AU Summer Series For Seminarians 2021

This virtual education series is designed for seminarians to gain a deeper understanding of religious freedom and church-state separation. Please join us in four individual training sessions that focus on the historical, legal, and practical ways to engage in advocacy work on religious freedom issues!

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Course Schedule

June 8th: Understanding Religious Freedom: Embracing the Many Voices

The First Amendment guarantees the right to the freedom of religion to every person. This is a dialogue for participants to understand religious freedom via the experiences of racial and religious minority communities involved in advocacy work. Click here to view the recording!


  • Rachel Laser, President and CEO, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Charles Watson, Jr., Director of Education, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC)
  • Kiran Kaur Gill, Executive Director, SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund)

June 15th: What’s At Stake for Church-State Separation?

With the rise of religious nationalism in America’s judicial and political systems, the stakes are high for church-state separation. AU’s Vice President of Public Policy will help us understand the current state of play at the state and national level. Click here to register!

Speaker: Maggie Garrett, Vice President of Public Policy, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 22nd: Religious Freedom Violations - What Are They? How To Report Them?

Learn about identifying religious freedom violations and one way you can help resolve them - reaching out to AU’s legal team. Click here to register!

Speaker: Ian Smith, Staff Attorney, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

June 29th: Next Steps: Become an Advocate!

Bring together everything you’ve learned in AU’s Summer Series for Seminarians to take action. In this webinar, we will explore how small actions can lead to big change and share tools and tips for high-impact advocacy. Click here to register!

Speaker: Sarah Gillooly, Vice President of Outreach and Engagement, Americans United for Separation of Church and State


To view the course schedule and recordings from AU's 2020 Summer Series, click here.