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Americans United
of
San Antonio
P. O. Box 100806
San Antonio, TX 78201-8806

 
Board of Directors
 
Eric F. Lane, President
Joe Brake, Vice-President
Philip T. Valente, Secretary
Richard C. Waits, Treasurer
Nick Lee
Rhett Smith
R. J. Fields, Jr., Web outreach
 
Board Meets every 3rd Monday
6:00 P.M.
 
2803 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio
[inside the gates of the
Primrose at Monticello
Park Senior Apartments]
 
Meetings are free and
open to the public
 
General Assembly
7:00 P.M.
3rd Tuesday of
Jan., Apr., July, & Oct.
Location TBA
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The primary goal of Americans United is to educate the American public regarding the importance of the separation of church and state.

 

To achieve this important goal, the San Antonio Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State vigorously pursues the following objectives--

 

Nurture long-term relationships with local media sources.  Work efficiently and ernestly to enable the chapter become a reliable source of church/state expertise.

Maintain a Speakers Bureau that actively works to develop effective speaking topics, train speakers, establish local and regional speaking engagements, and provide speakers with pertinent resources.

Educate local and regional legislative members through mailings, telephone conversations and/or meetings to discuss or present important church/state issues.

Sustain community networking by becoming involved with other organizations or activities that have an affinity to the goals and purposes of AUSA.

Publicize the San Antonio chapter and chapter events.

Increase membership and meeting participation by offering excellent guest speakers at general meetings, offering special events and a membership-wide dedication to acquiring new members.

Expand outreach and education of faith based groups to include the formation of clergy networks and the mobilization of communities of faith.

 

Individuals who become members of AUSA join with thousands of people throughout this country who view the separation of church and state as the founding principle upon which our democracy rests.  Your single voice is multiplied as Americans United works on the important issues confronting it each day.  Members of the San Antonio Chapter receive a subscription to Church & State magazine, access to a national and grassroots network of church/state activists and the ability to have their voices heard in the national struggle for the separation of Church and State.

AU FoundersAmericans United for Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, political and educational leaders.  At that time, proposals were pending in the U.S. Congress to extend government aid to private religious schools.  Many Americans opposed this idea, insisting that government support for religious education would violate church-state separation.  The decision was made to form a national organization to promote this point of view and defend the separation principle.

 

AU believes that all Americans have the constitutional right to practice the religion of their choice -- or refrain from taking part in religion -- as individual conscience dictates.  The government must remain neutral on religious questions.  This has been a guiding principle of Americans United since the organization was founded.

 

Today, Americans United is based in Washington, D.C. with a professional staff of more than 40 employees.  AU’s current executive director, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, is a United Church of Christ minister as well as an attorney long active on behalf of civil liberties. Through the years, many members of the clergy have been involved in the work of Americans United.  However, AU is officially a non-sectarian and non-partisan organization. AU is happy to work with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Humanists and those who profess other religious beliefs or no belief.  We welcome Democrats, Republicans, Independents and those of other political affiliations who share our belief in the separation principle.

 

As the San Antonio chapter of Americans United, we are proud to be part of the grassroots presence that brings together over 65,000 individuals and almost 3,000 groups of varying religious and non-religious viewpoints to publicly guard the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.  Members of AU respect and uphold the right of all people to practice or not practice religion as they choose, without government interference.  Our nation’s heritage of religious freedom, made possible by the separation of church and state, is unique in the world.  Unless we are vigilant, we risk losing that freedom.  Our primary goal, therefore, is to educate the American public regarding the importance of the separation of church and state.