IRD Side Events at this year’s State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Juicy Ecumenism | 7/23/2019 | Faith McDonnell
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Last week life in Washington, DC was more of a flurry than even it usually is. It was the week of the U.S. State Department’s 2nd annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom around the world.

It’s kind of a nice change, when the business of our federal government is focused on providing a space for victims/survivors of persecution and advocates for those who are persecuted to tell their stories. And to give an opportunity for government officials from dozens of countries to come together to work for more religious freedom around the world. I was privileged to be invited to the Ministerial, for a second year in a row.

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There is much I can say about the official Ministerial, but another extremely valuable feature of the week were the Ministerial Side Events. These events were sponsored by religious freedom and human rights organizations that participate in the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. They provided opportunities for education about various issues and country-related religious freedom topics, with most events available even to those who were not participating in the official Ministerial. This year there were over 80 side events and IRD was responsible for two of them, as well as for co-sponsoring another two.

Monday, July 15, was an extremely popular day for side events. Many of the Ministerial attendees arrived on Sunday, but the official program did not open until Tuesday morning. Monday was a marathon for IRD and our friends and associates from Save The Persecuted Christians, Jubilee Campaign, the International Committee on Nigeria, and Mission Africa International, as together we hosted three events at the beautiful Watterston House on Capitol Hill:

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This Genocide is Loading – A panel discussion on jihad and genocide in Nigeria. IRD was a co-sponsor of this event, which featured two panels. Panel One: U.S. Representative Frank R. Wolf...
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