Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders have raised concerns with senior Russian officials about new legislation that would severely restrict missionary activity in Russia by outlawing home churches and the free distribution of religious literature.
Ganoune Diop, the top religious freedom advocate of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spoke to a high-level United Nations conference about human sexuality in light of the Bible’s teachings, emphasizing the need to treat every human being with dignity and respect. Photo: UN
Seventh-day Adventist believers across Russia were observing a day of fasting and prayer on Tuesday over proposed legislation that would severely restrict missionary activity in the country by, among other things, banning religious gatherings in homes and requiring people who wish to share their faith online or through religious literature to first secure proper documents.
The São Paulo event is the first of eight similar events that will take place in countries across South America in the coming years. Organizers are focused on developing strong, well-trained networks of religious liberty advocates throughout the South American Division. Photo: Felipe Lemos/South American Division
More than 200 religious freedom advocates from across North America attended the 2016 International Religious Liberty Summit at the Newseum's Religious Freedom Center. The event focused on ways to engage government leaders and the media, and to mobilize efforts on behalf of persecuted religious minorities around the world. Photo: Maria Bryk/Newseum