The School of Religion as well as it's Humanities Program and centers host a variety of events that include featured speakers, panels and lectures. Find videos of past events below.
Neither Male Nor Female? Sex and Gender in Law and Religion
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Chris Oberg, a Seventh-day Adventist minister, and Stefan Johnson, an LGBTQ rights advocate, discussed the current debates about the legal definition of gender and accompanying rights in American society and the Christian engagement with this debate in the public square. Presented by the Humanities Program.
Borders and Sanctuaries: A Conversation about Immigration
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Experts on immigration law and practical and Latinx theology discussed the state of the U.S. immigration laws and enforcement, and Christian engagement with immigration and issues arising from national borders. Participants included Nathaniel B. Walker, representative from National Association of Immigration Judges, and Marlene M. Ferreras, religion professor at HMS Richards Divinity School, La Sierra University. Presented by the Humanities Program.
Ancient Faiths in a New Land
Sabbath, December 1, 2018
The program featured perspectives shared by Maneck Bhujwala, MA, a Zoroastrian priest and interfaith community leader; Janice De-Whyte, PhD, assistant professor of religion at Loma Linda University and a scholar of Ashanti Adventism; Nitin Shah, MD, professor of anesthesiology and critical care at Loma Linda University Health and former president of the Jain Center of Southern California; and Harpreet Singh, a Sikh community leader. Presented by the Center for Understanding World Religions.
Sabbath Showdown on the Supreme Court?
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Eric Tung, Esq., former Clerk to Justices Antonin Scalia and Neil Gorsuch of the Supreme Court of the United States, discussed Walgreens' firing of Adventist pharmacy trainer for refusing to work on Sabbath. Presented by the Humanities Program.
How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing your Soul)
Sabbath, January 13, 2018
Ted Baehr, PhD–movie critic, media pundit, and founder of Movieguide–spoke on maneuvering through Hollywood’s entertainment business, and on Christian criteria for a good movie. Can violence and sex exist in a Christian movie? Is the criteria the same for adults and children? Baehr offered insight on maneuvering through Hollywood’s entertainment business as a Christian with a clear mission to redeem values from the mass media and to educate audiences on using proper discernment in selecting entertainment. Presented by the Humanities Program.
Hinduism at Loma Linda University
Sabbath, December 2, 2017
The program explored the role and experience of Hindu students and faculty in the context of Loma Linda University Health’s mission and values. Presentations featured special guests Tahil Sharma (University of Southern California and Interfaith Youth Core) and Swasti Bhattacharrya (Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Buena Vista University). Panelists included guest presenters as well as Piyush Shelar (DPT Student, LLU School of Allied Health Professions), Chintan Somaiya (LLU Alumni & Institute for Community Partnerships, Program Director) and Dr. Manoj Shah (LLUH Pediatric Gastroenterology). Presented by the William Johnsson Center for Understanding World Religions, directed by Dr. Jon Paulien.
Evolutionary Creation - An Oxymoron?
Sabbath, November 11, 2017
Biology Professor April Maskiewicz (of Point Loma Nazarene University) presented the case for the compatibility of a high view of Scripture and biological evolution. Three brief responders followed the lecture: Kerby Oberg, an LLU medical researcher; Ronny Nalin, a Geoscience Research Institute researcher, and Marlene Ferreras, a La Sierra University theologian. Jim Walters moderated. Presented by the Humanities Program.
Will Women's Ordination Split the Church? Panel
Sabbath, October 14, 2017
The panel discussion follows the church’s Annual Council in Silver Spring, Maryland. Presented by the Humanities Program.
What's with Free Will? Ethics & Religion after Neuroscience: Conference
Belief in Free Will is basic to law, religion and ethics—and how we view ourselves. Two leading theologians explore Christian answers to the Free Will debate. Presented by the Humanities Program.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Philip Clayton, PhD - Science, Ethics, and Free Will: Why Neuroscience Doesn’t Ground Freedom, and What We Might Choose to do About It
Sabbath, May 20, 2017
Thomas Oord, PhD - Genuine Freedom for Creatures and for a God of Love
5th Annual Dalton Baldwin Memorial Lecture: “Why Reason Needs Religion”
March 11, 2017
Dr. Richard Rice was featured at the fifth annual Dalton Baldwin Memorial Lecture. The amazing accomplishments of science tend to obscure the truths, values, and meaning that only religion can provide.
Islam at Loma Linda University
Sabbath, January 28, 2017
The program explored the role and experience of Muslim students and faculty in the context of Loma Linda University Health’s mission and values. Presentations featured Loma Linda faculty, Dr. Gerald Winslow, and special guest Jihad Turk, president of the Islamic seminary at Claremont School of Theology. Panelists included the invited speakers, Dr. Mahmoud Torebinejad (professor, LLU School of Dentistry), Dr. Eba Hathout (professor, LLU School of Medicine), Sara Haddad Tabrizi (LLU School of Public Health, DrPH student) and Kwaja Arsalaan Ahmed (LLUMC, 4th year radiology resident). Recitations and translations were given by Dr. Nahidh Hasaniya (associate professor, LLU School of Medicine) and Dr. Shamel Abd-Allah (professor, LLU School of Medicine). This was the inaugural program of the new William Johnsson Center for Understanding World Religions, directed by Dr. Jon Paulien.
