A hot topic among SDAs in North America is whether to continue a separate governing structure for African Americans. It would help to understand how “regional conferences” got started in the first place. Specific historical information is lacking—until now. Through the Logos SDA library, the entire transcript of the dramatic debate among church leaders 80 years ago will be available for the first time in readable, searchable format.
Pre-order now to experience the drama as Black leader G. E. Peters argues powerfully at the General Conference for regional conferences, declaring: “I am not a radical. I am not an agitator . . . I am standing for progress today!”
Many older Black SDAs still discern a need for separate conferences, whereas young Blacks crave racial unity. Why the difference in perspective? Exploring the historic document “Regional Conference Origins” will help explain why.
Among memorable statements transcribed is E.S. Dillett’s pithy declaration: “I am not a race man, even though I am in the race.” You can get the entire transcript of how African Americans leaders boldly claimed their God-given right to be self-governed, at a pre-order discount for a limited time from Logos SDA.
To navigate the present into the future, the church must understand its past. Pastors, conference leaders, lay members and students can now explore the formation of regional conferences—an important yet neglected chapter of Adventist history. To secure your pre-publication discounted price of $19.95, click here.