• Nashville Chapter's 20th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

    Nashville AU’s Virtual 20th Anniversary

    May 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM CT

    REGISTER HERE

    Invited guests
    – Founding Members
    – Rob Boston, AU’s Senior Adviser and Editor of Church & State magazine, AU’s award winning publication. The magazine, in print, or online format, is available to paid up members of AU.
    – YOU!

    Rob, who has worked at Americans United since 1987, is the author of four books: Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics (Prometheus Books, 2000); The Most Dangerous Man in America? Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition (Prometheus Books, 1996); Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State (Prometheus Books, 1993; second edition, 2003) and, most recently, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do (Prometheus Books, 2014).

    Please have your beverage of choice ready and join us in toasting this auspicious occasion.

    Contact info@nashville-au.org for more information

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  • Triad NC Chapter presents Dr. Bill Leonard speaking on "White Religious Nationalism”

    The Triad Chapter invites you to a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Bill Leonard on

    "White Religious Nationalism”

    Did the Trump presidency fuel a resurgence of white racism that has been a part of our nation since the first slaves arrived on our shores? What role does religious ideology play in this new rise of white nationalism? These are extremely important questions we need to address as we struggle to be a more perfect nation.

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021
    7:00 PM Eastern

    Zoom Link

    Dr. Bill Leonard is the founding dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School. Dr. Leonard received his B.A degree from Texas Wesleyan College, the Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Ph.D. at Boston University. He also did post doctoral research at Yale University.

    Dr. Leonard is a national authority of American Church History and is the author or editor of 25 books. He is also a member of First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue.

    All persons are invited to attend and also join the discussion period. For more info and to get updates from the chapter, please contact aunctriad@gmail.com.

  • Atlantic Coast Chapter hosts guest speaker Dr. Sarah Butzin


    Dr. Sarah (Sally) Butzin, President, League of Women Voters of Tallahassee and lead author of the controversial “Step Up for Students-Preliminary Investigative Report” will be the guest speaker at a Zoom meeting of the Atlantic Coast (Florida) Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Thursday, April 22nd at 7 p.m. The report highlights Step Up for Students (StepUpForStudents.org), a SFO (Scholarship Funding Organization) that awards and manages tax credit scholarships for the state of Florida using hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fund scholarships to private, mostly religious, schools.

    Zoom link information is available on request from atlanticcoastau@gmail.com.  All are welcome, there is no charge for this event.  For additional information contact the Atlantic Coast Chapter of AU at 804-914-4460.

     

  • South Jersey AU Network Zoom Meeting with AU's Samantha Sokol

    April 20th,2021 at 12:30 pm, Samantha Sokol, Public Policy Advocate at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will be speaking virtually about PPP. Through the use of logic, law and statistics she makes a great case for taking care that the Wall of Separation be maintained. If you would like a link to the presentation please e-mail Gloria Andersen amgovern@aol.com.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter presents Rachel Laser on "The Fight for Religious Liberty for All"

    Rachel Laser photo

    Rachel Laser, AU President & CEO

    Americans United: The Center of the Fight for Religious Liberty for All

    Saturday, April 17th at 2:00 pm Pacific
    Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95762913990?pwd=YlJncmFiV0EyOFF1cWErWnlNQ09iQT09
    Meeting ID: 957 6291 3990 - Passcode: 191966

    Rachel Laser is the President and CEO of our national organization. She is a lawyer, advocate and strategist who has dedicated her career to making our country more inclusive and has a proven track record of uniting both faith and secular leaders and advocacy organizations to make tangible progress on some of the most important issues of our time. No one understands the work of Americans United better from the legal perspective to the policy perspective.

    Rachel will join us and discuss what the organization is doing on a variety of fronts with particular emphasis on the organization’s approach to working with the Biden administration. She will also provide us with updates on the Do No Harm Act, racial equity and religious freedom, public schools and the courts.

    For more info: email mail@au-oc.org or visit website www.au-oc.org

  • Triad NC Chapter presents Dr. Truman Dunn


    Dr. Truman Dunn presents
    "Talking Across the Fence: Re-thinking the Wall of Separation of Church and State"

    03/23/2021
    7:00PM Eastern

    Zoom Call
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86504370696

    The primary mission of Americans United for more than 70 years has been, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “to build a wall of separation between Church and State.” Dr. Dunn would like to challenge us to re-think this mission of building a wall of separation. He will have us look again at the nearly 400 years of efforts to build the wall, including both gains and losses along the way.

    Might a look at where we are today in building the wall of separation lead us to consider a more appropriate metaphor and goal? Perhaps a fence- rather than a wall. A fence- rather than a wall- makes it much easier to talk across the barriers that divide us.

