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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.

'Religious Freedom is a high priority for Church,' Adventist representative tells UN envoy 

'Religious Freedom is a high priority for Church,' Adventist representative tells UN envoy 

In a meeting with the United Nations’ new top envoy for religious freedom, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s UN liaison said Adventists are committed to promoting and defending freedom of worship for...

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Background information about the work of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty

Background information about the work of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty

The Seventh-day Adventist Church entrusts the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department (PARL) with the work of interfaith relations and forming relationships with a variety of political and...

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Why does the Seventh-day Adventist Church have a presence in the public sector?

Why does the Seventh-day Adventist Church have a presence in the public sector?

Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) for the Seventh-day Adventist world church, recently returned from two major international gatherings: a meeting of the...

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Adventist leaders mark Religious Freedom Day

Adventist leaders mark Religious Freedom Day

Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty leaders marked International Religious Freedom Day October 27 by asking church members around the world to remember those who suffer discrimination or...

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Moldova ambassador praises the Adventist Church’s international commitment to peace, development and human rights

Moldova ambassador praises the Adventist Church’s international commitment to peace, development and human rights

Moldovan ambassador Natalia Gherman, a candidate for election as United Nations secretary-general, has highlighted the potential of faith-based organizations such as the Seventh-day Adventist Church...

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On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Adventist advocate talks peace-building

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Adventist advocate talks peace-building

As the world’s political leaders gathered earlier this month for the G20 Economic Summit in Hangzhou, China, an international group of religious scholars met in Beijing to consider how religion can...

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