HISTORIC MISSION CONFERENCE: Ganoune Diop, director of the Adventist Church’s Global Mission Study Centers, presents at the Edinburgh World Missionary Conference in June.Edinburgh 1910 had many outcomes: the large body of study materials produced by that event facilitated ongoing scholarly study about Christian mission. Some new mission journals were started and seminaries increased their mission courses. The ecumenical movement traces its roots to the conference, even though the focus in 1910 was not theological dialogue. Sadly, the two world wars, the Great Depression, Communism, ecumenism, secularism, and the resurgence of non-Christian world religions have all undercut the great progress anticipated in 1910.
UNITED IN SONG: Delegates to the conference joined voices in song during the conference’s worship services.The Seventh-day Adventist Church was represented at both Edinburgh conferences. In 1910 L. R. Conradi, General Conference vice president for the European Division, was joined by W. J. Fitsgerald, British Union Conference president, and W. A. Spicer, General Conference secretary and Foreign Mission Board member. They represented an Adventist membership of about 90,000.