Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why was this symposium being held during 2015?
    Because this year is the centennial of Ellen White’s death and many new resources are now available through the Ellen G. White Estate and various church publications.
  2. How many scholarly presentations were given?
    Twenty-two recognized international speakers. See the schedule here >>
  3. Where was the meeting held?
    In the Adventist Theological Seminary Chapel, Pioneer Memorial Church, and the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA.
  4. Were the presentations recorded?  Yes. The presentations were recorded. You may watch the recordings here >>
  5. How was the symposium organized?
    All meetings will be plenary with time for questions and discussion.
  6. Is a detailed schedule available now?  Yes, see it here >>
  7. Tell me about the program?
    There were 22 presentations and several panel discussions over four days—beginning Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. and continuing through Sunday until 1:00 p.m. The Friday evening program and the Sabbath afternoon program were open to everyone. All other sessions had reserved seating for those registered. Overflow seating was available.
  8. Tell me about the speakers?
    The president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists spoke on Sabbath morning along with other presenters from Andrews University, Southern Adventist University, the Biblical Research Institute, the Ellen G. White Estate, and other church institutions throughout the weekend. See a list of speakers and their biographies here >>
  9. Were any new materials available?
    Yes!  A special volume containing all the presentations was provided as a part of the Symposium. This volume was complementary to those registered for the symposium. The volume will be available to the general public after the Symposium.

Brief descriptions:
This symposium considered the relevancy of the gift of prophecy for people today and how to understand and interpret this gift in the Bible, history, and the end of time.

While various books have been written on Ellen White and her prophetic gift, there has been less study on the gift of prophecy in Scripture.  This symposium not only looked at history and Ellen White, but also particularly examined work, role of Bible prophets, and the phenomenon of prophecy.

This symposium sought excellence and depth in understanding issues relating to the prophetic gift in the Bible, church history, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Symposium launched a quinquinial world-wide emphasis in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for understanding the gift of prophecy.  The new publication by recognized international authors will serve as a foundation for symposia at Seventh-day Adventist educational institutions throughout the world.

The Symposium was sponsored by the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc., Center for Adventist Research, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Biblical Research Institute, and General Conference Ministerial Association.