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December 3, 2005: Kendra Haloviak, Ph.D. PDF Print E-mail
Kendra HaloviakTitle: "Apocalyptic Hope" (Abstract)

Speaker:  Kendra Haloviak, Ph.D. (Bio)

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2005
Time: 5:00-6:45 p.m.
Location: 24769 Redlands Blvd., Ste. A
                Loma Linda, California 92354
Abstract: The New Testament Apocalypse, better known as the Book of Revelation, tends to be read (or avoided) as a work of predicted horror.  The presentation will challenge those readings and will explore some of Revelation’s scenes while considering some of the qualities of hope.

Hope remembers.  Hope imagines newness.  Hope moves people to perform acts of transformation in our world.  The presentation will suggest ways to best read apocalyptic literature, so that readers may experience its hopeful imagination.

About the speaker: Kendra Haloviak, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies at La Sierra University,  She was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs.  After graduating from Takoma Academy, she attended Columbia Union College and received a B.A. in 1989, majoring in theology and English.

After graduating from college, Kendra spent a year as an intern pastor at the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ohio.  Her responsibilities included ministry to students at Kettering College of Medical Arts.  In 1990 she began work on an M.A. in religion from Andrews University Theological Seminary.  During her year at Andrews, Kendra was the associate pastor for the All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

In 1991, Kendra became a part of the pastoral staff of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she specialized in young adult ministries.  In January, 1993, Kendra joined the Religion Department at Columbia Union College.  While there, she taught students studying for Adventist ministry and those taking general education religion credits.

Her experiences in congregational and classroom ministry influenced Kendra's interest in the book of Revelation.  She pursued these interests through a doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.  Her dissertation was titled, "Worlds at War, Nations in Song: Dialogic Imagination and Moral Vision in the Hymns of the book of Revelation."

In July, 2001, Kendra accepted an invitation to join La Sierra University, in Riverside, California, as an assistant professor in the School of Religion.  Following the completion of her doctoral degree in 2002, she began teaching at La Sierra full-time.

A sixth-generation Adventist who cherishes her heritage, Kendra's motivation and hope for ministry are captured in Scripture's final invitation: "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come."  And let everyone who hears say, "Come."  And let everyone who is thirsty come.  Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift" (Revelation 22:17).
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