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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.

US “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Impact on Adventist Employees and Organizations

US “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Impact on Adventist Employees and Organizations

The United States House and Senate passed, and the President is expected to sign into law, H.R. 1 formerly known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which makes certain changes to the United States...

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Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation discussed the application of the law on missionary activities

Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation discussed the application of the law on missionary activities

On November 28, a round table was held in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, devoted to the following topic: Law Enforcement Practice in Respect of Federal Law No. 125 "On Freedom of...

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Religious Liberty leaders meet in Italian Senate

Religious Liberty leaders meet in Italian Senate

On Wednesday, November 15, the third edition of the “Days of Conscience and Freedom” took place in the Parliamentary Hall of the Senate Library in Rome, Italy.  The convention was designed to make...

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Commentary: Current Tax reform efforts in the US could negatively impact Adventist educators

Commentary: Current Tax reform efforts in the US could negatively impact Adventist educators

Attorney Dwayne Leslie represents the Seventh-day Adventist world church in Washington, D.C., monitoring legislation and, when necessary, advocating on behalf of the church. Mr. Leslie provides...

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Adventist pastor admitted to the Jamaican Supreme Court Bar

Adventist pastor admitted to the Jamaican Supreme Court Bar

Omar Oliphant, created history in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica by becoming the first ordained minister to become an attorney-at-law. He was admitted to the Jamaican Bar on Dec. 7, 2017,...

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Official meetings of the leaders of the Adventist Church and the government took place in Uzbekistan

Official meetings of the leaders of the Adventist Church and the government took place in Uzbekistan

On November 16, the international conference of "Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Tolerance - Guarantee of Society Stability" was held at the Tashkent Islamic University. The event was organized by...

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Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

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