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2009 Vespers for Adventist Scholars

From 6:30 to 9:30 pm on Friday evening, November 20, 2009, ATS and the Adventist Society for Religious Studies (ASRS) are co-sponsoring a dinner meeting for Adventist scholars/teachers at Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant, located at 201 Julia Street in downtown New Orleans.

Directions to Mulate's Cajun Restaurant
Please find directions at the bottom of this linked page

So that we can let Mulate’s know how much food to prepare, if you plan to attend please RSVP (mentioning Mulate’s) through email by November 1 to the ATS secretary: April Younker at info@atsjats.org.

After dinner, the current presidents of ATS and ASRS will deliver presidential addresses, each of which will be followed by discussion. The program following dinner will be as follows:

Lawrence Geraty (La Sierra University), program chair
Roy Gane (Andrews University)
ATS Presidential Address
“The Gospel According to Moses and Elijah”

Zdravko Plantak (Washington Adventist University)
ASRS Presidential Address
“For the Healing of the Nations: Repairers of Broken Walls and Restorers of God’s Justice”

Roy Gane is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Languages at the SDA Theological Seminary, Andrews University. Zdravko Plantak specializes in ethics and is chair of the Department of Religion at Washington Adventist University.

On some occasions in past years, ATS and ASRS members have met together for banquet fellowship with speeches. But the event this November, planned by the officers of both societies, will be the first meeting of ATS with ASRS that includes opportunity for significant dialogue among all participants.

Many have regarded the two societies simply as competing organizations. However, their functions are quite different. ASRS is a professional society for yearly dialogue between all SDA teachers/scholars of religion in higher education, in conjunction with other annual professional meetings. As a professional society, ASRS is limited to annual meetings of teachers/scholars (and a few others, such as editors) and has never had an affirmation of beliefs or theological journal. ATS, on the other hand, is a theological society. Its membership is much broader and its meetings are more frequent and geographically diverse than the annual convention in November. ATS is designed not only for theological dialogue, but also to serve as a theological resource where such assistance is desired and needed. Key resource instruments are Bible symposia and the scholarly (refereed and indexed with other scholarly journals) Journal of the Adventist Theological Society.