“Lift High the Banner of Religious Freedom” at 7th World Congress, Urges Church President

In a short video message, Seventh-day Adventist president Elder Ted N.C. Wilson urges church leaders to remember that “religious liberty is part of the DNA of the Adventist Church” and invites them to join him in supporting next year’s International Religious Liberty Association 7th World Congress.

Elder Wilson will be one of the keynote speakers at the event, which will be held April 24-26, 2012, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. He calls the Congress a tremendous “opportunity for us to affirm our historic and continuing support for religious freedom.” He adds that it’s an unprecedented chance to “mix with those who hold positions of influence in society, and to explore how, together, we can speak for the millions of people around the world today who face discrimination, imprisonment, or worse, simply because they’ve chosen the path of faithfulness.”

More than just an academic conference, the three-day World Congress will offer practical resources, stimulating presentations, and the opportunity to interact with a truly global group of experts, government officials, religious leaders, and advocates. It will be the first IRLA World Congress to be held in the Inter-America Division, and is projected to be the largest one to date. The Congress is open to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of current issues in the world of religious freedom advocacy, and will be held at the all-inclusive Barceló Bavaro Beach Resort and Convention Center. Please visit www.irla.org for all the information and links you’ll need to register for the Congress and to plan your visit to Punta Cana. [Bettina Krause/PARL]