Religious Freedom Conference
The concept of religious freedom, the bedrock of the Bill of Rights, our protection from tyranny in all its forms, is often taken for granted by Americans. Yet in 17th-Century New England, many considered religious freedom to be a dangerous notion, even punishable by death.
Still, there was one place where religious liberty was the rule, in Roger William’s Rhode Island. How did religious freedom thrive in Rhode Island, surrounded by colonies where persecution was common? How much progress have we, as a nation, made in tolerating others’ religious beliefs and practices? Government influence in religion; religious influence in government – where is the line? And have we crossed it? What role do sacred sites play in connecting Americans to the history of religion and religious freedom in the U.S.?
Join us on October 24th and 25th for a gathering to examine the legacy of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, and early advocate of religious freedom.
Click here for a copy of the conference schedule and registration form.
For more information, call Ranger Chuck Arning at (401) 762-0440, or e-mail us
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