    Drawing on his years of work with Interfaith Winston-Salem, Compassionate Winston-Salem, Braver Angels and Living Room Conversations...all groups seeking to build bridges of understanding rather than walls...Truman will invite us to consider talking across the fence to those who are most opposed to the wall of separation. Does talking to the “opposition,” even the most fundamentalist religious zealots, have a place in fulfilling the mission of Americans United?

    Please contact aunctriad@gmail.com with any questions.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter presents: How to Access the “End of Life Option Act” … and Richard’s Story

    How to Access the “End of Life Option Act” … and Richard’s Story

    with guest presenters

    Susan Johnston and Steph Campbell

    03/20/2021
    2:00 pm

    Zoom
    Meeting ID: 929 5192 4138
    Passcode: 704631

    The presentation will describe the process of how to utilize the law to obtain Medical Aid in Dying in California and will include the story of Rich Gillock (former AU OC member) who used the medication in March 2020. We will also cover the plans for reauthorization and changes to the law. The purpose of the law is to allow those with a terminal illness the choice to have a peaceful death at home with loved ones, to have their pain and discomfort managed, and to have their spiritual needs and values respected.

    This discussion will also provide information on attempts by religious groups to derail the legislation as well as how religious groups attempt to prevent individuals from utilizing the law.

    Susan earned her BA, Masters, and Ed.D degrees from UCLA, and serves as a Compassion and Choices Orange County Co-Action Team Leader with Steph. Their outreach efforts include conducting community presentations on the California End of Life Option Act. Susan and Steph are both committed to helping to establish the normalization of medical aid in dying as an acceptable option for terminally ill patients in California. Steph Campbell is also president of the Orange County Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org or visit www.au-oc.org.

  • "Religious Liberty: A Sword or a Shield?" feat. Dr. Neal Jones

    ​The Houston, Nashville and Rochester chapters of Americans United for Separation of Church and State invite you to

    Religious Liberty: A Sword or a Shield?

    featuring

    Dr. Neal Jones
    Chair, Americans United Board of Trustees

    No one’s religion should be used to harm others, yet religion is often used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, non-believers and others. Dr. Jones will discuss how religious extremists are asking state legislatures, Congress and the courts to legalize their bigotry. He'll suggest how we can stand up to those who would harm others in the name of religion.

    Dr. Jones is the chair of AU's National Board of Trustees. He's been a plaintiff in two AU lawsuits: to prevent South Carolina from issuing state-sponsored Christian license plates and to end the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy barring nontheists from offering invocations to open House sessions. Jones is a psychologist and a Unitarian Universalist minister who has worked in clinical settings and served congregations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

    Monday, March 15, 2021
    7:00 p.m. CST/8:00 p.m. EST via Zoom

    Register to receive instructions on how to watch this event live and to receive a link to watch the recording after the program

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  • Triad NC Chapter presents "Mis/disinformation: What it is, why we believe it, and how we can do better"

     

    Mis/disinformation: What it is, why we believe it, and how we can do better

    02/25/2021
    7:00PM Eastern

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83290228050?pwd=SDJoeW9aMEtEcXVuVWNtOGV3REdrdz09  

    Hu Womack and Roz Tedford will present on mis/disinformation. Their presentation covers: -What mis/disinformation is and how it works: Who uses it, what are the mechanics of it, how it is a system. -Why we believe it: How the human brain is wired to be susceptible to mis/disinformation, cognitive biases, logical fallacies, etc. -How we can be better: Ways we can change our own habits to be better consumers of information.

    Hu and Roz teach for-credit classes on social science research and mis/disinformation and together they have taught lifelong learning courses and many workshops on mis/disinformation on campus and across the community.

    Hu Womack is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a BA in English and Studio Art. Hu received his MBA from the Babcock School at Wake Forest in 2000 and completed his MLIS degree from UNC-Greensboro in 2008. He currently serves as a member of Research, Instruction Services team, teaching for-credit courses in the library's information literacy program, and serving as the library liaison to the Sociology and Communication departments.

    Rosalind has her BA (Psychology/English) and her MA (English) from Wake Forest University and her MLIS from UNC-Greensboro. She has been a full-time staff member at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library since 1994 and currently serves as the Director for Research and Instruction Services. In addition to managing the research and instruction programs at Wake Forest she teaches for-credit information literacy courses and is the liaison to the Politics and international Affairs department.

    Please contact aunctriad@gmail.com for more information.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter's Online Event with guest speaker Eddie Tabash

    Eddie Tabash speaking on the US Supreme Court
    Can We Salvage Church/State Separation at All?

    Saturday, February 20, 2021
    2:00 pm Pacific

    On Zoom

    Eddie Tabash is a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1994. He is chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiry. He is known for his expertise regarding with the religion clauses of the Constitution. He has authored numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court urging the Court to treat believers and nonbelievers equally. He is also one of the more well-known atheist debaters in the United States.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org or visit our website at www.au-oc.org