First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia Service and Sermon: "Bible in Public Schools: 50 Years Later"
Time: February 24, 2013 from 11am to 12:30pm
Location: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19103
Website or Map: http://www.philauu.org
Join First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia for this service, focused on the trial of the Abington School District v. Schempp. The case is a landmark in the history of the separation of the church and state in the US. In 1956, Ellery Schempp staged a protest against a Pennsylvania state law that required students to read and hear portions of the bible during homeroom. The protest ended in a lawsuit between Edward Schempp, Ellery's father, and the Abington School District in 1963 and the government of Pennsylvania.
This service will be delivered by lifelong Unitarian Universalist, physicist, and activist, Ellery Schempp. He will be delivering a sermon and offering a talk-back after the service.
Other speakers will be Mary Catherine Roper from the ACLU-PA, http://www.aclupa.org/, Margaret Downey of the Freethought Society, http://www.ftsociety.org/, and Janice Rael of Delaware Valley Americans United for Separation of Church and State, http://dvau.org.
Learn more about the case online: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abington_School_District_v._Schempp