The General Conference Department of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty (PARL) is charged with representing the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church to national leaders from around the world, the United Nations and other international bodies, the government of the United States of America, and to other faith communities. PARL organizes the visits of heads of state, government ministers, ambassadors and other officials, and leaders of faith communities to the world headquarters and during the quinquennial General Conference session. Further, it supports and helps to coordinate the work of the PARL departments in each of the 13 Adventist world divisions and their constituent bodies.
PARL focuses primarily on promoting and protecting religious freedom for all people. It also works in cooperation with other church departments to advocate public policy positions on issues in areas as diverse as human rights, health, education, women’s issues, the rights of prisoners, and aid and development. In these different areas, PARL builds a global network of friends and experts belonging to different religions and faith traditions, but sharing the most fundamental values of human rights and dignity.
PARL is based at the Church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition, the Department maintains offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and in New York, across the street from the United Nations headquarters.