Outreach Projects

All are welcome! Meet at 9:00 am on Sunday, April 26 at the La Sierra University Church parking lot to help with cleaning and yard beautification at several locations in Riverside/Corona. If available, bring yard tools and cleaning supplies, or consider donating supplies for others to use. We also need pots, plants, and potted plants for at least one location, the Circle-Hope Homeless Shelter in Corona. Sign up on Sabbath for the outreach projects and indicate whether you’re available to carpool, or simply show up at the church parking lot at 9:00 on Sunday morning.

Conference Schedule

Young Women and the Word ’09

“Adventist Women and the Earth: A Response to Ecofeminism”

Friday, April 24, 2009

Evening Vespers at La Sierra University Church
Speaker – Jared Wright, “Where Does the Accent Go?”
7:45pm to 9:00 pm

Sabbath, April 25, 2009

Early Church (8:30am)
Speaker – Maritza Duran, “Resurrection and the Earth”

Sabbath School (9:30am)
Worship in Study—Somer Penington, “I Came for the Wildflowers, and All I Got Was a Snake”

Morning Worship Service (10:50am)
Speaker – Pastor Chris Oberg, “Going Green Is Going Home”

Afternoon Program (2:00pm)
Keynote Speaker – Rosemary Radford Ruether, “Ecofeminism in Comparative Perspective”

Panel Session (3:00pm)
Featuring Rosemary Radford Ruether, John B. Cobb, Jr., Warren Trenchard, and Sheryll Prinz-McMillan. Moderated by Professor Ginger Hanks Harwood.

Breakout Sessions I* (4:15pm)
Breakout Sessions II* (5:15pm)

Conservation
Wendy Walters

Workshop in Art and Ecology
Ann Isolde, Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein, and France White

Student Papers
Trisha Famisaran (moderator)
Ana Cristina Lee Escudero, “The Earth is My Mother”
Felisa Samarin-Meier, “Differentiating Feminine and Feminist”

Spirituality and Ecology: Fostering Awareness
Ginger Hanks-Harwood

Eco-Dome: Building a Bright Green Future
John Razzouk and Steven Salcido
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Prayer Labyrinth for Contemplation
Provided by Somer Penington
Room: Sierra Vista Chapel

7:30 pm
Film Screening: Earth (Rated: G)
Edwards Corona Crossings Stadium 18 (2650 Tuscany Street, Corona)
Tickets are available for purchase at the theater or online.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Outreach Projects — All are welcome! Meet at 9:00 am at the La Sierra University Church parking lot to help with cleaning and yard beautification at several locations in Riverside/Corona. If available, bring yard tools and cleaning supplies, or consider donating supplies for others to use. We also need pots, plants, and potted plants for at least one location, the Circle-Hope Homeless Shelter in Corona. Sign up on Sabbath for the outreach projects and indicate whether you’re available to carpool, or simply show up at the church parking lot at 9:00 on Sunday morning.

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Film Screening: Earth

Join us for a film screening!!

Earth

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Earth is an award-winning 2007 British natural history film from the BBC Natural History Unit. It was released in cinemas internationally in 2007 and is due to be released in the US on 22 April 2009. This film depicts the diversity of wild habitats and creatures across the planet and cautions the threats to their future survival.

Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 pm

Edwards Corona Crossings Stadium 18 (2650 Tuscany Street, Corona, CA)
Tickets are available for purchase at the theater or online.

See the conference schedule for additional information.

If you have questions, please call (951) 785-2470 or email wrc@lasierra.edu.

Forum News: Art, Spirituality, and Social Activism

The Association of Adventist Forums, San Diego Chapter, will host a lecture titled “Art, Spirituality, and Social Activism” by Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein.

Date: April 11th, 2009
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Tierrasanta SDA Church
Facilitator(s): Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein, M.F.A.
Chair, Department of Art, and Director, Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

About the Speaker:

Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein was born and raised in Colombia, South America, and later lived in Germany and Mexico before immigrating to the United States in 1988. She studied fine arts and music in her native Colombia, and received a Master of Fine Arts degee from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Her work addresses a range of social concerns and, using diverse media, speaks about multicultural and cross-cultural issues. These concerns include violence against women and children as well as the cultural displacement and fragmentation experienced by persons torn from their community or country. She uses her art as a vehicle for personal and community reconciliation.

She has taught and exhibited extensively since the mid 1970s. Her mixed media installations, paintings, and assemblages incorporate layering processes, representing the multiplicity of her own life as artist, teacher, mother, and wife.

