• Orange County Chapter presents guest speaker The Rev. Nancy Brink

    Progressive Christianity and the Separation of Church and State

    Rev. Nancy Brink, Trustee and Director of Church Relations at Chapman University

    1:45pm - 8/18/2018

    Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue Irvine, CA 92618

    There has been a powerful strand of progressive thought that has emerged directly from the culture wars over science and the social gospel movement. These reformers argued that Christians should apply the teachings of scripture to public problems. For example, Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. pushed for values of religious activism leading to the civil rights movement. American progressive history would not have been possible without the inspirational values and moral authority of the socially conscious progressive movement. Progressive Christians have been a consistent support for the separation of church and state. Progressives today come in many stripes, and nonbelievers and believers alike have managed to find common ground on key areas from climate change and poverty to war and social policy. This discussion will explore the religious roots of progressivism and provide a basis for a discussion about the role of faith in progressive politics and how they support and are supported by the separation of church and state.

    Contact us by email at mail@au-oc.org or visit our website at www.au-oc.org

  • Jeff Ayers speaking, Upstate South Carolina Chapter

    Jeff Ayers, Executive Director of SC Equality

    1:30 PM-3:30 PM - 8/18/2018

    Coffee Underground 1 Coffee St Greenville, SC 29601

    Jeff Ayers will talk about what SC Equality is doing in South Carolina to support LBGTQ Rights. Hope you can attend.

    Rick Hahnenberg@ auupstatesc77@gmail.com or call 864-909-2321

  • Georgia Chapter President, Jeffrey Selman, speaking to Indivisible Columbus Georgia

    August 5, 2018, at 3:00 pm Columbus Main Library Auditorium 3000 Macon Rd Columbus, GA 31906

    Jeffrey Selman, Co-president of the Georgia chapter of Americans United, will be speaking at an event sponsored by Indivisible Columbus Georgia.

    Jeffrey will be sharing his journey as a successful plaintiff in two cases in Cobb County, Georgia, involving separation of church and state.  

    Jeffrey was born in the Bronx, NYC.  He worked for the US government in the “War on Poverty” as a VISTA with the Navajo.  He earned a BA in History from Lehman College.  He was both an elementary and a high school teacher.  He switched careers later, becoming a COBOL programmer which brought him to Georgia.  Here he met his wife and started a family.  His son’s attendance in Cobb County public schools opened his eyes to the unconstitutional actions taking place there and in the local government.  These events set him on a path toward protecting true freedom of belief that lets all people follow their own heart without inappropriate governmental intrusion.

    In 2015, he published a book titled God Sent Me: A Textbook Case on Evolution vs. Creation. His goal was to inspire others to work toward protecting separation of church and state and valid science education.

    Mr. Selman is affiliated with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and The National Center for Science Education.  He was a former Advisory Board member of Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education.

    A favorite quote of Mr. Selman made during the long drawn-out court cases: “Look, this isn’t what I want to do with my life.  I want to plant trees in the backyard.  I want to take my kid hiking.  But there’s no way I’m dropping this.  This is my life.  Without freedom, we’ve got nothing.”

    Jeffrey Selman is a member of Americans United's Speakers Bureau.

  • DVAU/Center City Philly Church & State Discussion Group, 3rd Tuesdays

    DVAU/Center City Philly Church & State Discussion Group, 3rd Tuesdays

    7:00pm - 7/17/2018

    William Way LGBT Community Center, Community Room, 2nd floor 1315 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA, 19107

    DVAU/Center City Philly Church & State Discussion Group meets at 7pm on 3rd Tuesdays in the fabulous Gayborhood! Join us for our monthly Center City Philadelphia discussion group, meeting in the Community Room, 2nd floor, of the William Way LGBT Community Center at 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107. The Center City Philadelphia discussion group meets on third Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Discussion topics range from issues covered in Americans United’s Church & State Magazine, to news stories in the local media, and more. You can RSVP and get more details on DVAU’s Meetup group, http://www.meetup.com/churchandstate-48/ The monthly Center City Philadelphia meetings are also listed on DVAU’s Facebook Events tab, but Facebook RSVPs are not counted: https://www.facebook.com/delvalau/events

    Email president@dvau,.org for more information.

  • DVAU/Cherry Hill Lunch Church & State Discussion Group, 3rd Tuesdays

    DVAU/Cherry Hill Lunch Church & State Discussion Group, 3rd Tuesdays

    12:00pm - 7/17/2018

    Sakura Spring restaurant 1871 Marlton Pike East Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003

    DVAU/Cherry Hill Lunch Church & State Discussion Group Join us for our monthly South Jersey lunch, please RSVP! Sakura Spring, 1871 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ Meet with DVAU members for lunch on the third Tuesday each month at 12 noon at Sakura Spring in Cherry Hill NJ! Join our daytime discussion group in South Jersey, led by longtime DVAU member Marion Steininger. Sakura Spring Asian Cuisine is on Route 70 East. Heading east from 295, it’s just past the old Syms store in the very next little shopping area – the very next entry. http://www.sakuraspring.com/ The Cherry Hill lunchtime discussion group meets from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Meeting attendees are not obligated to buy lunch, but you may want to, as lunch specials are between $8-$10 for Chinese food and $13-$15 for sushi, and the food is delicious. RSVPs are preferred but not required; email vice@dvau.org to be put in touch with Marion and the group. Discussion topics range from issues covered in Americans United’s Church & State Magazine, to news stories in the local media, and more. We occasionally have a speaker who gives a talk during the lunch. You can RSVP and get more details on DVAU’s Meetup group, http://www.meetup.com/churchandstate-48/ The monthly South Jersey lunches are also listed on DVAU’s Facebook Events tab: https://www.facebook.com/delvalau/events

    Email president@dvau.org for more information.

