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2018 Seminar on Church and State

2018 Seminar on Church and State

This year’s Seminar on Church and State, October 1–2 (Mon.-Tue.), will be focused on perhaps the most controversial notion of our times: America’s Christian Nation Debate. Did our nation’s constitutional founders intend to establish a Christian nation mandated by law? The answer to that important question matters to our church’s prophetic mission in the United States of America and around the world.

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As Seventh-day Adventist capitol pastors, attorneys and laity we need to be sure about the answer to that question in today’s climate – a divisive climate in which many state legislators are increasingly intent on advancing the Christian Nation by law motif, among other more obvious things such as the potential breakdown of the separation of powers among the three branches of government. We need to have our eyes wide open and know how to navigate between the proverbial rock and hard place that we continually find ourselves in as a church when it comes to addressing critical constitutional and social issues. This means fortifying ourselves with a sound worldview regarding church and state so that we know how to diplomatically dispel myths and promote the truth in a balanced and effective manner in our public testimonies and activities when called upon to be faithful Ambassadors for Christ at the highest levels of government. This is the mission of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA), the North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) and the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA).

The opening lecture is at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, October 1.


  • Derek H. Davis, Ph.D., Retired Director & Chairman of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University. Author of 1) Religion and the Continental Congress, 1774-1789: Contributions to Original Intent; 2) The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States; 3) Original Intent: Chief Justic Rehnquist and the Course of American Church-State Relations.
  • Robert P. Ericksen, Ph.D., Kurt Mayer Chair in Holocaust Studies, Pacific Lutheran University. Author of Complicity in the Holocaust: Churches & Universities in Nazi Germany.  Ericksen is a leading consultant for the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and a former Lutheran Minister.
  • Nicholas P. Miller, Ph.D., Director, International Religious Liberty Institute, Andrews University. Author of The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State.
  • Lincoln Steed, Editor, Liberty Magazine, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Author of many edited works.
  • Alan J. Reinach, J.D., President, Church-State Council, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Author of Politics & Prophecy: The Battle for Religious Liberty & the Authentic Gospel.
  • Edward Woods III, Director, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Author of various denominationally based published articles.
  • Rich DuBose, Director, Creative Ministries, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Musician & Christian Recording Artist.
  • Kevin R. James, Associate Director, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty, Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Author of various denominationally based published articles.
  • Kent Lopez, General Manager at Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Olympia, Washington. The most experienced and successful professional lobbyist in the Adventist Church that I am aware of.
  • Sarah Hope, Minister’s Wife, Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Active in Women’s Ministries in Montana.
  • Gregory W. Hamilton, President, Northwest Religious Liberty Association, North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Author of Soul Liberty: Celebrating America’s First Freedom and “Justice O’Connor: Interpretive Determinism and Neutrality’s Pitfalls,” a published book essay based on Mr. Hamilton’s forthcoming book: Sandra Day O’Connor’s Judicial Philosolphy on the Role of Religion in Public Life.


Click on the button below to download the detailed workshop program.

Seminar Program


The seminar will be held at the Northwest Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church: 5709 N 20th Street, Ridgefield, Washington 98642

Hotel & Shuttle Information

For information about local hotels with special rates and airport shuttle information, click on the button below to download the flyer.

Shuttle & Hotel Flyer


If you have questions, please give our office a call or email: 360.857.7040 or rhonda.bolton@nw.npuc.org


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