Rochester, NY Chapter Blog

Outgoing head of Americans United promises to pull no punches in upcoming talk

posted Oct 3, 2017, 7:23 AM by Linda Stephens

Executive Director Barry Lynn will be retiring at the end of this year after a remarkable 25 years of service to Americans United. It is our good fortune that Barry has agreed to return to Rochester in October to present his perspective on the state of church/state separation under the Trump administration.

In his talk, which is titled “The Trump Administration Really, Truly Hates Separation of Church and State,” Barry will point out all the ways the present administration has tried to thwart efforts to maintain the separation of church and state.

To celebrate Barry’s retirement, cake and coffee will be served after his talk, giving audience members the opportunity to thank him for his years of outstanding service to the organization, which for 70 years, has led the fight to maintain church/state separation.

This event sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of AU.

Date:      Monday, October 23, 2017

Place:      Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 
               (Ample parking in back of church.)

Time:      7 pm

Free and open to the public 

Notice of upcoming AU Chapter Board Meeting

posted Sep 28, 2017, 8:13 AM by Linda Stephens   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

Flower City Community Room at City Gate
395 Westfall Road
Rochester, 14620

Time: 7:15 pm
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mark your calendars! Exciting speaker coming to Rochester on June 13

posted May 18, 2017, 8:51 AM by Linda Stephens   [ updated May 18, 2017, 8:53 AM ]

On June 13, the AU Rochester Chapter is sponsoring a talk by Garrett Epps, who is a legal scholar, nonfiction author and novelist.  A graduate of Harvard University and Duke Law School, he teaches constitutional law, as well as fiction and nonfiction writing at the University of Baltimore School of Law and is the Supreme Court correspondent  for the "Atlantic. com."  He is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, and his journalism and criticism have been published in leading national newspapers and magazines.

As the author of such works as "To an Unknown God: Religious Freedom on Trial"; "Ten Right-Wing Myths About Our Constitution"; and "American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court", he brings an uniquely insightful and informed perspective to the understanding of issues regarding church-state separation.

In his upcoming talk, Epps will focus on how the "free exercise" of religion guaranteed in the Constitution became a freedom to discriminate.

When:        Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Where:        Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave, Brighton
Time:            7 pm            Admission:  Free and open to the public

Upcoming AU Rochester Board meeting

posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:48 AM by Linda Stephens

Monday, April, 3, 2017 at 7:15 pm at the  Universalist Church located at 150 S. Clinton, at the corner of Clinton and Court Streets.  There is a small parking lot for the church on Court Street directly behind the building.  

Next AU Rochester Board meeting

posted Mar 3, 2017, 10:52 AM by Linda Stephens

Monday, March 6 at 7:15 pm.  First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. South



Announcement of next AU Rochester Board Meeting

posted Jan 3, 2017, 10:31 AM by Linda Stephens

AU Rochester Board meeting: Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:15 pm at Brighton Library, 2300 Elwood Ave., Rochester.

Untitled Post

posted Dec 1, 2016, 6:25 AM by Linda Stephens

Next AU Rochester Board meeting: Monday, December 5, 7:15 pm.  First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd. South.

An Interfaith Dialogue on Church-State Separation

posted Oct 10, 2016, 7:33 AM by Linda Stephens

 The 2016 Presidential campaign has generated renewed interest in a little known provision in the U.S. tax code known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits certain tax-exempt organizations, including churches and other houses of worship, from endorsing and opposing political candidates.  The Republican candidate for President has promised his evangelical supporters that he will abolish this provision, should he be elected.  Is this a good or bad idea?  These local religious leaders will discuss this question and other church/state separation issues on October 17.  Please join us.





* Dr. Marvin McMickle, President of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

* Rev. Richard Gilbert, Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester


* Hamid Malik, Imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rochester


* Dr. Marvin Mich, Director of Advocacy at the Catholic Family Center of Rochester



When: Monday, October 17, 2016


Where: Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Ave, Brighton


Time: 7 PM


Admission: Free and open to the public



AU Announces Spring Speaker

posted Apr 7, 2016, 6:08 AM by Linda Stephens   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 6:13 AM ]

Jay D. Wexler, Boston University law professor and author of five books, including "Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars." will give a talk on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, at 7:30 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  No tickets are needed.  

The title of Wexler's talk is "This Land is Our Land Too: How non-Christians, including atheists and other freethinkers, are insisting on their right to participate in public life.

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