2017

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTAdventist Leaders Call for International Cooperation to End Abuse of Refugees in Libya

Recent video evidence of an active slave market in the north African country of Libya has focused international attention on what has, until now, been a largely unpublicized human rights tragedy, says a Seventh-day Adventist Church spokesperson.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTAdventist Advocate Encourages an “Inclusive Society” in Visit with Colombian Leader

As war-weary Colombia confronts the challenges of peace-building following decades of conflict with rebel groups, a Seventh-day Adventist leader has reminded government officials that minority religious groups have a valuable part to play.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTAdventists Mark Reformation’s 500th Anniversary with Launch of New Book

Exactly 500 years to the day after Martin Luther is said to have posted his 95 theses at the door of Wittenberg Castle church, Seventh-day Adventists have published a new book that explores the profound—and complicated—legacy of the Protestant Reformation.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENT“The reformation is unending,” Adventist leader tells European Parliament

Raafat Kamal, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Trans-European territory, spoke on grace and tolerance during the European Parliament Celebratory in Brussels, Belgium.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTPARL Director Shares Devotionals at General Conference Spring Meeting

PARL director Dr. Ganoune Diop addressed Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders from around the world who were gathered at the General Conference for an annual administrative meeting April 11 and 12. Over the course of the two mornings, Dr. Diop presented devotionals focused on the book of Revelation, and explored key themes related to the work of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty. His presentation notes are available for download here.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTAdventist Students in Kenya Celebrate Sabbath Victory

A five-year-long legal battle for the right to keep Sabbath has ended in a landmark victory for Seventh-day Adventist students in Kenya. The country’s top appeals court ruled last week that the religious freedom provisions of Kenya’s constitution require that Adventist students be excused from classes and other school-related activities on Saturday. The decision overturns an earlier ruling that found no constitutional protection for Sabbath-keeping students.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTReligious Freedom Advocate Honored by International Law Society

A leading Seventh-day Adventist religious freedom advocate was honored last month for his commitment to promoting religious liberty as a fundamental human right. Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the Adventist world church, received the 2017 Thomas L. Kane Religious Freedom Award on February 17 at the annual three-day conference of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTNew Training Center for Religious Freedom Advocates Opens at Adventist College in France

The International Center for Religious Freedom and Public Affairs at Collonges-sous-Salève is the first of its kind, and will teach students how to represent the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the public realm.

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On January 23, 2017, the Seventh-day Adventist Church co-sponsored a symposium at the United Nations in New York, focused on the role of faith-based organizations in international affairs, and specifically, in the challenge of peace-making around the world. The event was live-streamed, and the archived video can be found here.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTAs Death Toll from Conflict Rises, Adventists Talk Peacemaking at the United Nations

​The Seventh-day Adventist Church is co-leading a discussion about peacemaking at the United Nations, with a church leader telling a major symposium that peace means far more than just the absence of war.

VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENTJanuary 21 is Religious Liberty Sabbath

Every year on the third Sabbath in January, Seventh-day Adventists around the world take time to remember the God-given gift of religious freedom. On January 21, 2017, please join fellow church members to pray for the millions of men, women and children who are persecuted for their faith.