Every five years, the international religious freedom community meets at the IRLA World Congress to dialogue about key issues and challenges. If you have an interest in religious freedom, you’re invited to attend of this historic event, August 22-24, 2017 near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Some 50 presenters—scholars, lawyers, advocates, government officials and religious leaders—from around the world will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the 8th World Congress for Religious Freedom, which begins August 22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.