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San Antonio AU Hosts Rev. Barry Lynn

On Wednesday, February 25, the San Antonio chapter hosted AU Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn. Barry spoke on “Separation Anxiety: the First Amendment at Risk.” As both an ordained minister and constitution lawyer, Lynn often jokes that he can forgive misgivings tonight, and then file a lawsuit against you tomorrow!

Following his presentation, Barry took questions from the audience and also let them know he has a new book coming out later in the year!

The event took place at First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Antoni

Columbia (SC) AU Hosts Discussion on Church-State Separation

What are the big questions facing separation of church and state in Columbia and South Carolina? Chapter leaders and community members met at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia on Sunday, February 8, to discuss this challenging question. The state is facing issues around expanding SC tax credits for private schools, and prayer in public schools.   

Everyone agreed there is much work to be done.

Triad (NC) AU Hosts Lively Discussion on Sharia Law

At their January 27 event, the Triad AU Chapter hosted a panel discussion titled "Sharia law and its significance for North Carolina's Islamic community." Panel members included Imam Khalid Griggs, Wake Forest University Professor Darlene May, former State Senator Larry Shaw, and Triad Chapter Board member Fleming El-Amin.

Triad (NC) AU Hosts Discussion on "Reclaiming December"

"Reclaiming December" will be the topic presented by panelists Paul McCraw, Fleming El-Amin, Wilda Spalding, and Barry Geller at the Triad AU Chapter event on Tuesday, December 16, at the Polo Recreation Center, from 7:00-8:30 PM.

During the weeks following Thanksgiving, the commercial exploitation of Christmas is relentless and inescapable.  Many Americans, including Christians, end up feeling disrespected, and our rich cultural heritage gets lost amidst a plethora of Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, and midnight bargains.  

Coast-to-Coast AU Chapters Party With a Purpose

Orange County (CA) AU is holding its annual meeting on Saturday, December 13th to elect new officers and plan for 2015. But that's not all! This is also their Appetizer & Dessert Potluck -- so bring your favorite snack food!

The event takes place at Irvine Ranch Water District* Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave., in Irvine. The doors open at 1:00 PM for socializing, so don't miss it.

Orange County (CA) AU Presents Jere Lipps On The Intersection Of Religion And Science

The Orange County chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State November 8th  event will present Jere Lipps, a geologist, paleontologist and marine biologist who has studied the evolution and paleo-biology of marine organisms for decades.  He will address the politics of climate change, which is yet another place where some would like public policy to be based on religious beliefs rather than science.