April 10, 2005 - NARLA West Members Lobby US Congress for Workplace Religious Freedom
NARLA West Members visit with Congressman Jerry Lewis (Center): From left - Michael Peabody, Jacqueline Miller, Karen Hamilton, Daphne Thorpe, and Alison Agins
WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the North American Religious Liberty Association converged in Washington, DC for the annual NARLA Capitol Hill Conference which took place April 7–10, 2005.
The highlight of the four-day event was the annual Religious Liberty Awards Dinner held in the US Senate Caucus Room.
Keynote speaker Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a supporter of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA), praised the religious liberty work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and emphasized the importance of protecting religious freedom for all Americans and promoting religious freedom worldwide.
“Coming to Washington was a great opportunity for NARLA members to put their passion into action – and to see some of the tangible results of their efforts,” said Michael Peabody, executive director of NARLA West. “We were pleased to have such a strong showing from the West Coast.”
Senator Clinton signs a book before her keynote address.
The conference, which was co-sponsored by Liberty Magazine and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists scheduled included scheduled visits with members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to promote WRFA, informational seminars on domestic and international issues, and a day study tour along Virginia’s Constitution Route including visits to the homes of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.
“Even though it may seem like our voices are small as individuals, when we work together for religious liberty, we make a real difference,” says Peabody.
NARLA is currently in the process of planning for next year's event.
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