Visions in the Old Testament: Economical, Ethical, Global & Missional with Dr. Chris Wright
Friday, November 11 & Sabbath, November 12, 2016
Dr. Chris Wright is the International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership and one of the most prominent international experts on Old Testament Ethics. The Friday lecture “The Land is Mine” is based on his Doctoral work at Cambridge University and on the three books that he consequently published on the topic: Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, An Eye for an Eye, and Walking in the Ways of the Lord. On the second day, Dr. Wright delivers the lecture “The Whole Earth is Mine” based on his other books such as The Mission of God, The God I Don’t Understand, and The Mission of God’s People. He was the Chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group and was the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment – the Statement of the Third Lausanne Congress.
Religion & the Presidential Election: What's its Role?
Sabbath, October 22, 2016
Good religion should inform a believer about all important decisions in life – including how one votes for the most powerful person in the world. A diverse panel will discuss the role that a presidential candidate’s character traits, moral values, religious beliefs, and personal practices should play in how a Christian votes. Panelists include Whitny Braun, PhD, Paul Jacobson, MD, Sigve Tonstad, PhD, MD and Dennis Hokama. Presented by the Humanities Program.
4th Annual Dalton Baldwin Memorial Lecture: “Values After Darwin”
May 7, 2016
Can Darwin’s theory of evolution provide a coherent and compelling foundation for moral reasoning? Professor Osborn explored some challenging implications of Darwin’s theory and strictly naturalistic accounts of human behavior for ideas about moral goodness. Ronald E. Osborn, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Wellesley College, lectured on aspects of his forthcoming book, Humanism and the Death of God: Searching for the Good After Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche (Oxford University Press).
Does Adventism Inspire Young Adventists?
Sabbath, March 12, 2016
A diverse panel of critically engaged millennial Adventists grapple with the question: What, if anything, is there in the Adventist tradition that can engender enthusiasm among today's twenty-somethings? Beyond a fervent minority of young adult believers who receive great meaning from tradition doctrines, what in Adventist history and experience may speak to a seemingly disinterested majority? Presented by the Humanities Program.
From ISIS to San Bernardino, Where is God?
Sabbath, February 13, 2016
"The Open Remnant" featuring Jon Paulien, Dean of LLU School of Religion. Presented by Adventism and the World Series.
"Adventist Identity: The Key to Muslim Relations" featuring Petras Bahadur, Director of GC Global Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations. Presented by Adventism and the World Series.
Friday, February 12, 2016
"Violence & the Character of God: How is God Advancing His Purposes in an Age of Terror?" featuring Gabriela Phillips, Director of NAD Adventist-Muslim Relations Center. Presented by Adventism and the World Series.
Dialogue between Walter Brueggemann and Sigve Tonstad
Sabbath October 31, 2015
This is the unedited recording of the conversation between Walter Brueggemann and Sigve Tonstad at the Loma Linda University Church during the Weekend with Walter Brueggemann event. Presented by the Center for Christian Bioethics.
Dialogue between Walter Brueggemann and Zack Plantak
Friday October 30, 2015
This is the unedited recording of the conversation between Walter Brueggemann and Zack Plantak at the Loma Linda University Church during the Weekend with Walter Brueggemann event. Presented by the Center for Christian Bioethics.
Einstein & Faith
October 3, 2015
Physicist and cosmologist Robert Piccioni, who has made study of Einstein a specialty, lectured on Einstein’s complex view of God. Presented by the Humanities Program.
Revelation 13 and the Papacy: Bible Prophecy and the Pope's Visit
September 26, 2015
Lecture featuring Jon Paulien, Dean, School of Religion. Presented by the Adventism and the World Lecture Series.
3rd Annual Dalton Baldwin Memorial Lecture: “Atheistic Spirituality”
May 16, 2015
“Adventist Health Reform: Principle or Taboo?” Panel Discussion
May 2, 2015
"What is Adventist Eschatology Good for?"
March 7, 2015
"The Emerging Church: Prospects and Perils for a Postmodern Adventism"
February 21, 2015
"Good Science and Literal Bible: What Gives?" Panel Discussion
October 25, 2014
Bed-side/Community-wide Health: the Medical-Ethical Complex Bias” Panel Discussion
March 8, 2014
"Spiritual Journeys" Panel Discussion
February 15, 2014
2nd Annual Dalton Baldwin Memorial Lecture: "John Wesley's Passion for Holistic Faith and Life"
May 3, 2014
Featuring Randy Maddox, Duke University Professor/Wesleyan Studies