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Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL)


The Seventh-day Adventist Church strongly believes
in religious freedom for all people. A person's conscience,
not government, should dictate his or her choice to worship—or not.

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PARL Staff:

North American Division
of Seventh-day Adventists

Orlan M. Johnson, Director of PARL


Melissa Reid, Associate Director of PARL

Bettina Krause, Liberty Editor of PARL

Our mission

To proclaim and defend the God-given gift of religious freedom which is integral to our prophetic role as Seventh-day Adventists® and primary evangelistic efforts.

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Contact PARL:

North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL)
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-1565, USA

Phone: 443.391.7257





    How we serve

    • Distribute Liberty magazine to nearly 200,000 mostly non-Adventist thought leaders, who include federal and state legislators, judiciary, lawyers, mayors, and many others identified as having an interest in religious liberty
    • Maintain a litigation fund to defend Adventists' religious convictions in the workplace
    • Involve members through the North American Religious Liberty Association, which together with Liberty magazine and the General Conference sponsors events in Washington and elsewhere, such as the annual Religious Liberty dinner, congressional visitation and training sessions for legislative liaison work
    • Interact with public officials and represent our church viewpoint to policy makers
    • Produce regular weekly television and radio programs broadcasted nationally and internationally