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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.

Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approves student’s right to be absent from exams for religious beliefs

Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approves student’s right to be absent from exams for religious beliefs

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Unprecedented numbers of migrants and refugees means new religious freedom challenges, say scholars

Unprecedented numbers of migrants and refugees means new religious freedom challenges, say scholars

As the number of migrants and refugees worldwide continues to surge, a panel of scholars convened last month by the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) says more must be done to deal...

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Adventist named Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea

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A Seventh-day Adventist Church member has been named Chief Justice of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Sir Gibbs Salika, a member of Hohola Adventist Church in Port Moresby, was appointed on November 13 for a...

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Adventist took part in the forum of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on Freedom of Conscience

Adventist took part in the forum of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on Freedom of Conscience

Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders recently participated in a Freedom of Conscience forum hosted by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation in mid-October 2018.  The forum’s theme, "Religion in...

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An asylum claim submitted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on behalf of an Iranian student who converted to Adventism in the United States was recently granted, ending a four-year process. "It's...

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A Statement from the World Jewish-Adventist Friendship Center: A Terrible Tragedy in Pittsburgh

A Statement from the World Jewish-Adventist Friendship Center: A Terrible Tragedy in Pittsburgh

As you are no doubt already sadly aware that on October 27, a gunman shouting “All Jews must die!,” opened fire on a Jewish congregation gathered to celebrate Shabbat at the Tree of Life Synagogue in...

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