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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.

A week-long celebration of religious freedom takes center stage in Brazil’s largest city

A week-long celebration of religious freedom takes center stage in Brazil’s largest city

A packed agenda of events and high-level protocol visits marked “Religious Freedom Week” in the Brazilian city of São Paulo May 24 to 27. The celebrations were coordinated by Seventh-day Adventist...

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President of Uruguay receives copy of the book Hope for the Family

President of Uruguay receives copy of the book Hope for the Family

Within the framework of the Impact Hope project, the president of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, received a copy of the book Hope for the Family from the leaders of the Seventh-day...

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Breaking: Adventist named Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

Breaking: Adventist named Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

Seventh-day Adventist James Marape was elected Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG) on May 30. The appointment comes after weeks of turmoil that rocked the PNG government and eventually led to...

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Annual Adventist-sponsored dinner honors religious liberty advocates, supporters

Annual Adventist-sponsored dinner honors religious liberty advocates, supporters

The 17th annual Religious Liberty Dinner was held at The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C., on May 20. The annual dinner is sponsored by the International Religious...

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Commentary: What Seventh-day Adventists face in Burundi

Commentary: What Seventh-day Adventists face in Burundi

The following is a commentary on recent and concerning events in the African country of Burundi. For additional details and context to this developing story, we encourage you to also read a previously...

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ADRA President: “Faith communities can change the dialogue from hate and ignorance to peace, love and acceptance.

ADRA President: “Faith communities can change the dialogue from hate and ignorance to peace, love and acceptance.

During a recent summit held in Geneva, Switzerland, Jonathan Duffy, president for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined hundreds of interfaith world leaders to discuss fostering...

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