2016 - 2017 University Colloquium Series


Faith and Loss

2016-2017 University Colloquium Series

Presented by Adventist University of Health Sciences

Almost every day we see horrific acts of violence and loss of life in some part of the world. The slaughter of 49 people and the wounding of 53 others at the Pulse nightclub shooting shocked the Central Florida community, bringing this very close to home. Devastating, seemingly random, events like this can challenge our faith in God and humanity.

Each one of us must face some form of tragedy and death within our lifetime. Where can we find answers and comfort? How do we respond to great loss? Is faith still relevant in today’s fractured world? The ADU’s Colloquium Series on Faith and Loss explores answers to these questions and more.

Adventist University of Health Sciences has invited leading authorities on faith and loss to open this topic for the Central Florida community through five unique seminars.

Don Williams, A Time for Every Season

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
7:00 PM Florida Hospital Church
Don Williams

Don Williams has been a pastor, teacher, missionary and administrator. He and his wife spent the first year of their marriage in New Guinea living in thatched huts and traveling the footpaths and waterways in this fascinating country. After completing a Master of Divinity and pastoring for several years, Don and his family spent eight years in Singapore where he taught Bible at a high school for missionary's children and at a local Adventist college. During that time Don led out in retreats and workshops for Christian workers in Burma, Indonesia and Japan. One summer Don was a visiting professor of religion at Central Philippine Adventist College.

Since returning to the States Don completed a Ph.D. in Counseling at Purdue University. Following graduation he helped start Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (now Adventist University of Health Sciences). He has held positions there as the Chair of General Studies, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and is currently Assistant to the President for Mission. For three years Don also taught Behavioral Medicine at the Florida Hospital Family Practice Residency. Don and his wife Merrie Lyn have two adult children and five grandchildren.

Don's passion for the book of Ecclesiastes began when he first taught it in Singapore. Later in developing the religion curriculum at the University, he taught a course entitled Wisdom of the Bible which explored the problem of pain in Job, wisdom in the book of Proverbs and the meaning of life in the book of Ecclesiastes. Since moving into administration Don still guest lectures on the book of Ecclesiastes.

James Appel, Nasara: Dispatches from a District Hospital in Chad

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
7:00 PM Florida Hospital Church
James Appel

James Appel, MD, was born in Ohio. Son of an Adventist pastor, he received his BA in Theology from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee and then a Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in California.

After completing his Residency, James moved to the Republic of Chad where he was the only doctor at the Béré Adventist Hospital for seven years. It was there that he met his wife, Sarah, a volunteer nurse from Denmark. James is currently the Chad country director for the NGO Adventist Health International which runs over 20 hospitals in Africa and the rest of the developing world.

Lucy Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air (by Paul Kalanithi)

Thursday, December 8, 2016
7:00 PM College Park Baptist Church - Church on the Drive
Lucy Kalanithi

Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. An internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA, she completed her medical degree at Yale, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, her residency at the University of California – San Francisco, and a postdoctoral fellowship training in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. At the cross-section of her career as a medical professional and her personal experience standing alongside her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment, and death, Dr. Kalanithi has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care, and end-of-life care. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR Morning Edition, and Yahoo News with Katie Couric, and been interviewed for People, NPR, and The New York Times. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.

Blackberry Winter - a play by Steve Yockey

January 4 - February 5, 2017
Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Reserved seats for each of the following performances:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Blackberry Winter

Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Vivienne recounts memories of her aging mother and the difficult decisions regarding her care. Interwoven with these stories is an evolving, wondrous 21st century Alzheimer's creation myth -- an origin story about a White Egret who tries to protect forest animals as they lose their memories to a blind, oblivious Mole. Blackberry Winter is a moving, occasionally humorous, and deeply human new work.

Philip Yancey, The Question That Never Goes Away: Why

Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 PM Florida Hospital Church
Philip Yancey

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Philip Yancey earned graduate degrees in Communications and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. He joined the staff of Campus Life Magazine in 1971, and worked there for ten years as Editor and then Publisher.

Then Philip became a full-time writer, initially working as a journalist for such varied publications as Reader’s Digest, National Wildlife, Christian Century and The Reformed Journal. For many years he wrote a monthly column for Christianity Today magazine, which he still serves as Editor at Large.

He has written over twenty-five books, including Where Is God When It Hurts, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? and Disappointment with God. The books have won thirteen Gold Medallion Awards from the Christian Publishers Association and have sold more than fifteen million copies in English, as well as being translated into forty languages. Christian bookstore managers selected The Jesus I Never Knew as the 1996 Book of the Year, and What’s So Amazing About Grace? received the same award in 1998. Among his most recent books are The Question That Never Goes Away and Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?.

The Yanceys lived in downtown Chicago before moving to a very different environment in Colorado. They enjoy mountain climbing, skiing, wildlife, and all the other delights of the Rocky Mountains.