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Special Event: Ellery Schempp, Bible in Public Schools: 50 Years Later

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
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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,, Margaret Downey of the Freethought Society,, and Janice Rael of Delaware Valley Americans United for Separation of Church and State,

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  • Janice R.

    It was a humbling experience to be part of this important event. Thanks to everyone who came out to hear this service.

    2 · February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of church business. They are entitled. It's their church, but sure made it boring for an outsider.

    February 24, 2013

  • Janice R.

    The author of "Ellery's Protest" will be on hand to sign books!

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Janice R.

    oooh, people are coming to this, I'm so excited! I only have 5 minutes to talk, I'll try to make it great!

    1 · February 7, 2013

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