Step forward for church-state relations in Azerbaijan

Seventh-day Adventists in Azerbaijan hope a recent meeting between church leaders and state officials will ease tensions and help the church gain official recognition for its congregations under Azerbaijani law. The January 31 meeting with representatives of the Azerbaijan State Committee on Religious Associations came a month after reports that government officials disrupted an Adventist worship service in the city of Sumgait, questioning worshipers and confiscating DVDs and literature. The tone of last week’s meeting was both positive and professional, said Vasiliy Stolyar, vice president of the Adventist Church’s Euro-Asia Division, who attended along with three other local church leaders.

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