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DVAU Third Church-State Issues Symposium

DVAU Third Church/State Issues Symposium sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State



When: Saturday 20 April 2013, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106



9:00 – 9:20 INTRODUCTION, Ed Joyce, President, Delaware Valley Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church & State

9:20 – 9:45 THE USE AND ABUSE OF RELIGION IN POLITICS AND THE 2012 ELECTIONS, J. Brent Walker, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee, Washington, D.C.

9:50 – 10:15 THE PROPER ROLE FOR RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE, Sara Hutchinson, Domestic Programs Director, Catholics for Choice, Washington, D.C.

10:15 – 10:25 Break

10:25 – 10:50 CONTRACEPTION AND THE COURTS, Greg Lipper, Senior Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Washington, D.C.

10:55 – 11:20 GOD V. SEBELIUS: HOW THE SHIELD OF LIBERTY BECAME A SWORD, Rev. Nathan C. Walker, Columbia University and First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

11:25 – 12:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THREE 800 POUND GORILLAS HAVE ATTACKED CHURCH/STATE SEPARATION, Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church & State, Washington, D.C.

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 1:40 ABORTION, PERSONHOOD AND CHURCH-STATE SEPARATION, Lloyd Steffen, Professor, Department of Religion Studies, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

1:45 – 2:10 THE CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER MOVEMENT: TAXPAYER-FUNDED PROSELYTIZATION?, Sofia Resnick, Investigative Reporter, The American Independent, Washington, D.C.

2:15 – 2:40 THE DECLINE OF THE REAGAN COALITION AND STRUGGLES OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor, Political Science Department, University of Pennsylvania

2:40 – 2:50 Break

2:50 – 3:15 ARE WE ALL REALLY MOSTLY RELIGIOUS?, Bruce Ledewitz, Professor, Duquesne Law School, Pittsburgh, PA

3:20 – 3:45 FREEDOM OF, FOR, AND FROM RELIGION, Rev. Thomas Beers, Pastoral Partner, Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA

3:50 – 4:15 RECLAIMING THE FOUNDERS, Michael Meyerson, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law and Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD

4:15 – 5:00 Open Discussion with the Speakers

Read the full Program with Abstracts on our site,

Parking: Onsite garage located on Race Street between 5th and 6th. Cost: $9. Accessible by SEPTA, the 6th and Race stop is right across the street.

Lunch: Cafeteria available onsite

Free and Open to the Public


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  • Janice R.

    The video is still online, for the next week or so!

    May 12, 2013

  • Ed J.

    Thanks to all the church/state advocates who attendend. Without you it would not have been the success that it was!

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Caitlyn B.

      It is always a fantastic event with wonderful, intelligent, thoughtful speakers. I wish I could have stayed to the end. Thank you for sponsoring the event!

      1 · April 21, 2013

  • Gary G.

    A terrific lineup of eloquent and interesting speakers presenting important and timely information. I'm already looking forward to next year's symposium! Kudos to the local chapter folks for bringing this invaluable resource to the Philadelphia.

    1 · April 20, 2013

    • Janice R.

      Thank you so much, Gary! DVAU's Ed Joyce is the main organizer of the Symposium, share your kind words with him! All of the speakers were great. I am halfway through watching the Livestream video, it was really great.

      April 21, 2013

  • Janice R.

    Here is the link to the video of the Symposium!

    April 20, 2013

  • Gloria

    We were only able to stay for three speakers, including the Reverend Barry Lynn, and it was excellent. I have a few pithy quotes I can use in letters to the editor about vouchers, and of course the issue of corporations being exempted from including birth control in their workers medical care coverage. I am incredibly pleased that it was recorded and i will be able to access it at a later date.

    1 · April 20, 2013

  • Janice R.

    All of the details about the Symposium are on our website! Don't forget that several of our speakers are authors, who will have their books available in the National Constitution Center bookstore. Or you can bring yours to be signed!

    April 18, 2013

  • Gloria

    Incredible venue-great topics and speakers. I am looking forward to this.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Gloria

    I am so looking forward to this. The last one had GREAT speakers, and the venue is inspiring. One just looks out the window across the mall to Constitution Hall (Independence Hall) and remembers our Founding Fathers

    1 · March 21, 2013

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