•  Our Signature event brings together diverse ideas including high profile members of the community and our nation.  The audience is included as we listen, learn and educate one another.  

Evening of Civil Discourse Series

Richard Katskee


 May 17, 2018 Best Western Plus, El Paso

Richard B. Katskee is the legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, DC, where he litigates First Amendment cases on religious freedom, LGBT rights, and reproductive rights across the country.

In El Paso, Katskee shared AU’s involvement in high-stakes cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court that could rollback decades of progress in civil liberties. 

Pastor Mitch Randall


 May 4, 2017 Doubletree Hotel 

downtown El Paso

"Religious liberty must be extended to all, for if one person’s liberty is threatened, then every person’s liberty is threatened. Everyone should have the freedom to choose. ” ~ Pastor Mitch Randall
 Dr. Mitch Randall is the pastor of NorthHaven Church in  Norman, Oklahoma. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in Washington D.C. 

Rev. Barry Lynn


  May, 2016, Temple Mount Sinai - El Paso 

Rev. Barry Lynn is the distinguished executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In addition to his work as a long-time activist and civil liberties attorney, Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, offering him a unique perspective of church/state issues.
     An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Lynn appears frequently on radio and TV to offer expert analysis regarding First Amendment issues.

Katherine Stewart


 Saturday, September 26, 2015  -UTEP 

 A journalist who exposed the Religious Right’s efforts to infiltrate America’s public schools, and a Mississippi student who bravely challenged unlawful religious activity at her public high school, will be the guest speakers at “An Afternoon of Civil Discourse” a program of Join Us For Justice, the El Paso Chapter of Americans United.

Katherine Stewart is the author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, 

Ellery Schemmp


 FEB 2013 - UTEP

       Ellery Schemmp was a high school junior in Abington, Pennsylvania when  he questioned his school's mandatory prayer and bible reading  requirement. As a result, he was blackballed by the school district officials and his family became a target for hateful bullying. His  case went before the U.S. Supreme Court [Schempp v Adington Township  Pennsylvania, 1963]  The decision in his favor became a landmark victory  for separation of church and state. Schempp went on to enjoy a career  as a brilliant physicist. He speaks eloquently about his personal  experiences as a youth. Read about the case: www.au.org/church-state/may-2013-church-state/featured/ellerys-epic-exploit 

Rev. Sid Hall


 May 1, 2015 -EPCC 

An interfaith dialogue with

  * Reverend Sid Hall, Trinity United Methodist Austin, TX

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Rev. Ernesto Lopez-Escalera
Yehia Ibrahim, UTEP Muslim Organization Advisor
Dr. Ann Horak, UTEP Dept. of Religious Studies
Professor Leon Blevins, EPCC
Alexander  Bonnet, El Paso Atheists