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September 14, 2004 - Announcing: "One Nation Under God? What the Bible says About..."

By Alan J. Reinach

ANNOUNCING: "One Nation Under God? What the Bible says about Religion, Government and the American Destiny."

WHEN: November 12 - 14, 2004

WHERE: Camp Cedar Falls, San Bernardino Mountains

REGISTRATION: online: (scroll down to "religious liberty retreat") or call 1-800-SDA-PLUS.


A training event for all who want to understand the role of the United States in the world today, in Biblical prophecy, and the vital intersection of church and state. Every church is urged to sponsor or recruit someone to represent them.


We have assembled the best panel of presenters who will integrate the historical, biblical, prophetic, and legal dimensions for an in-depth understanding of religious liberty in America today, and its relevance to the gospel that will powerfully inspire and enlighten. This is a MUST ATTEND event!

Understand that while this weekend will be very educational, it is a revival weekend. Expect the Holy Spirit to challenge you to change your life, to gain a new depth of insight into the mission and message of Seventh-day Adventists and to obtain new tools that you can use for ministry in your local church and community. Since this weekend is interactive, there will be ample opportunity for discussion and reflection on the material presented.

The keynote speakers are:

Nicholas Miller, attorney, former Executive Director of the Council on Religious Freedom.

Nick is one of the foremost advocates and activists on religious liberty issues in America today. He has written numerous legal briefs before the United States Supreme Court, and lower Federal and State Courts defending religious freedom, and is a sought-after, national speaker.

Greg Hamilton, Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Greg is a revival speaker who integrates his academic study of church-state relations with gospel and Biblical prophecy in a most inspiring way. Greg also serves as Executive Director of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association, an effective advocacy group on religious liberty issues.

Alan Reinach, attorney, Director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, President of the Church State Council, and writer of this E.lert.

My main presentation will introduce the biblical and prophetic principles that govern church-state relations, and relate these principles to the Three Angels' Message so as to better understand our mission and message.

The program of events is listed below:

"One Nation Under God? What the Bible says about Religion, Government and the American Destiny."

Friday evening:

7:30 p.m. Introduction and Worship

"One Nation Under God? The Biblical Roles of Church and State"

Speaker: Alan Reinach

Respondent: Nicholas Miller

Moderator: James Lee, vice president, Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Sabbath School:

9:30 a.m. "Public Affairs Ministry of an Introverted Church?"

Speaker: Audray Johnson, Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Panelists: Jim Pederson, Greg Jones

Moderator: Kevin James

11:00 a.m. Worship Service: "For Such a Time as This?

Speaker: Larry Caviness, President, Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Prayer: Washington Johnson

Offering: James Lee

Scripture: Greg Jones

Platform Chair: Jim Pederson

Sabbath Afternoon:

3:30 p.m. "Historical Foundations of Church State Relations"

Speaker: Nicholas Miller

Platform Chair: Alan J. Reinach

7:30 p.m. "Current Issues in Church & State"

Religion and Education - Chuck McKinstry

Issues of Moral Reform and Civil Religion - Greg Hamilton

Moderator: Nicholas Miller

Sunday Morning:

9:30 a.m. Religious Liberty Evangelism Seminar

Moderator: Alan Reinach

Developing Relations with Civil and Government Leaders - Washington Johnson

Helping Members with Sabbath Problems - Greg Jones

Using the Internet, part 1 - Jim Pederson

Using the Internet, part 2 - Michael Peabody

Organizing Small Group Bible Studies - Arnold Trujillo

Mobilizing Support in the Local Church - James Lee

Influencing Legislation - Kevin James

Effective Liberty Campaign - Carolyn Gentry

Preparing a Religious Liberty Talk - William Brooks

Making Freedom's Ring Radio part of local church ministry - Larry Caviness

Religious Liberty Ministry to our schools - Chuck McKinstry

12:30 p.m. Luncheon: Organization of the Pacific Union Conference Chapter of the North American Religious Liberty Association, election of officers

Alan J. Reinach, moderator.

2:00 p.m. Conference Ends.

These religious liberty newsflashes and legislative e.lerts are published by the Pacific Union Conference Department of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty.