Reconstructing Religious Liberty in a Time of Religious and Secular Extremes 2023

Date & Location: October 20-21, 2023. Southern Adventist University, Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive East, Collegedale, TN 37615.

Event Sponsor: The sponsor of this event is the NAD Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department. Please click here to visit our website.

Description: Today religious and secular extremes threaten our fundamental freedoms, albeit in very different ways. As students of Bible prophecy, Seventh-day Adventists have long advocated for both strong free exercise protections, and a robust separation of church and state.

Our goal for this conference is to explore new ways to talk about religious freedoms within a culturally and politically polarized America. How can we effectively engage with those who believe religious freedom is merely a cover for bigotry? And, on the other hand, how do we engage with people of faith who increasingly fear  cultural marginalization, and who’ve become venerable to the appeal of religious nationalism?

Join academics, theologians, and religious freedom experts for this two-day event as we consider these increasingly divisive issues.

Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in contemporary religious freedom issues are invited to attend.

Featured Speakers: David French, New York Times Columnist; Dr. Samuel Perry, Author, The Flag and the Cross; Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, Pastor Ivor Myers, Lead Pastor, Living Manna Online Church, and Dr. Tobias Cremer, Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford.


Thursday, October 19, 2023
4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Event Check-in

Friday, October 20, 2023
8:00 am-2:00 pm - Event Check-in
9:00 am-9:20 am - Welcome/Intro
9:20 am-10:30 am - Plenary Speaker - David French, NY Times Columnist
10:40 am-1:30 am - Plenary Speaker - Dr. Samuel Perry, Author, The Flag and the Cross
12:45 pm-1:45 pm - Lunch Provided
2:00 pm-2:40 pm - Plenary Speaker - Dr. Tobias Cremer, Junior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
2:50 pm-3:40 pm - Panel Discussion - The Long View: Lessons from the History of Religious Extremism
3:50 pm-4:40 pm - Plenary Speaker - Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Sabbath, October 21, 2023
9:30 am-12:00 pm - Event Check-in
10:30 am-11:30 am - Panel Discussion - The Final Crisis: Extremism Counterfeits, and Faithfulness
11:45 am-1:00 pm - Church/Divine Worship - Pastor Dave Ferguson, Senior Pastor, Collegedale Church
1:30 pm-2:30 pm - Lunch Provided
2:30 pm-3:20 pm - Plenary Speaker - Pastor Ivor Myers, Lead Pastor, Living Manna Online Church
3:30 pm-4:20 pm - Panel Discussion - Workplace Accommodation: A Battle Won, A Battle Continuing
4:40 pm-5:20 pm - Panel Discussion - Groupthink Politics: The Pitfalls of Liberal and Conservative Extremes


Registration Fees: The registration fee is per person. Please plan to register early with AdventSource, since no registrations will be taken on-site.

$49 Attendee now through June 29, 2023
$79 Attendee June 30, 2023 through October 12, 2023

To Guarantee Your Place: Please register as soon as possible. You may register online or call AdventSource (800) 732-7587. All major credit cards accepted. AdventSource will process registrations for this event through October 12, 2023. 

Paying by check? 1) Please complete each online registration page with your personal information and registration details. You will be prompted to create an AdventSource account if you do not already have one. If you need to register another person simply click on "add a person" to complete their registration. 2) Please mail the completed registration page with your check or money order, paying the exact registration fee, made payable to AdventSource to the address listed below. No partial event registration payments will be accepted. 3) In order to receive a discounted rate your payment envelope must be postmarked with the date that rate ends.

Special Note: Failure to provide the completed registration page with your contact telephone number will delay the processing of your event registration. If AdventSource is not able to get complete information within three business days of receipt, your registration check or money order will be returned.

AdventSource Event Registration
5120 Prescott Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68506-5433

Mail-in Registrations: All registrations sent by mail must be received by noon Thursday, October 12, 2023.


Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted for this event. Please substitute someone to attend in your place if you will not be able to particiate in this event.

Lodging: If you have guests who need lodging accommodations please visit SAU Guest Lodging to complete their reservation.


Meals: You will receive lunch on Friday and Sabbath with your event registration. Conference meals will be plant-based vegetarian.

Directions: Please click here for a Map | Weather

Nearest Airport: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport

Ground Transportation: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Ground Transportation

On-site Event Registration & Check-in: You may pick up your event material on Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 4:00-4:00 pm; on Friday, October 20, 2023 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm; on or Sabbath, October 21, 2023 from 9:30 am-12:00 pm. Please plan to register early with AdventSource, since no registrations will be taken on-site.

Children: As a courtesy to other participants, and to maximize your benefit during this event, we ask that you make other arrangements for the care of your children.

Dress: Corporate casual for Friday; Sabbath attire is requested for worship hours.

Additional Questions: You may contact Melissa Reid (443) 391-7260 or Email for additional information.

  • 5120 Prescott Ave
  • Lincoln NE 68506
  • United States