• Maryland Chapter's Annual Meeting

    Annual AU Maryland Meeting

    12/01/2020

    8pm (Eastern)

    Online with Google Meet https://meet.google.com/rja-dexs-igv

    All Maryland AU members are invited to the annual meeting. We will review the past year, and discuss plans for 2021. Meeting will be on Google Meet. No account necessary.

    For more information, please email aumd.info@gmail.com or contact us via our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AUMaryland

  • Orange County, CA Chapter Event featuring Hans Johnson

    What The Election Means for the LGBTQ Community

    11/21/2020

    2:00 pm (Pacific)

    Zoom

    Hans Johnson leads nonprofit advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. In 2014, after building a diverse base of outspoken leaders throughout California, he won a multi-year campaign to pass the nation's first statewide ban on polluting, single-use plastic bags. For 25 years, he has integrated and meshed community-based and nationally supported campaigns, working closely with foundations, clergy, and interfaith, labor, LGBT, immigrant, civil-rights, reproductive justice, and environmental organizations, and socially responsible business for victories on ballot measures in more than half the states.

    His commentary appears on Huffington Post and daily op-ed pages around California and throughout the country. And do check out his recent piece in the Washington Blade: https://www.washingtonblade.com/2020/09/11/lgbtq-the-letters-republicans-didnt-utter/

    With increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals and institutions claiming a right to discriminate—by refusing to provide services to LGBT people and women—based on religious objections. The discrimination takes many forms, including the following:

    • Religiously affiliated schools firing women because they became pregnant while not married
    • Business owners refusing to provide insurance coverage for contraception for their employees
    • Graduate students, training to be social workers, refusing to counsel gay people
    • Pharmacies turning away women seeking to fill birth control prescriptions

    How do we think this will change in January 2021? Join us on Zoom to hear what Hans is expecting following the monumental 2020 election.

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  • Saint Louis Chapter Event featuring Rachel Laser & Richard Katskee

    The Saint Louis Chapter of AU presents

    A Post Election look at Church-State Issues

    featuring

    Rachel Laser, President & CEO of Americans United

    &

    Richard B. Katskee, Legal Director of Americans United

    Wednesday, November 18

    7pm Central

    On Zoom

    RSVP here for the link

  • Rabbi Merrill Shapiro presents "From Democracy to Theocracy: Following the Supreme Court's Yellow Brick Road"

    In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Supreme Court ruled that taxpayers can be forced to fund religious schools in states with private school voucher programs. In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the Supreme Court ruled that “ministerial exception” means teachers at private religious schools aren't protected from employment discrimination. The Supreme Court protected people in Louisiana who are seeking abortions, BUT in Trump v. Pennsylvania, the court allowed the Trump administration to issue exemptions to the Affordable Care Act, allowing employers and universities the right to use religion to deny their employees and students birth control insurance coverage. In Bostock v. Clayton County, the court affirmed that LGBTQ people are protected from workplace discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, but did not determine if discrimination that is motivated by an employer’s religious beliefs is still forbidden. The Supreme Court seems now designed to promote theocracy over democracy.  Is there hope? 

    MEET THE SPEAKER: Rabbi Merrill Shapiro is Immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is the founding President of the Atlantic Coast Florida Chapter of AU. Shapiro is past president of the Flagler County Democratic Club and the Flagler Area Ministerial Association. Currently he serves as President of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society. He is a friend and member of the First Coast Freethought Society and authors a column in their newsletter. Merrill currently resides with his wife, Robyn, in Palm Coast, Florida. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

    EVERYONE WELCOME

    This is a virtual event via Zoom. You can login to the meeting starting at 6:15.

    • Meeting ID: 886 8978 1454
    • Meeting Password: 703825
    • To phone in, call: 929-205-6099
  • Rochester Chapter presents "Equal Rights and Fighting for Church-State Separation During the Pandemic" featuring Dr. Monica Miller

    "Equal Rights and Fighting for Church-State Separation During the Pandemic"

    A Zoom event hosted by Americans United-Rochester, NY Chapter When: Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7 pm Eastern Time

    Dr. Monica Miller is the Legal Director and Senior Counsel at the American Humanist Association's Legal Center and Director of the Humanist Legal Society. Miller will be speaking to us from California.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Secular Humanists of Rochester. Use this link to register in advance for the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g0DDOGdaSxy7YJkqEfH4Ag

    Go to our website (www.aurochester.org) or email us at aurocny@gmail.com

  • Saint Louis Chapter Event featuring Dr. Kenneth Warren

    Church-State Pre-Election with Dr. Kenneth Warren, Pollster and Political Science Professor at St. Louis University

    Virtual event on Zoom St. Louis, Missouri 63017

    Americans United St. Louis Chapter invites you to Zoom. Sunday October 11, 202 @ 2:00 p.m. central. Church-State Pre Election with Kenneth Warren, noted pollster and Professor of Political Science at St. Louis University.

