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Religious Liberty

Freedom to believe

The Seventh-day Adventist church strongly believes in religious freedom for all people. A person’s conscience, not government, should dictate his or her choice to worship—or not.

We have advocated for these goals for more than 100 years, through our department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL), to governments and religious and international organizations.

This advocacy takes many forms—fighting against laws that would inhibit an individual’s religious freedoms, working to obtain the release of individuals imprisoned for religious reasons and supporting the rights of individuals fired from their jobs for following their conscience, to name a few.

As the official voice of the Adventist Church on matters of religious freedom and human rights, PARL maintains offices in Washington, D.C. to allow for convenient access to the U.S. Congress; New York City, to liaise with the United Nations; and at the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. PARL also sponsors the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) on behalf of the Adventist Church. IRLA is a non-sectarian organization supporting religious freedom around the world.

The first organization of its kind, IRLA brings together representatives of many faiths—including Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, Jews, Mormons, Buddhists and others—to support religious liberty. PARL and IRLA promote this vital cooperation through conferences, religious liberty festivals and other events, collectively raising awareness and educating government officials around the world.

This priority is vital to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While we are a rapidly growing denomination around the world, the church often finds itself in the religious minority, and consequently, understands the importance of ensuring that all voices be allowed to speak.

The Adventist Church believes that fighting religious oppression and defending an individual’s right to worship according to his or her conscience—regardless of that person’s religious affiliation—is in everyone’s best interest.

Adventist Church to mark International Religious Freedom Day October 27

Adventist Church to mark International Religious Freedom Day October 27

Oct 21, 2014

Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders and others who support religious liberty will participate in marking Monday, October 27 as International...

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Adventist pastor in Ukraine released from detention

Adventist pastor in Ukraine released from detention

Oct 16, 2014

Sergei Litovchenko, pastor of the Horlivka Seventh-day Adventist Church in eastern Ukraine, has been released and is being reunited with his family...

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SCOTUS grants workplace religious discrimination case supported by Adventists

SCOTUS grants workplace religious discrimination case supported by Adventists

Oct 02, 2014

The Supreme Court of the United States today accepted its first workplace religious freedom case in nearly 30 years, one that Seventh-day Adventists...

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In India, Adventists seek inquiry after local members reconvert to Hinduism

In India, Adventists seek inquiry after local members reconvert to Hinduism

Sep 02, 2014

Adventist leaders have appealed to Indian authorities to investigate the possible forced reconversion of Seventh-day Adventists to Hinduism in a...

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Adventist Church sponsors its first religious liberty festival in Britain

Adventist Church sponsors its first religious liberty festival in Britain

Aug 26, 2014

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Britain held its first religious liberty festival, in which Church leaders offered an overview of religious...

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Adventist Church sides with Muslim woman in workplace religious freedom case

Adventist Church sides with Muslim woman in workplace religious freedom case

Dec 12, 2013

The Seventh-day Adventist Church yesterday filed an amicus, or “friend of the court” brief in support of an American Muslim woman who claims she was...

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