highs and lows from the ten she read in June—on religion, young adult literature, poetry and suspense. We also discuss the pros and cons about her life online with Spectrum and what gives her hope for the future of Adventism.

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    The Fourth of July, Ellen White, and Social Justice

    This week I talk with Stephen Allred who's been on an interesting Adventist journey. A graduate of the self-supporting Heartland College, he then got his M.Div. from Andrews University and worked on the same pastoral staff as Doug Batchelor. In 2012 he received his JD from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and now works on religious liberty cases for the Pacific Union's Church State Council.

    In this episode we talk about racism, social justice, Ellen White as well as some of the tensions surrounding Adventist displays of patriotism and and church/state separation.

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    Intra-Racial Conflict & The Black Community

    Guests: Claudia Marion Allen: Doctoral Student at University of Maryland; Content Manager for Message Magazine Datrean Pileggi: Neuro-physiologist, scholar, professor.

    This episode explores the intra-racial conflict within the Black Community, specifically focusing on African Americans, Caribbeans, and Africans. The episode addresses the impact of white supremacy, realities of migration, lack of communication & cultural understanding amongst these groups, and envisions a path towards reconciliation and rebuilding the community.

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    Spectrum Conference Speaker Gerald Winslow on Identity

    The Friday night speaker for our 2019 conference coming up on Labor Day weekend, Gerald Winslow, PhD, the director of the Center for Christian Bioethics at Loma Linda University, talks with me about his earliest memories of growing up Adventist, how he approaches the complexity of human identities, and what he thinks Adventism offers the world.

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    Who Is Conrad Egyir?

    He just earned his MFA from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art and now opened a major solo show at the Jessica Silverman gallery in San Francisco. Conrad Egyir might be the hottest emerging artist with Adventist roots in America.

    But America and Adventism is less than half his story. A relatively recent immigrant, in his own words Mr. Egyir’s creative practice borrows from the text and visually based languages of his native Ghana and the pre and post-colonial histories of West Africa. In my conversation with him for Spectrum, Conrad talks about identity, culture shock, his favorite thing about Adventism, and why he paints the same portraits over and over in his art.

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    Journal-ism: Bonnie Dwyer and Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson

    In this week's episode of Adventist Voices, Alexander Carpenter talks with both Bonnie Dwyer and Sharon Fujimoto-Johnson about SPECTRUM: The Journal of the Adventist Forum. We discuss the beginnings of Bonnie's editorship twenty years ago and the secret theological structure for how the quarterly publication is structured. Associate Editor/Designer Sharon shares her design philosophy and art-based process. If you haven't read the most recent issue (Vol. 47, issue 2), open it up and join our conversation.

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    She Lives Her Worth

    During the week Daniela Jean works in risk management for the city of North Miami; on the weekends she leads a young adult pop-up night for her local Adventist community that includes poetry and "mocktails." Author, speaker and church programming innovator, Daniela Jean earned her M.A. in global strategic communication from Florida International University. In 2001 Daniela started the Hands at Work for Christ Sign Language Troupe and spent a three-year term on the Florida Conference Executive Committee. She has won several regional “under forty” awards and was a 2018 EBONY magazine POWER 100 people’s choice nominee. In this Adventist Voices episode we discuss her immigrant story, what drives her care for creating community, and why she wrote her recent book, Live Your Worth.

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    Girl Meets Church - Discussions on Religion, Justice, Culture & Intersectionali-T

    Episode 1: This episode explores the intersection of religion and politics, the Christian responsibility to engage community and civic engagement and personal development to sustain long term social justice work.

    Tiffany Llewellyn, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about all things race, justice, mental health and culture. Although she considers herself a change agent and voice for the voiceless, her passion for social justice aims to restore voices to those who have been silenced.

    Phillip M. Malcolm has been a relentless advocate for truth and justice and is passionate about the intersection of politics and religion. In 2016, Phil coined the nickname, “The Bearded Host,” after hosting his first ever radio show called “The Real Phil Show.” He is a business owner, and also works for the Department of Justice providing compensation and resources for victims and families of those affected by 9/11 attacks.

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    Humans of Adventism

    In this episode of Adventist Voices I talk with Kaleb Eisele. We discuss how he founded Humans of Adventism ( ), what he's learned about empathy and public criticism, and what his new media job with the Oregon Conference entails.

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    Confessions of an Adventist Boy

    In this first episode of Spectrum’s new podcast, “Adventist Voices,” Adventist Forum board member Alexander Carpenter talks with Jennifer Allen, author of the book Confessions of an Adventist Boy, which dialogues with young Adventist men, ages 21 to 40, about where they are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually on issues as diverse as education, sex, baptism, money, gender bias, and more.

    Alex also gives listeners a sneak preview of the Adventist Forum Conference line-up. The Conference will take place Labor Day Weekend, August 30 – September 1, 2019 at AdventHealth University in Orlando, Florida. Look for registration information coming to the Spectrum:

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