Editor’s Note: The year 2021 was full of ups and downs – for the country, and for church-state separation. As the year draws to a close, we're looking back at the top 10 church-state stories, how Americans United rose to the challenge to defend religious freedom and what’s on the horizon for 2022.

From worrisome Supreme Court cases to rampaging white Christian nationalists to a seemingly unending pandemic being helped along by religious extremists, 2021 felt bleak at times. But as we’ve noted on this blog over the past few weeks, there have been uplifting moments as well – from the reintroduction of the Do No Harm Act in Congress to efforts by the Biden-Harris administration to right the wrongs of the Trump days.

While Americans United is working overtime to combat the problems we face today, we’re also laying the groundwork to ensure church-state separation remains a valued principle long into the future – complete with a community of committed supporters to defend it. The year 2022 marks the 75th anniversary of Americans United, and we’re preparing to honor the past while planning for the future. Here are some of the initiatives we’ve been working on that you can anticipate next year:

  • We completed a new round of thorough public opinion research and message-testing in the last year, and you’ll be seeing more of the fruits of that labor very soon.
  • We’ll be sponsoring the new Summit for Religious Freedom (SRF), a virtual, collaborative conference aimed at unifying a diverse community around the understanding that so many issues – from reproductive freedom and LGBTQ rights to a strong democracy and public school system – intersect with and depend on a strong separation between church and state. Stay tuned for more information, including the announcement of new dates.
  • We’re continuing our efforts to build networks of youth leaders and faith voices, among other supporters, to be passionate advocates for church-state separation.

And we have a few more plans in the works, too. Join us to be part of the movement to secure freedom without favor and equality without exception for all.

P.S. “The Wall of Separation” will be on hiatus until Jan. 4. Happy Holidays and happy new year to all who celebrate!