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Theme: “Mediating (W)holeness in a Broken World”

Annual Meeting

Adventist Society for Religious Studies 

Denver, November 17-19, 2022

​Thursday, November 17 5:00-9:00 pm

Maggiano’s Little Italy Denvery

500 16th St. Suite 150 | Denver, CO 80202

​6:00-7:00 PM     


7:00-7:15 PM 

Welcome and Announcements by President-elect (Sigve Tonstad)


​7:15-8:30 PM  Presidential Address 2022

 “‘Remember That We Are Dust’: Following Jesus in Seeing Our Broken World Through the Eyes of Weakness” ​

Anne Collier-Freed, ASRS President, Associate Professor of Religion, Kettering College


8:30-9:00 pm

Business Session I

Friday, November 18

Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 2A

6:45-8:15 AM Adventist Women's Scholars Breakfast hosted by North American Division


The Edge Restaurant at the Four Seasons

1111 14th St. Denver, Colorado


8:00-8:30 AM

Morning devotional (paper)

Spiritual Wholeness: Sustainable Spiritual Resilience in a Conflicted, Destabilizing World Ben Holdsworth, Union College


8:30-9:45 Paper Session 1:  States of Brokenness 

Anne Collier-Freed, presiding

Restoring the Broken: The Function of Military Language in the Feeding of the Five Thousand Narrative (Mark 6:30–44)  Oleg Kostyuk, AdventHealth University, Orlando

Deceived, Broken, Whole: How the Garden Explains the Cross 

Thomas Toews, Union College


Jeremiah’s reBuilding (בנה) of the Destroyed City without Brick and Mortar

Oliver Glanz, SDA Theological Seminary, Andrews University


Discussion (15 minutes)


9:45 Break (15 minutes)


10:00-11:15 Paper Session 2: Pathways to Wholeness 

Michael W. Campbell, presiding


The Reader’s Social Location: A Path to Wholeness in Theological Interpretation of Scripture       Iriann Marie Irizarry, PhD Candidate, Andrews University


“When Healthcare Gets Sick:  Epaphroditus, the Parabalani and Broken Hallelujahs” Kendra Haloviak Valentine, La Sierra University

"For the Healing of the Nations" John Brunt, Lynnwood, Washington

Discussion (15 minutes) 

11:15-11:30 Business Session 2


11:30-12:45 Paper Session 3: Brokenness (Un)acknowledged

Tammy Wiese, Presiding


Developing a Critical Race Informed Adventist Eschatology

Keith Burton, AdventHealth University 


Women Who Shaped Adventism: Ten Who Cracked the Glass Ceiling

James Wibberding, Pacific Union College


The Double-sided Mirror: Wholeness as Integrity; Wholeness as Connectivity

John R. and Patricia S. Jones, La Sierra and Loma Linda Universities

Discussion (15 minutes) 

12:45-13:45 Lunch Break


13:45-15:00 Session 4: Visions of Healing

Lena Toews, Presiding


Mediating Wholeness in a Broken World  Nicole Parker, Southern Adventist University 


Reconciliating the Two Sides of the Wall of Separation: A Sanctuary Tension and Its Missiological Implications Based on Ephesians 2:14-18

Liang Chuanshan, AIIAS, Philippines.


The Minister and the Mother Wound: Trauma Conversations Between Jeremiah 13 and 31 Mathilde Frey, Walla Walla University

Discussion (15 minutes)



Business Session III

3:15-4:15 PM

Sectional Meetings and Conveners

  • Old Testament (Jody Washburn)

  • World Religions/Missiology (John Jones)

  • New Testament (Erhard Gallos)

  • Christian Theology and History (Martin Hanna)

  • Philosophy and Ethics (Roy Benton)

  • Practical Theology (Ernie Furness) 

4:15-5:15 pm 

Additional Sectional Meeting and Covener

  • Black Theology Group (Rodney Palmer)

  • Women's Group (Lena Toews)

5:45-9:00 pm

Adventist Scholars' Supper/Vespers by the North American Division Ministerial Department – Keynote speaker Niels-Erik Andreasen

Sabbath, November 19, 8:00 am-2:30 pm

Sheraton, Plaza Ballroom ABC

9:00-9:30 Devotional (paper)

Mending Collegial Relationships: An Intentional Process

Petr Cincala and Boubakar Sanou, Andrews University


9:30-10:45 Sabbath School Hour

Mediating (W)holeness in a Broken World 

Zdravko Plantak, Loma Linda University, leading

11.00-12.00 Sabbath Service 

Welcome and Prayer 

Lena Toews

Introduction of Speaker

Sigve K. Tonstad

Liturgy and Music


“Esther: Beauty as Revolutionary Healing Practice”

Ramona Hyman, Professor of English, Oakwood University

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