Currently she is the Chair of the Art Department and director of the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

About the Topic:

“Art” has only seldom been the focus of an SDAF presentation. The first occasion for the Chapter to hear about this topic was April, 1983, when Don Hamer presented: Religion and the Arts. This was twenty-six years ago. Did you attend this session? At that time, by the way, Don Hamer was an assistant professor in the Department of Theology, Loma Linda University. SDAF meetings were held in the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley, San Diego. Any memories triggered?

More recently, September, 1990, Adventism and the Arts was presented by Dr. Ed Zackrison who was then an Associate Professor of Theology and Ministry at LLU. This session looked especially at Adventism and its relationship to the performing arts. It was held at the Point Loma SDA church. Might you have been present to hear this controversial exchange?

Where is Adventism now in its perspective on the arts – performing, visual, and auditory? Would the answer to the above vary, at least to some extent, on where the question would be posed geographically?

And is the art we’ve come to appreciate typically restricted to painting of beautiful sunsets, deserts ablaze with flowers in bloom, seascapes with clouds above? What about art which intends to transmit a message about societal values, mores’, or . . . .?

Beatriz Krumbein, the SDAF speaker for April; 11, indicates: “Historically art has been crucial in pointing out social concerns and realities. The art reflects the time in which the artist is or was living and reveals the social, ethical, and spiritual mirror of its time. Art express a socio-religious worldview. Are SDA higher education institutions ready to accept these facts about art? Are we prepared to challenge our art students to respond to life in the art they create?”

“Note,” continues this experienced artist, “the presentation will have two elements: A power point presentation (45 minutes) and a video screening. The video title is: Donde Perdi Mi Inocencia (Where I Lost My Innocence), duration about 30 minutes. The video will present fragments of my life and how these experiences or passages have shaped the art I create.” To get an insight into her life, access her website: http://www.beatrizmejia-krumbein.com. It is most informative and interesting.

Questions to Ponder (proposed by the speaker)

1) 1) What is art? Is it necessary? What is its function?

2) In what ways does art affect people?

3) Is aesthetics equated with taste?

4) Does art relate to spirituality as well as to social and political engagement?

Dr. Mejia-Krumbein will also participate in the upcoming “Adventist Women and the Earth” conference on April 25, 2009. She will lead a workshop about art and ecology.

“Do Unto Others: A Conference on Animals and Religion”

Do Unto Others“: A Conference on Animals and Religion” is Southern California’s first interreligious conference focused on animals and religion. The purpose of the conference is to promote greater kindness and compassion toward animals by engaging with a variety of religious, ethical, and spiritual perspectives that extend compassion beyond the human species and empower faithful action.

The conference features two keynote speakers: Jay McDaniel, prominent eco-theologian and writer, will open the conference with “You Purr Therefore I am: The Role of Animals in Human Spirituality,” and Karen Dawn, author of the popular book Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, will provide the closing address at the upbeat vegan banquet. The program also includes workshops and panels, an interreligious ceremony, exhibits and a bookstore.

Conference registration is $25.00 (students are free) and the closing banquet is $25.00 ($15.00 for students).

For more information and registration, please visit the following website: http://www.chapman.edu/chapel/animalconference/

LA Adventist Forum Lecture: “Planet in Stress” by Lee F. Greer

The next L.A. Adventist Forum will meet Sabbath, March 28, 3:30 PM in the Chapel of the Good Shepard, Glendale City SDA Church. The speaker is Lee F. Greer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at La Sierra University. Dr. Greer’s lecture is titled “Planet in Crisis: How Religious Faith can Cooperate with Science in the Ecological Crisis.” Glendale City SDA Church is located at 610 E. California, Glendale, California (corner of Isabel and California).

Breakout Sessions

The “Adventist Women & the Earth” planning committee is excited that the conference is right around the corner. Here is a list of breakout sessions that you can attend on Saturday afternoon, April 25, at 4:15 pm and 5:15 pm. Take note that breakout sessions will be repeated so that conference attendees have a chance to attend two sessions.

  • “Conservation” by Wendy Walters
  • Workshop in Art and Ecology by Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein
  • Presentation of Student Papers moderated by Trisha Famisaran. Felisa Meier will present her paper, “God as Woman: Differentiating Feminine and Feminist,” and Ana Cristina Lee Escudero will present her paper, “The Earth is My Mother.”
  • “Spirituality/Awareness” by Ginger Hanks-Harwood
  • “Eco-Dome: Building a Bright Green Future” by John Razzouk and Steven Salcido (representing SIFE)
  • Prayer Labyrinth