Thanks to significant interest in Dr. David Penno’s series on organizational segregation in the Adventist Church, The Compass Magazine will host its first-ever live online broadcast to discuss this issue. The panel discussion, featuring Dr. Penno and other Compass Magazine contributors, will focus on what we need to do to achieve greater unity among North American Adventists of different ethnicities.
The live broadcast will take place Sabbath, Feb. 27, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Viewers can watch live via Google Hangouts, and anyone logged in with a Google account can also submit questions for the panelists.
A recording of the discussion will be available on the Compass YouTube channel after the event.
Meet the Panelists
Over the past year The Compass Magazine has published several articles on how the Adventist Church can move beyond the racial prejudice that led to the formation of segregated conferences decades ago and that still plagues the church in many ways. We are pleased to have several of those authors as participants in the online panel.
Cleran Hollancid is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology of religion at Western Michigan University and has taught various courses in religion and social science. His article “’Race’ and the Adventist Church” argues that divisions based on the artificial construct of “race” have no place among believers.
Michael T. Nixon holds a law degree from the John Marshall Law School. He serves as the legal and policy coordinator for the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York, NY. Nixon launched Compass’s coverage of racial issues in the church with his article “. . . Not As I Do” about the history of regional conferences.
David Penno, Ph.D., is associate professor of Christian ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He previously spent 25 years in pastoral ministry. Penno wrote the series “It Is Time to Talk,” highlighting the results of his research on Adventist attitudes toward segregated conferences. He also presented theological, sociological, and historical perspectives on segregation in the church.
Jerome Skinner is a Ph.D. candidate in Old Testament at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, focusing on the Psalms and Wisdom literature. Skinner’s article “Betrayed by Our Friends” presents biblical principles for healing a polarized community of believers.
Compass editors Rachel Cabose and Valmy Karemera will serve as moderators for the discussion. Karemera has written about how the Adventist experience in his homeland, Rwanda, after the genocide can illuminate the American situation.
If you have trouble accessing the online broadcast, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to assist you.