April 20: Church/State Issues Symposium in Philadelphia

dvau.org – AU’s Barry Lynn addresses the crowd at DVAU’s Second Church-State Issues Symposium in 2011. Lynn will return to Philadelphia for DVAU’s Third Symposium on April 20, 2013

The Delaware Valley chapter of American United for Separation of Church and State will be presenting its third annual Church/State Issues Symposium on April 20, 2013 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

This one-day event includes a diverse array of speakers — some atheistic, Catholic, Unitarian, Baptist — who will share their thoughts concerning religion and the separation of church and state.

Presentations include:

THE USE AND ABUSE OF RELIGION IN POLITICS AND THE 2012 ELECTIONS –
J. Brent Walker, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee, Washington, D.C.

THE PROPER ROLE FOR RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE –
Sara Hutchinson, Domestic Programs Director, Catholics for Choice, Washington, D.C.

CONTRACEPTION AND THE COURTS – Greg Lipper, Senior Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Washington, D.C.

GOD V. SEBELIUS: HOW THE SHIELD OF LIBERTY BECAME A SWORD – Rev. Nathan C. Walker, Columbia University and First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

THREE 800 POUND GORILLAS HAVE ATTACKED CHURCH/STATE SEPARATION –
Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church & State, Washington, D.C.

ABORTION, PERSONHOOD AND CHURCH-STATE SEPARATION –
Lloyd Steffen, Professor, Department of Religion Studies, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

THE CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER MOVEMENT: TAXPAYER-FUNDED PROSELYTIZATION? – Sofia Resnick, Investigative Reporter, The American Independent, Washington, D.C.

THE DECLINE OF THE REAGAN COALITION AND STRUGGLES OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM –
Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor, Political Science Department, University of Pennsylvania

ARE WE ALL REALLY MOSTLY RELIGIOUS? –
Bruce Ledewitz, Professor, Duquesne Law School, Pittsburg, PA

FREEDOM OF, FOR, AND FROM RELIGION –
Rev. Thomas Beers, Pastoral Partner, Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA

RECLAIMING THE FOUNDERS –
Michael Meyerson, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law and Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD

Find more information for this event — including speech abstracts and location details — on the Delaware Valley Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s website.