Ever since Americans United was founded in 1947, our mission and vision has been informed by and sensitive to the perspectives of religious leaders and people of faith. Progressive people of faith must have a voice in the national dialogue on the separation of church and state. Where church and government intersect legislatively, politically and in the public square, it is essential that all voices, both religious and secular, be included in the discussion.

We are committed to reaching out and engaging people of faith and religious leaders who are concerned about the role of religion in our political and public lives. Please take the time to offer your insight and opinions. Download and use these materials in your local and faith communities.

If you are a faith leader and interested in securing religious freedom for all people while ensuring that religion not be used as a way to harm others, please join our Faith Leaders United network which has people from all religious backgrounds from all over the country!


Religious Bodies Which Support Church-State Separation

American Baptist Churches USA
Historically connected to securing religious liberty. Has statements and resolutions on the principle of separation of church and state, and against state mandated prayer.
Church of the Brethren
Has a long history of defending the public schools, religious liberty and the principle of church-state separation. Statements and resolutions have been adopted.
Episcopal Church in America
Resolutions in support of church-state separation have been adopted.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Statements on religious liberty, human rights, church-state relations and Lutheran perspectives on church-state have been written. Resolutions on Religious Freedom and the Constitution have been adopted.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Statements on School Prayer and religious freedom have been written. Public policy statements favor church-state separation.
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Historically supportive of the principle of church-state separation. Adopted a Resolution in support of church-state separation at 1999 General Assembly.
Mennonite Central Committee
Statements on school prayer have been written. Mennonites have been vocal in religious liberty issues.
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Has published policy statement in support of religious liberty: God Alone is Lord of the Conscience.
Seventh Day Adventists
Historically strong supporters of religious liberty and the principle of church-state separation.
Soka Gakkai International – USA
Statements regarding school prayer have been written. Strong proponents of church-state separations and religious liberty.
Union for Reform Judaism
Historically strong supporters of religious liberty and the principle of church-state separation. (Reform Judaism)
United Church of Christ
Has adopted a resolution which encourages the education of member congregations about the principle of church-state separation. Historically strong supporters of religious liberty and church-state separation.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Statements on religious liberty and several religious liberty resolutions have been adopted. Strong supporters of the principle of church-state separation.
United Methodist Church
Resoultions, study guides and statements in support of religious liberty and church-state separation have been written and adopted. Historically supportive of the principle of church-state separation.

Our Religious Outreach Coalition Partners

  • Alliance of Baptists
  • American Ethical Union
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • American Jewish Committee
  • American Jewish Council
  • The Association of United Pagans
  • Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty 
  • Catholics For a Free Choice
  • Catholics Speak Out
  • Christians for Justice Action (United Church of Christ)
  • Congress of National Black Churches
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Disciples Justice Action Network (Disciple of Christ)
  • Equal Partners in Faith
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • General Board of Church and Society (United Methodist Church)
  • Hindu American Foundation
  • Interfaith Alliance
  • Justice and Witness Ministry of the United Church of Christ
  • Lutheran Human Relations Association
  • Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • National Religious Leadership Roundtable
  • Office of Governmental Affairs for American Baptist Churches, USA
  • Progressive National Baptist Convention
  • Progressive Religious Partnership
  • Project Freedom of Religion Unitarian Universalist Association)
  • Protestant Justice Action
  • Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism
  • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Religious Affairs Office of the NAACP
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Church (various local districts)
  • Unitarian Universalist Association’s Washington Office for Faith in Action
  • Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
  • Washington Interfaith Staff Community
  • Washington Office of the Episcopal Church
  • Washington Office of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Washington Office of the United Church of Christ
  • WICCA (various local groups)
  • Witherspoon Society (Presbyterian Church (USA)