We’re so excited! In the new March 2013 issue of Americans United’s Church & State Magazine, the Delaware Valley AU Chapter and our annual Church-State Issue Symposium are featured in the lead story! https://www.au.org/church-state/march-2013-church-state/featured/the-next-chapter
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DVAU’s Third Church-State Symposium, taking place at the National Constitution Center from 9 to 5 on Saturday April 20, 2013, is free and open to the public, please plan to attend. Program and details here: http://dvau.org/?p=2601
Below is a portion of the Church & State article featuring DVAU Chapter President Ed Joyce discussing how our chapter reaches out to educate the public about religious liberty!
Americans United now has 65 chapters in 34 states, and while its primary efforts on behalf of religious liberty and the First Amendment are coordinated by the national office in Washington, D.C., many local chapters perform critically important work in defense of the wall of separation between religion and government. They raise awareness of AU’s issues and lead opposition against government policies that threaten religious freedom.
Americans United’s chapters host multiple events throughout the year, and one of the most popular is the upcoming “Third Church/State Issues Symposium” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on April 20. The symposium, which is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter, will feature numerous notable speakers as part of a day-long conference.
Among them are AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn; Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee; AU Senior Litigation Counsel Gregory M. Lipper; Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and Sara Hutchinson, domestic programs director of Catholics for Choice in Washington, D.C. (For the complete program, visit https://au.org/del-valley-event.)
Ed Joyce, Delaware Valley Chapter president, told Church & State that he is looking forward to hearing from all the speakers and explained why this gathering is so needed.
“This event is important because AU has a mandate to keep the discussion of church-state separation relevant and lively and in front of the general public,” he said. “I believe that it’s equally important that this wisdom of church-state separation is handed down to successive generations, because if we are not vigilant the knowledge will be diluted, and eventually it will be lost.
“This is why we are making a concerted effort,” Joyce continued, “to advertise the event to the many colleges and universities in our area in order to attract as many college-age people as possible.”
The symposium had about 60 attendees last year, and Joyce expects 100 or more this year.
“This is certainly a must-attend event for anyone seriously interested in church-state separation issues,” he said.
Americans United Field Director Beth Corbin said she hopes the symposium will inspire other chapters to host similar conferences in the future.
“It is a great event, and one I’d like to see other chapters around the country duplicate,” she told Church & State.