North American Division hosts second annual event at its regional headquarters.
More than 100 people from diverse faith traditions attended the second annual Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast hosted by the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The event, held on January 16, 2020, recognized Religious Freedom Day in the United States and included prayer for elected officials, the community, and the nation; for peace and places of worship; and for unity of spirit. Adventist, Jewish, Muslim, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and non-denominational Christian representatives offered the various petitions. Several NAD leaders participated through prayer and music.
Special greetings from the governor’s office were shared by Boyd Rutherford, lieutenant governor of Maryland. Jonathan L. Weaver, senior pastor of the Greater Mt. Nebo African Methodist Episcopal Church and social justice advocate, delivered remarks during the prayer breakfast.
- Jonathan Weaver, senior pastor of the Greater Mt. Nebo African Methodist Episcopal Church, speaks at the second annual Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast at the North American Division headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, United States. [Photo: Pieter Damsteegt, North American Division News]
- Orlan Johnson, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, addresses community members and church leaders from a variety of faith traditions as they gather for the division’s second annual Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast. [Photo: Pieter Damsteegt, North American Division News]
This commemorative day dates back to 1786, but, said Orlan Johnson, director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty for the NAD, “religious freedom faces ongoing challenges in current public policy debates.”
During the welcome, Johnson invited those gathered to take the time to contemplate the religious freedom we enjoy while recognizing that “preserving or obtaining this freedom for future generations should be a concern of all citizens and all government at all levels.”