Unprecedented Numbers of Migrants and Refugees Means New Religious Freedom Challenges, Say Scholars

Unprecedented Numbers of Migrants and Refugees Means New Religious Freedom Challenges, Say Scholars

SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND — As the number of migrants and refugees worldwide continues to surge, a panel of scholars convened last month by the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) says more must be done to deal with related religious freedom challenges. The IRLA’s 19thMeeting of Experts, held in Cordoba, Spain, brought together renown

Ground-breaking Sabbath Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea

Ground-breaking Sabbath Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea

Seventh-day Adventists in Korea are requesting prayers from their world church family as a landmark Sabbath-keeping lawsuit makes its way to the nation’s Supreme Court. First-year medical student Jiman Han is suing for the right to take university exams outside of Sabbath hours. His predicament is one that thousands of Adventists in Korea have face

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

Mission, Outreach a Focus of Annual Council’s October 15 Sessions

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan — Having dealt with a controversial "compliance document" on the first day of the 2018 Annual Council, leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist world church focused on outreach on several fronts during the Monday, October 15, session. Dr. Ganoune Diop, Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the General Conference, r

Adventist Religious Liberty Leaders Bring Unique Viewpoint to U.S. State Department Meeting

Adventist Religious Liberty Leaders Bring Unique Viewpoint to U.S. State Department Meeting

WASHINGTON — Two Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty advocates were among those invited to participate in a landmark religious freedom summit organized by the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. The event, which began July 24, was the first-ever of its kind, and brought together government officials from some 80 nations, along with an in

Leader Brings Distinctly Adventist Voice to International Christian Gathering

Leader Brings Distinctly Adventist Voice to International Christian Gathering

The third meeting of the Global Christian Forum, held April 24 to 27 in Bogotá, Colombia, provided an invaluable opportunity to be “salt and light” and to share key Seventh-day Adventist values with a unique audience, says Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the Adventist world church. Diop, who was a plenary speaker

Adventists in Korea Await Groundbreaking Legal Ruling on Sabbath Accommodation

Adventists in Korea Await Groundbreaking Legal Ruling on Sabbath Accommodation

A young medical student in South Korea is requesting the prayers of Seventh-day Adventists around the world as he awaits a legal decision that could have far-reaching implications for the church in Korea.   Jiman Han, a first-year medical student, has sued for the right to complete his university exams outside of Sabbath hours. He began his le

News Analysis: Sabbath-Case Win Latest in Series of Victories, Reversing Decades-Old Precedent

News Analysis: Sabbath-Case Win Latest in Series of Victories, Reversing Decades-Old Precedent

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. (Proverbs 25:25, KJV)   Clearfield, Utah, some 30 minutes north of Salt Lake City, may seem like "a far country" to some readers, but the "good news" recently delivered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, based in Denver, should refresh many a thirsty Seventh

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 3)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 3)

The Future of Christian Socio-Politics and the Rise of GloboChristianity One might wonder what the future holds for American Christianity in its polarized socio-political climate. In itself, no reconciliation appears possible through continued dialogue. Were the Right and Left to remain true to their present purposes, they would be incompatible phi

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

What is the relevance of all of the above for Seventh-day Adventists? There are several possible ways of answering this question. Foremost among such responses is that American Adventists and Catholics closely share an important corporate identity marker that is somewhat unusual in the religious world for large ecclesiastically united religious gro

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

There is a unique relationship between religion and politics in America with significant implications for the corporate identity of Seventh-day Adventism that continually places us at risk of becoming “entangled” in the web of socio-political ideologies. Why does an individual identify with, and maintain membership in, a particular Christian (or ot