First religious liberty symposium in Guadeloupe spurs civic engagement

Leaders urge more local dialogue with government, religious groups Jan 22, 2013 Pointe-√†-Pitre, Guadeloupe ANN staff Seventh-day Adventist public affairs leaders heralded the church’s first religious liberty symposium here in Guadeloupe as a model for more civic engagement at local regions worldwide. Ganoune Diop, left, associate public affairs director for the Adventist world church, offers a gift to Victorin Lurel, president of the Regional Council of Guadaloupe, at a religious liberty symposium earlier this month. Earlier this month, some 800 people attended a three-day symposium in this Caribbean island, with Adventist leaders continuing to urge local pastors and administrators to deliberately pursue dialogue with government officials and other religious groups.

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