• Orange County, CA Chapter presents "LGBTQ Rights & Ethnic Studies in the Schools"

    LGBTQ Rights & Ethnic Studies in the Schools

    with guest speaker

    Allyson Damikolas, TUSD

    2:00 pm PT


    Growing up in a Latino family in West Covina, Allyson credits certain teachers and administrators with helping her discover and develop her aptitude for math and science, which inspired her to go to Cal Poly Pomona where she earned a degree in chemical engineering.

    Assuming her position on the school board amid a pandemic helped shape Allyson’s priorities. Not only has she focused on improving student performance and graduation rates, while strengthening sports, music, and technical education programs, she was a leading proponent for increased nursing staff and expanded access to food, dental services, and mental health support.

    A mother of three, including children with special needs, Allyson deferred her career as an environmental engineer to devote herself full time as a mother, advocate, and community volunteer. Allyson was previously active in leadership and civic affairs, having served as PTO President at Columbus Tustin Middle School and Beckman High School, on the Special Ed Community Advisory Board, and on the board of the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org; www.au-oc.org

  • Maryland Chapter Tabling at Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Festival -- Volunteers Wanted!

    The AU Maryland Chapter will have a table at

    Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Festival
    Saturday, October 9
    2pm – 6pm

    Concord Point Lighthouse
    700 Concord Street
    Havre de Grace, MD 21078

    We need a few volunteers to talk to people and distribute brochures.

    Sign up here to volunteer!

    We will be in booth # 48 (see https://ucbpride.com/). If you can't volunteer, please stop by the booth and say "hello!"

  • Maryland Chapter Monthly Meeting

    AU Maryland Chapter Monthly Virtual Meeting

    10/5/2021 8:00pm Eastern

    This is our monthly meeting, where we discuss the latest news in church-state separation and plan our events. We're an all volunteer led group dedicated to preserving the separation between religion and government. Join us for the meeting and become a volunteer too!

    Sign Up Here for the Meeting Link!

  • Orange County, CA Chapter Event featuring Phil Zuckerman speaking on "What It Means To Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life"

    AU-OC Presents: Professor Phil Zuckerman

    What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life

    2:00 pm PT

    Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is also a regular affiliated professor at Claremont Graduate University, and he has been a guest professor for two years at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

    Phil Zuckerman is a prolific author including “Living the Secular Life” and “What it Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life.” About Phil, David Brooks of the NY Times wrote ““As secularism becomes more prominent and self-confident, its spokesmen have more insistently argued that secularism should not be seen as an absence — as a lack of faith — but rather as a positive moral creed. Phil Zuckerman, a Pitzer College sociologist, makes this case as fluidly and pleasurably as anybody in his book, Living the Secular Life.”

    In 2011, Phil founded the first Secular Studies department in the nation. Secular Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on manifestations of the secular in societies and cultures, past and present. Secular Studies entails the study of non-religious people, groups, thought, and cultural expressions. Emphasis is placed upon the meanings, forms, relevance, and impact of political/constitutional secularism, philosophical skepticism, and personal and public secularity.

    Zoom Info: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89059045130?pwd=RVd5Y1IzVW1aQ2UySjg4S2pJQUdPQT09

    For more info visit www.au-oc.org or contact mail@au-oc.org.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter presents "Evolution in the Public Schools: Progress is Possible"

    Evolution in the Public Schools: Progress is Possible

    With guest speaker:

    Glenn Branch
    Deputy Director, NCSE

    Saturday, August 21, 2021
    2:00 pm Pacific Time

    Ever since the Scopes trial of 1925, the public has been fascinated by tales of creationism and evolution in the public schools. But what is in fact taught about evolution in the public schools these days? In his talk, Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education will discuss the results of a recent representative national survey of American public high school biology teachers and middle school science teachers. Among the important findings: while only a bare majority of high school biology teachers presented evolution as the scientific consensus in 2007, about two thirds of them did so in 2019. So, progress is possible!

    Glenn Branch is deputy director of the National Center for Science Education (www.ncse.ngo), a non-profit organization that supports and defends the teaching of evolution and climate change. He received the Evolution Education Award for 2020 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org; www.au-oc.org; 714-299-4551

  • Orange County, CA Chapter presents "Confronting Christian Nationalism"

    Confronting Christian Nationalism
    Facilitated by Rev. Nancy Brink

    2:00 pm PT


    Panel discussion from the Baptist Joint Committee

    This webinar is an exploration of how we are identifying and responding to the dangers of Christian nationalism in the wake of the January 6th insurrection. The panelists are The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church; The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Dr. Andrew L. Whitehead, Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org; 714-299-4551; www.au-oc.org

  • South Jersey AU Network Zoom Meeting

    Summer 2021 Court Decisions

    7:00 PM Eastern Time

    Please send an e-mail to Gloria at amgovern@aol.com for the Zoom link.

    This is an organizational meeting coupled with a discussion.

  • Maryland Chapter Tabling at Westminster Pride

    Booth at Westminster Pride


    We need a few people to talk to people and distribute brochures. If you are uncomfortable talking to people, you can help by bringing food and water, or you can assist with setup or cleanup.

    You can sign up on Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/churchandstate-33/events/278695562/) or by posting a comment to the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/550462766330111/). Please note in your response whether you can attend the entire event (12noon-6pm) or if not, the time frame you can cover.

    If you are interested in learning more about AU, this is an excellent opportunity to stop by our booth, take some brochures, and chat with us. More information about Westminster Pride Festival can be found on their website (https://www.westminsterpride.org/)

    For more info: Email aumd.info@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AUMaryland

  • Maryland Chapter Monthly Meeting

    Please join us online to discuss current events and plan activities. We are planning to attend multiple festivals in person and looking for volunteers.

    Meeting: https://meet.google.com/rja-dexs-igv

    For more info: 


  • Orange County, CA Chapter Event featuring Dannie Cesena on "Health Care Collaborations for the LBGTQ Community"

    Health Care Collaborations for the LBGTQ Community
    Presented by
    Dannie Cesena

    2:00 pm PDT

    Zoom link
    Meeting ID: 980 3467 8918
    Passcode: 593835

    Dannie Ceseña has over 15 years of experience working with non-profits in program development and advocacy. He has extensive knowledge in creating TGNCI (Transgender, Gender Nonconforming People & Intersex) healthcare collaborations utilizing upstream interventions and addressing the root cause of lack of access to TGNCI affirming health care. His knowledge and leadership have assisted in the creation of two TGNCI community health care clinics, and a monthly TGNCI legal clinic, in Orange County CA. Dannie has become a trusted leader in LGBTQ health among partners in the California Tobacco Control Program. He is responsible for building We Breathe: Supporting Tobacco-Free LGBTQ Communities from the ground-up, and has established the program as a leader statewide, nationally, and even internationally. 

    He has provided leadership and guidance for LGBTQ organizations who are new to working with the Department of Public Health, helping them navigate the complicated bureaucracy and ensuring LGBTQ project staff always have a place to turn with their questions and concerns. He is in high demand to present on LGBTQ health at trainings, meetings, and conferences throughout the country, and internationally.

    He is a graduate of CSU Long Beach with Bachelor Degrees in English and Political Science, and is a graduate of National University with a Master Degree in Public Health. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife and dog.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org or visit our website at www.au-oc.org