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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.

Romania’s Palace of the Parliament hosts third International Religious Liberty event

Romania’s Palace of the Parliament hosts third International Religious Liberty event

Nov 30, 2015

Romanian politicians and thought leaders, along with academics and religious liberty advocates from around the world, gathered recently in central...

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Adventists represented at G20 Interfaith Summit in Turkey

Adventists represented at G20 Interfaith Summit in Turkey

Nov 24, 2015

As the world’s political and economic leaders met for the G20 Economic Forum in Turkey earlier this month, religious leaders also gathered in Turkey...

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Moscow conference highlights upswing in religious extremism

Moscow conference highlights upswing in religious extremism

Nov 09, 2015

The event, the Third International Forum on Religion and Peace, was jointly organized by Russia’s Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious...

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Adventist religious freedom report documents growing challenges

Adventist religious freedom report documents growing challenges

Oct 19, 2015

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) department has released a country-by-country report on the state of...

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United Nations Advisor Visits Adventist Headquarters, Highlights Global Challenges

United Nations Advisor Visits Adventist Headquarters, Highlights Global Challenges

Oct 13, 2015

Long-time United Nations administrator Ambassador Iqbal Riza visited the Seventh-day Adventist world church headquarters last week to learn more...

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Religious freedom takes center stage in Madagascar at Adventist-sponsored festival

Religious freedom takes center stage in Madagascar at Adventist-sponsored festival

Sep 29, 2015

More than 17,000 people rallied last week in a sports arena in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, to pledge their support for religious...

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