Who are Seventh-day Adventists?

Union College is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

That makes our campus family part of a world-wide faith community united and inspired by Jesus Christ. With more than 20 million members in 213 countries, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is not among the largest religious groups, but we are one of the most ubiquitous. 

Wherever you go in the world, you are likely to find a congregation of Adventists. And wherever there are Adventist churches, you will also find Adventists serving their communities through ministries such as education, healthcare, and ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. The Adventist education system, of which Union College is a part, is the second largest private school system in the world, and Adventist hospitals and clinics are world-renowned for their high standard of care. 

Frequently asked questions about Adventists

As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe we are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). We also believe our faith should manifest itself in our lives as we embody key Biblical principles such as:

  • good stewardship of the earth and our personal resources,
  • honoring God with our bodies and health,
  • and setting aside time to develop a closer relationship with God and serve our neighbors.

Most of the cultural practices that set Adventists apart from our larger communities grew as we found ways to act on these principles in our daily lives.

We've compiled answers to some of the most asked questions about Seventh-day Adventists based on Google's search suggestions. Please note these are not theologically complete answers and do not cite the source texts. We could write dissertations to answer each question completely, but brevity is key in a FAQ. 

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Who was Ellen White?

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Do Adventists believe in the secret rapture?

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Do Adventists drink alcohol?

What do Adventists believe?

Seventh-day Adventists do not have any creed other than the Bible, but the world church has identified 28 beliefs upon which Adventists agree. Each of these statements is founded on the principle that our Creator seeks with wisdom, grace and love to heal a relationship fractured by sin, giving us a more abundant life both now and for eternity. 

Explore our fundamental beliefs at Adventist.org.

Join us for Sabbath!

From sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday, we stop. We take a break from our routines and the struggles of regular life. Worshipping and resting on the Sabbath isn't just a core belief for Adventists, but a source of strength and joy. God's gift of the Sabbath is so important to us, we even made it part of how we describe ourselves, "Seventh-day Adventists." 

We invite you to join us in experiencing a Sabbath with Adventists for yourself. Most of Union's campus family worship at the College View church or one of the seven other Adventist churches in our area. Around the world, Adventists meet together in nearly 160,000 churches and companies each Saturday. This tool helps you find an Adventist congregation near you.