    For zoom link RSVP to pres@stlau.org

  • Orange County, CA Chapter's Online Meeting with guest speaker Dr. Rebecca Sager

    A Pre-Election Look at the Intersection of Religion and Politics
    Dr. Rebecca Sager

    Rebecca Sager is an associate professor in the Loyola Marymount Department of Sociology. She holds a doctorate and masters of Sociology from the University of Arizona. Her work looks at the intersection of religion, politics, and social movements. She has published a number of articles on this topic and her book, Faith, Politics, and Power: The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives (Oxford), looks at the role conservative evangelical movement actors played in promoting the faith-based initiative at the state level.

    Her project, "Are You Better Off Alone? Religious and Secular Partnerships in Social Service and Political Outreach" researches the partnerships between Catholic and secular groups in political organizing and social services. Despite an array of partnerships between Catholic and secular groups in political organizing and social services, there is still little understanding of how these partners actually feel or think about one another and how well these relationships work. Do religious activists like working with secular leaders or do they feel it is compromising their values? Do secular activists feel like they have to give up too much to work with religious leaders or that religion infuses too much of their work?

    Co-sponsored by Atheists United and Humanists Association of Orange County

    Get the Zoom link here or contact us.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org; 714-299-4551 - www.au-oc.org

  • Houston Chapter presents "The Remaking of the Courts (And Why You Should Care)"

    The Remaking of the Courts (And Why You Should Care)

    10/01/2020 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. CT

    Zoom

    Now that the president has named Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the Senate vows to waste no time in confirming her, the Trump administration's remaking of the courts is of even greater concern for supporters of religious freedom. The separation of religion and government is the linchpin of religious freedom for all, but President Trump and many of his judicial nominees have shown little respect for this fundamental American value.

    In "The Remaking of the Courts (and Why You Should Care)," the panel looks at how the changing courts could result in a government that permits religion to dictate public policy and authorizes discrimination against minorities. They also outline several cases involving church-state matters that could be impacted by these changes.

    We're showing a recording of this workshop, which was presented during Americans United's National Advocacy Summit two weeks ago. The panelists won't be available for live Q & A, but you'll be able to question and interact with AU Houston chapter leaders and others watching with us.

    This program is free, but you must RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrfuihpjgsGNG4Lp7lvAiWT08sY35tEguV to receive a confirmation email with instructions about accessing the event by Zoom.

    For more information, contact americansunited.houstonchapter@gmail.com or visit our website at auhouston.org.

  • South Jersey AU Network Zoom Meeting with Katherine Stewart

    Book Discussion with the South Jersey AU Lunch Group!

    With special guest

    Katherine Stewart discussing her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

    When & Where:

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020
    12:30 pm
    Virtual Meeting via Zoom
    RSVP for Zoom link

    Please RSVP to Gloria Andersen (856-784-1642)

    The South Jersey AU Lunch Discussion Group meets the third Tuesday of every month to discuss AU and enjoy lunch. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are currently meeting virtually over Zoom. On July 21, our meeting will be a friendly discussion of Katherine Stewart's new book and its examination of the role of religious nationalism in today's politics. Please feel free to join us even if you haven't read the book.

    To receive the Zoom link or more details about the South Jersey AU Network, please contact Gloria Andersen at amgovern@aol.com or by phone at 856-784-1642.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter's Online Meeting with guest speaker Tahil Sharma

    Tahil Sharma: Interfaith Literacy & Social Justice

    07/18/2020
    2:00 pm

    Online via Zoom

    Tahil Sharma is an interfaith activist based in Los Angeles who was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother. Following the Oak Creek, Wisconsin shooting of a Sikh temple in 2012, Tahil became involved in efforts for interfaith literacy and social justice and has been doing this work professionally for the past 6 years. Tahil is the Regional Coordinator for North America for the United Religions Initiative, the world's largest network of interfaith organizations dedicated to peace, justice, equity, and healing. Tahil also serves as one of three Interfaith Ministers in Residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and as the Los Angeles Coordinator for Sadhana: A Coalition of Progressive Hindus. Tahil also serves various organizations in different capacities to educate, engage, and serve various communities that promote interfaith cooperation and ethical pluralism and social and productive norms in society.

    For Zoom information, please email mail@au-oc.org.