March 2023 Church & State Magazine - March 2023

AU Announces Opening Of Expanded 2023 Contest For Students


Submissions will be accepted for Americans United’s annual Student Contest through May 8, 2023.

The contest is open to high school and college students and accepts essay and video submissions. This year, students are invited to respond to the following prompt: What is your vision for church-state separation? What would happen if we secured separation of church and state in the United States, and all people were able to live as themselves and believe as they choose? 

Students who wish to enter should keep in mind the following:

  • The contest is open to high school students and undergraduate students attending any 2- or 4-year college or university, including trade and technical schools. Students must live in the United States including the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. 
  • The strongest submissions will weave together personal experience/perspective and well-researched information.
  • Submissions might describe what your future (or the future of people you care about) might hold, or what your communities would look and feel like — including your family, school or neighborhood. 
  • Submissions can include researched factual information, personal narrative or a combination; they may also be fictional. 
  • Submissions can reference historical events, legal cases, U.S. history, primary sources, personal experience and other sources.
  • Creativity is encouraged!
  • Submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, on Monday, May 8. Students who submit winning essays and videos — with separate prize categories for high school and college students — will win between $500-$1,500. Winners also have the chance to be published in Church & State and online at 

For more information about the contest, visit:

young teenager sits at desk on the computer with a camera recording them

Get creative! AU Student Contest now has video component (Getty Images)


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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