My name is Bill Mefford, and I am the new Faith Outreach Specialist for Americans United. I started in mid-March so I am still getting my feet wet, but I look forward to working with AU members as we mobilize faith communities to ensure that religious expression is maintained for all and not used to harm others.
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I recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of students from Georgetown University at Americans United’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. This bright group of students had chosen to spend their Spring Break visiting several D.C. non-profits.
Americans United joined over 15 other organizations last Wednesday morning outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in a show of support for the right of all women to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions. The groups, which included both secular and faith-based organizations, gathered on the steps of the court in response to the hearing of Zubik v. Burwell. AU presented a brief to the court on behalf of more than 240 students from religiously affiliated universities that could be impacted by this decision.
Amanda Scott is a member of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s Youth Advisory Council, and like many young activists, she volunteers with multiple organizations.
Amanda’s work as a Planned Parenthood clinic escort coalesces with her work at Americans United. Both organizations are working to protect women’s access to healthcare from the Religious Right’s many attempts to dismantle it.
In late February, Elise Helgesen Aguilar, AU’s Federal Legislative Counsel, and Erin Taylor, AU’s new National Field Director, visited Chapel Hill, North Carolina for a strategy session on combating private school vouchers. Elise and Erin met with members of the Orange-Durham Chapter of Americans United for a working lunch and training session to begin outlining a plan for the upcoming state legislative session (April 25 to June 30, 2016).
Last weekend I attended the D.C.. Interfaith Leadership Summit that is held annually by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. The Summit creates a space for interfaith leaders (both religious and non-religious) in the D.C.. area to engage in a dialogue with each other.
My name is Erin Taylor, and I want to formally introduce myself as the new Field Director at AU. Since I started work in late January, it’s been a very busy and productive time (even with the snow storm interruption last week), and I am just now getting my feet under me and starting to move ahead. I’m very excited to be working at AU.
On November 13th the Naples Florida Chapter will be presenting the Annual Civic Award to Kathleen Curatolo. The Annual Civic Award Event will be held at the Royal Palm Golf & Country Club located at 405 Forest Hills Blvd. in Naples, Florida at 12:30pm.
On November 17th, the Houston Chapter will be hosting an evening with John Nichols at Congregation Emanu El on 1500 Sunset Blvd. Houston, Texas. The event will start at 7:30pm. John Nichols will be presenting on The Crumbling Wall: Religion in Today’s Presidential Politics.
Triad Chapter Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr. Richard Groves:
On October 27th the Triad (Winston-Salem, NC) Chapter hosted Dr. Richard Groves for his talk on the politically charged question “Is the United States a Christian nation?”
Here is some interesting background information about Dr. Richard Groves and Wake Forest Baptist Church: