A celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first general camp meeting was held at the Wright Church in Michigan on Sept. 7-8.
Before a group of 200–some dressed in period attire–James Nix, director of the Ellen White Estate, and Kevin Burton, Ellen White scholar and PhD student, recounted fascinating narratives from that era. On Friday evening Nix presented on songs and stories of the Adventist pioneers, while on Sabbath Burton spoke on the problems of worldliness in the church and the first Adventist general camp meeting; the Battle Creek purge and detrimental effects of legalism; and the Adventist leadership controversy and its impact on mission.
The Wright Church was officially organized in 1861 at a meeting led by James White and on Sept. 1-7, 1868 the first official camp meeting was held on the property behind the site of the current church.
More details on the event will be available in the Nov/Dec. Herald