Newly released Video Footage Documents Post-Apartheid Adventism

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November 16, 2016

Video that has previously been kept out of public circulation has been made available for the first time since 1996. It documents the delicate work done after the end of Apartheid in South Africa in what later became the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division of Seventh-day Adventists. The video was produced by the Adventist News Network at the request of the General Conference. 

Beginning in 1990, the system of Apartheid in South Africa began to be dismantled. This segregationist political system affected all walks of life, including church life. Until then, it was the law of the land. When apartheid in South Africa ended, the Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership went to great lengths to end segregation within the church body there and to unify the church organization and membership.

In 1995, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, tasked the Adventist News Network with producing a documentary about the challenges of ending a generation of segregation in South Africa and the resulting newly unified church. "Road to Unity" was the result. Before its release by Spectrum Media, the documentary had been publicly viewed only once before at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist church in 1996.

WATCH: Road To Unity

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