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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.

In Mexico, Adventist Church helps believers affected by religious intolerance

In Mexico, Adventist Church helps believers affected by religious intolerance

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chiapas, Mexico, is helping victims of religious intolerance after four families were forced out of their homes by locals in the San Miguel Chiptip Community in Chiapas.  Agustin Alvarez, a baptized member...

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Government of Sudan grants religious freedom to Adventist Church

Government of Sudan grants religious freedom to Adventist Church

Rick McEdward, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Middle East and North Africa, made his first visit to the nation of Sudan.  These days, the government of Sudan provides official registration for many church groups who are...

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No wholly holy places

No wholly holy places

Can there be anything more exciting than standing right in the center of the world? Not according to a kindly Armenian Christian who discreetly shared some of the less accessible parts of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre with a group of six...

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New Adventist church building inaugurated in Erbil, Iraq

New Adventist church building inaugurated in Erbil, Iraq

The Seventh-day Adventist community inaugurated its first church in Erbil, the capital city of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, on Sunday, February 25. During the first service in the new church building on the Sabbath before, the church members...

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Newbold diversity lecture highlights challenges of being a Muslim woman in the United Kingdom

Newbold diversity lecture highlights challenges of being a Muslim woman in the United Kingdom

The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, wrote of ‘seeing ourselves as others see us’, but sometimes it is helpful to see and try to understand others through their own eyes. That kind of thinking led to Julie Siddiqi presenting the Newbold Diversity Centre...

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Participants of the 18th-prayer breakfast in Moscow

Participants of the 18th-prayer breakfast in Moscow

On February 20, the 18th national prayer breakfast was held in Moscow, Russia, at the President Hotel. The theme of this year’s meeting was "Prayer for Russia." This event, organized by the National Morning Prayer Foundation,...

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