Religious Liberty

The Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) department is to keep abreast of developing conditions and legislation which may affect religious liberty, and to take positive action for preserving religious freedom. This includes:

  • freedom of conscience and belief;
  • freedom to worship; and
  • freedom for the unrestricted activities of the church.
The department seeks to be informed on church-state relations, industrial relations and inter-church relations, and take action towards maintaining positive relations in all such areas. The department’s role includes alerting the churches and keeping them informed of significant trends in the religious and political world that impact upon liberty.

PARL stands for the general defence of religious liberty for all people and in particular, helps members who are having problems regarding religious liberty. It acts as the point of contact with government in general matters and fosters a clearer understanding of the Christian's duty to God and government.

Church members may wish to contact their local church pastor or the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty director of the conference about issues such as:

  • Sabbath work and exam schedule conflicts
  • Religious discrimination at the workplace
  • Military service and non-combatancy problems
  • Trade union membership
Who to contact:

If you are facing religious liberty issues, your first point of contact should either be your local church pastor, or the local conference president.

Useful links:

Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

International Religious Liberty Association www.irla.or