Religious Liberty Sabbath

Stand in solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters

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 Religious Liberty Sabbath we take time as a world church to pray for the many millions of men, women, and children who continue to suffer harassment, discrimination, and even imprisonment or physical harm, because they choose faithfulness to God, no matter what.

We encourage you to make religious liberty a special part of your Sabbath program. Through our prayers, we can support our brothers and sisters around the world, and we can express our support for freedom for all people, who matter what their faith.

Religious Liberty Sabbath offers an excellent opportunity to invite public officials in your community to take part in the day's activities, or to invite other community groups to join with the Adventist Church in speaking out for the principle of religious freedom.

Whether you plan a special sermon, a concert, a special afternoon program, or a Sabbath School feature, we hope you’ll find these resources helpful.

Please let know how you marked Religious Liberty Sabbath in your church. We would love to receive your photos and stories. Email Bettina Krause, krauseb(at)gc.adventist,org.

2019 Resources


2019 Religious Liberty Sabbath Sermon (26 minutes). “A Faith-Based Perspective on Religious Freedom,” by Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

In these two short videos, Adventist Mission features the Adventist Church’s commitment to defending religious freedom for all people. These videos also provide an excellent general introduction to the work of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty around the world.


2018 Resources


2018 Religious Liberty Sabbath Sermon (18 minutes). “The Many Dimensions of Freedom: A Biblical Perspective,” by Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

“Freedom of Conscience – A God-given Right” (23 minutes) by Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Pastor Wilson presented this topic August 23, 2017, at the International Religious Liberty Association’s 8th World Congress on Religious Freedom, which took place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He spoke to some 550 attendees, representing many different faiths, nationalities, and backgrounds, and explained why Seventh-day Adventists defend and promote religious freedom for all people.


2017 Resources


2017 sermon video (36 minutes)—Dr. Ganoune Diop, General Conference PARL director
Worshipping the God of Liberation--Religious Freedom and the Three Angels' Messages

Take an look inside the work of the International Religious Liberty Association in Brazil. This 9-minute video is in Portuguese with a English subtitles.