Sabbath Conferences

(sometimes called “1848 Conferences” because they began in April 1848). A series of meetings of “friends of the Sabbath” held in various places in New England and New York, during the formative period when James and Ellen White, Joseph Bates, and others began the work of “uniting the brethren on the great truths connected with the message of the third angel” (James White, in Review and Herald 3:5, May 6, 1852). In more modern language, A. W. Spalding speaks of the “Sabbath conferences,” “which began to collect and bind together the believers in the Sabbath truth” (A. W. Spalding, Origin and History of Seventh-day Adventists , vol. 1, p. 191). The “conferences” of those early days were meetings of believers and interested people who came together from varying distanc...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.