  • DVAU/Northeast Philly Church & State Discussion Group, 2nd Wednesdays

    DVAU/Northeast Philly Church & State Discussion Group, 2nd Wednesdays

    7:00pm - 7/11/2018

    Member's Home *private* Philadelphia, PA, 19114

    DVAU/Northeast Philly Church & State Discussion Group meets at 7pm on 2nd Wednesdays in Northeast Philadelphia PA Join us for our monthly Northeast Philadelphia discussion group, please RSVP on our Meetup group to get the address in zip code 19114! https://www.meetup.com/churchandstate-48/ Meeting held in private home of Hope S, a DVAU member. Street parking on Andover Road near Brookdale Road. Enter home through garage. The Northeast Philadelphia discussion group meets on second Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Discussion topics range from issues covered in Americans United’s Church & State Magazine, to news stories in the local media, and more. You can RSVP and get more details on DVAU’s Meetup group, http://www.meetup.com/churchandstate-48/ The monthly Northeast Philadelphia meetings are also listed on DVAU’s Facebook Events tab, but Facebook RSVPs are not counted: https://www.facebook.com/delvalau/events

    Email president@dvau,.org for information

  • Rabbi Shapiro speaks about church/state separation issues in the Jacksonville area

    Rabbi Shapiro speaks about church/state separation issues in the Jacksonville area

    6:30 pm - 6/18/2018

    Buckman Bridge UU Church 8447 Manresa Ave. JACKSONVILLE, FL 32244

    Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, Trustee and Immediate Past President, National Board of Trustees, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is the guest speaker for the First Coast Freethought Society. Event is free and all are invited.

    For map click: http://firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.org/cms/lib/fcfs_bbuuc_map.gif

  • Orange County Chapter presents guest speaker Professor Phil Zuckerman

    The Orange County Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will be presenting Professor Phil Zuckerman on “The Nonreligious in Today’s America.”  Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. His most recent book is The Nonreligious (Oxford, 2016). The meeting is on June 16th and starts at 1:45 pm with the doors opening at 1:15 pm for socializing and snacks.  The meeting is held at the Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine 92618.  

    For more information visit the web site at www.au-oc.org  call 714-299-4551 or email mail@au-oc.org.  The event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Plenty of free parking. All are welcome to attend! Please join us for this discussion. Seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.  

    Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the District’s meeting rooms that are made available as a public service.

  • Orange County Chapter presents guest speaker Professor Kathleen Treseder

    The Orange County Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will be presenting Professor Kathleen Treseder on “Climate Change & What It Has To Do With Separation of Church and State.”  Professor Treseder holds the Ayala Chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. The meeting is on May 19th and starts at 1:45 pm with the doors opening at 1:15 pm for socializing and snacks. The meeting is held at the Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine 92618.  

    For more information visit the web site at www.au-oc.org  call 714-299-4551 or email mail@au-oc.org.  The event is FREE and OPEN to the public. Plenty of free parking. All are welcome to attend! Please join us for this discussion. Seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.  

    Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause nor activities of organizations which use the District’s meeting rooms that are made available as a public service.

  • El Paso Chapter presents an Evening of Civil Discourse with Richard Katskee and Susan Cooper

    An Evening of Civil Discourse: The Rights of Women, LGBTQ People and Religious Minorities under Trump and Abbott

    In the hands of the federal and state administrations, religion has served as a justification for policies that undermine women’s reproductive autonomy and violate the human and civil rights of sexual and religious minorities.  Join leaders of the League of Women Voters, Join Us For Justice, and Equality Texas, to learn about how civil rights coalitions of religious and secular organizations are resisting such discriminatory policies, and to learn about how you can help our fight to expand civil rights protections for all.

    What: Panel discussion: Religion and the Rights of Women and Sexual Minorities under Trump and Abbott.

    Who: Susan Cooper, League of Women Voters, and Richard B. Katskee, Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

    When: May 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

    Where: Best Western Hotel (Airway)

    Richard B. Katskee is a law scholar and the legal director of AU.  As such, he has litigated First Amendment cases in both federal and state courts.  He will be sharing AU’s involvement in high-stakes cases currently before the Supreme Court that could rollback decades of progress in civil liberties.

    Susan Cooper has been the president of the El Paso league of Women Voters for ___ years.  She will be speaking about the League’s state-wide efforts to increase voter participation and to educate the Texas electorate about threats to women’s reproductive rights and the rights of LGBTQ people.

    Co-sponsored by Join Us For Justice (the local chapter of American United for Separation of Church and State), El Paso's League of Women Voters, and Equality Texas.