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Adventist Religious Liberty Leaders Welcome the End of Saturday Mail Service

The United State Postal Service is expected to announce this week that its Saturday delivery of mail will cease in order to save about $2 billion. The religious liberty arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America released the following statement today.

In what Seventh-day Adventist Church Associate Counsel Todd McFarland hailed as “great news for Adventists and people who keep Sabbath throughout the United States,” the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it would cease Saturday mail delivery beginning August 1. Saturday package delivery will continue, and post offices will remain open on Saturdays, but with reduced hours.

The move was motivated by tens of billions of dollars in losses in recent years, and should save the agency about $2 billion a year.  However the decision has a positive, albeit unintended, consequence as well.


“For decades the USPS has been the single most troublesome employer for those seeking Sabbath workplace accommodation. Halting Saturday delivery will not only prevent many future Sabbath observance conflicts for Adventists employed by the post office, but will help resolve current situations in which mail carrier-church members are experiencing discrimination,” said McFarland.

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