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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.

The 2016 International Religious Liberty Summit gives advocates a platform to address scarce media coverage of worldwide discrimination and persecution cases

The 2016 International Religious Liberty Summit gives advocates a platform to address scarce media coverage of worldwide discrimination and persecution cases

May 26, 2016

As religious freedom continues to deteriorate around the world, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has brought together a broad range of advocacy...

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Annual report tracks ‘serious and sustained assault’ on religious freedom

Annual report tracks ‘serious and sustained assault’ on religious freedom

May 03, 2016

The state of religious freedom worldwide has deteriorated over the past 12 months, according to a report released May 1 by an independent United...

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Adventists to Partner with Newseum for Unique Religious Freedom Summit

Adventists to Partner with Newseum for Unique Religious Freedom Summit

Apr 26, 2016

The steady rise in rates of religious persecution around the world in recent years has led Seventh-day Adventists to search for new, more effective...

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In War-Weary Colombia, Adventists Look Ahead to Post-Conflict Challenges  

In War-Weary Colombia, Adventists Look Ahead to Post-Conflict Challenges  

Apr 19, 2016

As the Colombian government and rebel groups move toward ending the country’s long-standing civil conflict, Seventh-day Adventists are seeking ways...

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Adventists in Côte d'Ivoire host peace summit following terrorist attack

Adventists in Côte d'Ivoire host peace summit following terrorist attack

Apr 05, 2016

Religious leaders in the West African country of Côte d'Ivoire are calling for a unified response to violence carried out by Islamic extremists. At a...

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Church Leader offers condolences after death of former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Church Leader offers condolences after death of former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Feb 16, 2016

Statement from Dr. Nelu Burcea, United Nations Liaison for the Seventh-day Adventist world church, regarding the death of Boutros Boutros-Ghali. I...

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