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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.

Highlighting the peace-making power of religion, despite its mixed track record

Highlighting the peace-making power of religion, despite its mixed track record

A group of scholars, lawyers and religious freedom advocates met last week to challenge a widespread belief that religion is primarily a divisive force in society, fuelling tension and violence. The...

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A new networking association is formed for Christ’s “unusual ambassadors”

A new networking association is formed for Christ’s “unusual ambassadors”

It can be an isolating experience for Seventh-day Adventist Church members who hold high public office: this was one of the key messages to emerge from a unique gathering of Adventist public officials...

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3 Adventists sue U.S. baseball team over religious observances

3 Adventists sue U.S. baseball team over religious observances

Three Seventh-day Adventists have filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court against the Washington Nationals, a professional baseball team in Washington D.C.  The lawsuit accuses the baseball club of...

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Adventist Church President Holds First Meeting With UN Chief

Adventist Church President Holds First Meeting With UN Chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concerns about growing religious intolerance worldwide during a private meeting with Adventist Church leader Ted N.C. Wilson, and he invited the...

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In Inter-America, Congress promotes religious freedom across the region

In Inter-America, Congress promotes religious freedom across the region

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America held it’s second religious liberty congress in the city of Medellin, Colombia, Mar. 18-19, 2015.

 After the religious liberty congress, the church in...

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Two Adventists Detained in Bangladesh

Two Adventists Detained in Bangladesh

The Seventh-day Adventist Church said Tuesday that two Adventists were detained in Bangladesh on unclear charges.  They have been released from custody ahead of a court hearing, church spokesman...

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