The Solidarity Sabbath is an international, interfaith religious, and spiritual gathering focusing on the plight of Chinese citizens who courageously live out their faith in face of the Chinese government’s increased persecution of religion, conscience, and belief. Held during the weekend of May 20-22, the Solidarity Sabbath is an opportunity for faith communities around the world to come together in solidarity as they worship and pray for religious and spiritual believers in China who desire to freely live out their faith and beliefs as we do.
Freedom of religion, conscience, and belief is a liberty that we hold freely in the United States and in many other countries around the world. What many of us do each day or each weekend – attend religious or spiritual services – is an act that in China can easily lead to arrest, torture, or even death. With the world’s largest population and one of the world’s strongest economies, the fact that so many people cannot live out their faiths is a cause for global concern.
If you are leader in your faith community, please visit our Guide for Faith Community Leaders to learn how to best use this site when preparing material for a Solidarity Sabbath service.
The Solidarity Sabbath is a three-fold effort to:
- Raise awareness of the absence of religious and spiritual freedom in China among the world’s faithful. Visit the Learn page to find out more.
- Provide individuals within the world’s religious and spiritual community with the tools to start taking action on behalf of their brothers and sisters in China. Visit the Act page to find out how.
- Increase pressure on governments around the world to start taking practical and realistic steps to defend faith communities in China who simply want the freedom of religion, conscience, and belief. Sign the Petition now.
While the Solidarity Sabbath will be focusing on religious and spiritual persecution in China, it is important to recognize the many humanist and secular movements in China that are also committed to making China a place where all human rights are respected and upheld.
The Solidarity Sabbath is part of an ongoing initiative to promote the fundamental right of religious freedom, which is currently under brutal assault in so many parts of the world. Religion is not only a central part of the lives of billions of people around the world, it is also one of the basic rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Furthermore, research is increasingly demonstrating that the robust protection and tolerance of different faiths is often a leading indicator of whether or not a society will be peaceful, stable, democratic, and prosperous. In other words, religious freedom, tolerance, and respect are not only moral imperatives, they are important for the economic and social well-being of nations and their people.
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