• Central Savannah River & Houston chapters present "Should Religious Gatherings Be Exempt from Public Health Restrictions?"

    Listen to an infectious disease specialist, a medical ethicist, a clergy member and a legal expert discuss public heath restrictions state and municipal governments mandated during the COVID-19 pandemic & whether religious organizations should be exempted from such restrictions.

    Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7 pm EST/ 6 pm CST.

    RSVP

    Sponsors: Central Savannah River Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Houston Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

    More info at: https://amunitedcsra.wordpress.com/2021/12/16/should-religious-practices-be-exempt-from-public-health-restrictions-on-gatherings-jan-20-7-pm/

  • Orange County, CA Chapter Screening of "Call Me Kuchu"

    Screening of "Call Me Kuchu"

    01/15/2022
    2:00 pm PT

    Via Zoom

    In Uganda, a bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.

    Call Me Kuchu is a 2012 American documentary film directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright. The film explores the struggles of the LGBTQ community in Uganda, focusing in part on the 2011 murder of LGBTQ activist David Kato.

    The film received the 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary and was the recipient of the Teddy Award for best LGBTQ documentary.

    Please join us for this interesting film and a discussion following the film.

    For more info: Meetupmail@au-oc.org; 714-299-4551

  • St. Louis Chapter Virtual Event ft. Randall Balmer "Why Racism, Not Abortion, Birthed the Religious Right"

    "Why Racism, Not Abortion, Birthed the Religious Right"

    You may have seen work by Randall Balmer, a historian at Dartmouth, in Church and State, or seen him interviewed on PBS, and he had an op-ed, “The Religious Right and the Abortion Myth”, in the October 7 St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    He is author of a new book, “Bad Faith and the Religious Right” (Erdmann’s, 2021).

    We will be pleased to have him as our Zoom guest for a short talk, “Why Racism, Not Abortion, Birthed the Religious Right”, and a question/answer session on Thursday, November 4, at 7:00 pm CDT.

    Please join us!

    Sign up here for the Zoom link.

    For more info about the St. Louis Chapter visit our website.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter presents "LGBTQ Rights & Ethnic Studies in the Schools"

    LGBTQ Rights & Ethnic Studies in the Schools

    with guest speaker

    Allyson Damikolas, TUSD

    10/16/2021
    2:00 pm PT

    Zoom

    Growing up in a Latino family in West Covina, Allyson credits certain teachers and administrators with helping her discover and develop her aptitude for math and science, which inspired her to go to Cal Poly Pomona where she earned a degree in chemical engineering.

    Assuming her position on the school board amid a pandemic helped shape Allyson’s priorities. Not only has she focused on improving student performance and graduation rates, while strengthening sports, music, and technical education programs, she was a leading proponent for increased nursing staff and expanded access to food, dental services, and mental health support.

    A mother of three, including children with special needs, Allyson deferred her career as an environmental engineer to devote herself full time as a mother, advocate, and community volunteer. Allyson was previously active in leadership and civic affairs, having served as PTO President at Columbus Tustin Middle School and Beckman High School, on the Special Ed Community Advisory Board, and on the board of the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org; www.au-oc.org

  • Maryland Chapter Tabling at Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Festival -- Volunteers Wanted!

    The AU Maryland Chapter will have a table at

    Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Festival
    Saturday, October 9
    2pm – 6pm

    Concord Point Lighthouse
    700 Concord Street
    Havre de Grace, MD 21078

    We need a few volunteers to talk to people and distribute brochures.

    Sign up here to volunteer!

    We will be in booth # 48 (see https://ucbpride.com/). If you can't volunteer, please stop by the booth and say "hello!"

  • Maryland Chapter Monthly Meeting

    AU Maryland Chapter Monthly Virtual Meeting

    10/5/2021 8:00pm Eastern

    This is our monthly meeting, where we discuss the latest news in church-state separation and plan our events. We're an all volunteer led group dedicated to preserving the separation between religion and government. Join us for the meeting and become a volunteer too!

    Sign Up Here for the Meeting Link!

  • Orange County, CA Chapter Event featuring Phil Zuckerman speaking on "What It Means To Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life"

    AU-OC Presents: Professor Phil Zuckerman

    What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life

    09/18/2021
    2:00 pm PT

    Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is also a regular affiliated professor at Claremont Graduate University, and he has been a guest professor for two years at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

    Phil Zuckerman is a prolific author including “Living the Secular Life” and “What it Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life.” About Phil, David Brooks of the NY Times wrote ““As secularism becomes more prominent and self-confident, its spokesmen have more insistently argued that secularism should not be seen as an absence — as a lack of faith — but rather as a positive moral creed. Phil Zuckerman, a Pitzer College sociologist, makes this case as fluidly and pleasurably as anybody in his book, Living the Secular Life.”

    In 2011, Phil founded the first Secular Studies department in the nation. Secular Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on manifestations of the secular in societies and cultures, past and present. Secular Studies entails the study of non-religious people, groups, thought, and cultural expressions. Emphasis is placed upon the meanings, forms, relevance, and impact of political/constitutional secularism, philosophical skepticism, and personal and public secularity.

    Zoom Info: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89059045130?pwd=RVd5Y1IzVW1aQ2UySjg4S2pJQUdPQT09

    For more info visit www.au-oc.org or contact mail@au-oc.org.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter presents "Evolution in the Public Schools: Progress is Possible"

    Evolution in the Public Schools: Progress is Possible

    With guest speaker:

    Glenn Branch
    Deputy Director, NCSE

    Saturday, August 21, 2021
    2:00 pm Pacific Time
    Zoom

    Ever since the Scopes trial of 1925, the public has been fascinated by tales of creationism and evolution in the public schools. But what is in fact taught about evolution in the public schools these days? In his talk, Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education will discuss the results of a recent representative national survey of American public high school biology teachers and middle school science teachers. Among the important findings: while only a bare majority of high school biology teachers presented evolution as the scientific consensus in 2007, about two thirds of them did so in 2019. So, progress is possible!

    Glenn Branch is deputy director of the National Center for Science Education (www.ncse.ngo), a non-profit organization that supports and defends the teaching of evolution and climate change. He received the Evolution Education Award for 2020 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org; www.au-oc.org; 714-299-4551

  • Orange County, CA Chapter presents "Confronting Christian Nationalism"

    Confronting Christian Nationalism
    Facilitated by Rev. Nancy Brink

    07/17/2021
    2:00 pm PT

    Zoom

    Panel discussion from the Baptist Joint Committee

    This webinar is an exploration of how we are identifying and responding to the dangers of Christian nationalism in the wake of the January 6th insurrection. The panelists are The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church; The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Dr. Andrew L. Whitehead, Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org; 714-299-4551; www.au-oc.org

  • South Jersey AU Network Zoom Meeting

    Summer 2021 Court Decisions

    07/13/2021
    7:00 PM Eastern Time

    Please send an e-mail to Gloria at amgovern@aol.com for the Zoom link.

    This is an organizational meeting coupled with a discussion.