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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.

Ted Wilson to raise issue of Sabbath exams in Uganda

Ted Wilson to raise issue of Sabbath exams in Uganda

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, has offered to intercede on behalf of Adventist students required to take exams on Saturdays in Uganda. Saturday exams are a...

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Philippine judiciary rules in favor of Adventist student

Philippine judiciary rules in favor of Adventist student

A court in the Philippines ruled in favor of Denmark Valmores, who filed a case against Mindanao State University-College of Medicine(MSU-COM), Dean Cristina Achacoso and faculty member Dr. Giovannie...

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As nations debate refugee policies, Adventists at the United Nations emphasize compassion

As nations debate refugee policies, Adventists at the United Nations emphasize compassion

Migrants and refugees are not “problems to be solved,” but vulnerable individuals who must be treated with respect and compassion, said participants this week at a United Nations symposium...

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Court of Appeal for Tenth Circuit rules for plaintiffs in Kellogg Sabbath accommodation case.

Court of Appeal for Tenth Circuit rules for plaintiffs in Kellogg Sabbath accommodation case.

On Jan. 17, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a decision in favor of Richard Tabura and Guadalupe Diaz, former employees of Kellogg USA, who were terminated in 2012 for...

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Religious Liberty Sabbath highlights a core Adventist value

Religious Liberty Sabbath highlights a core Adventist value

Church leaders are encouraging Seventh-day Adventists to dig deeper into the meaning of “religious freedom” as the global church prepares to commemorate Religious Liberty Sabbath on January 20.  Dr....

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Iglesia Adventista en Norteamérica da a conocer declaración que enfatiza la igualdad de todos los estadounidenses

Iglesia Adventista en Norteamérica da a conocer declaración que enfatiza la igualdad de todos los estadounidenses

La Estatua de la Libertad, un histórico símbolo de la libertad en los Estados Unidos, tiene las siguientes palabras grabadas en su base: “Dadme tus cansados, tus pobres, tus masas amontonadas gimiendo...

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