Events in this series are organized locally to share perspectives and create understanding among those with diverse opinions.
High profile keynote speakers join other panelists as we discuss current issues related to separation of church and state in our community and elsewhere.
Stay tuned for the upcoming event coming late Fall, 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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