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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.

Adventists bring distinct perspective to high-level religious liberty talks

Adventists bring distinct perspective to high-level religious liberty talks

Two Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty advocates were among those invited to participate in a landmark religious freedom summit organized by the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. The event, which began July 24, was the first-ever of...

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Egypt’s Prime Minister welcomes Adventist delegation

Egypt’s Prime Minister welcomes Adventist delegation

Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, thanked Egypt’s prime minister for the religious freedom granted to Adventists and offered a prayer that left a senior government official visibly moved. Wilson also spoke about the...

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Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic prays for nation as violence increases

Adventist Church in the Dominican Republic prays for nation as violence increases

Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists recently gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to pray for the escalating violence, crime and poverty affecting the nation. Church leaders spoke of the insecurity that is most concerning to Dominicans, in...

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Adventists Help commemorate Colombia’s National Religious Freedom Day

Adventists Help commemorate Colombia’s National Religious Freedom Day

Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty leaders were invited by the Colombian government to help celebrate the country’s third annual National Religious Freedom Day, held July 4. During a morning meeting at Casa La Giralda, headquarters of...

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More than 1,000 people celebrate the Adventist Church’s 90 years in Italy

More than 1,000 people celebrate the Adventist Church’s 90 years in Italy

"Today we enjoy religious freedom and I want to thank the Italian government for this" said Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Adventist World Church. He was a guest in Rome on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Italian...

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Roland R. Hegstad, longtime Liberty Magazine editor dies at 92

Roland R. Hegstad, longtime Liberty Magazine editor dies at 92

Long before he began a 35-year run as editor of Liberty magazine, Roland Hegstad had a decision to make. That choice helped change the direction of his life from a secular goal of being a sports editor at a daily newspaper to Christian...

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