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Eileen Maddocks was born and raised in the northeast state of Maine in the United States. Her mother, who was raised in the Millerite tradition in the Advent Christian Church, studied and pondered Christian history and theology on her own and became a Sunday School teacher in the Universalist Church. The stories of the Advent Christian grandparents and their church’s tent meetings were family lore but Eileen was raised in liberal Protestantism. This dual world fostered a need to seek and search spiritual truth. She received a bachelor degree in liberal arts and then married and had two children. Soon a single parent, she worked as a secretary and sales representative to raise her children. Always a spiritual seeker, she went to various Christian churches but did not find the answers to her questions. Then she explored New Age concepts for many years.
In 1989, just when the bottom had seemed to drop out of her life, she discovered the Bahá’í Faith and subsequently served at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel, for 16 years as a researcher and writer. Upon retirement, she returned to her New England heritage and is now a writer and editor living in bucolic state of Vermont where billboards are banned. She describes herself as a curious student, always trying to learn. She endeavors to write in a manner designed to encourage readers to seek and explore for themselves. Her study of the life and mission of William Miller led to a deeply empathic appreciation for him. Read her book – 1844: Convergence in Prophecy for Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Bahá’í Faith. The author’s cerebral lifestyle is balanced with a serious study of ballet and four seasons of performing in Farm to Ballet, a summer production of Ballet Vermont that brings classical ballet to Vermont farm venues. Thousands of people have watched this dance celebration of life on a Vermont farm from spring through fall. Its performances raise money for many nonprofit agricultural organizations.
The presentation will focus on the various prophecies and expectations for the year 1844 derived from the prophet Daniel, the book of Revelation, and Islamic traditions. The three religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam yielded a surprising union of prophecies and traditions for that year. In the West, Christians were expecting the return of Jesus, who had often referred to His return, especially in Matthew 24. The preacher William Miller, and various colleagues within the Millerite movement, believed that the Second Coming of Jesus would occur 1844. The apparent nonappearance of Jesus that year was called the Great Disappointment. Was William Miller wrong? No! The Christ spirit did arise in the East with the Prophets of the Baha’i Faith, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah. In addition, the phenomenon of Millerism was part of God’s plan for today.