Department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL)

A department of the General Conference that represents the church in protecting and securing civil rights related to freedom of worship and belief; conducts public education with respect to the principles of religious liberty; coordinates the activities of unions and conferences in the field of religious liberty; and sponsors local, national, and international religious liberty associations. It is staffed by a director, associate directors, and office assistants, and has its headquarters at the General Conference offices. In the United States, its staff concerns itself with matters such as Sunday legislation, municipal regulations restricting or prohibiting religious activities (for example, Green River ordinances, prohibitions of Ingathering solicitation), discrimination in employment and...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.