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Speaker to talk about separation of church and state

July 13, 2010

The Rev. Steven Baines will discuss "Fissures in the Mortar: A Crisis in Church-State Separation in America" Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the meeting hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown at 13245 Cearfoss Pike.

The program is free and open to the public.

Baines is religious outreach director for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

He has also served as director of interfaith outreach at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and People For the American Way and as executive director for Equal Partners in Faith, a national interfaith organization committed to fighting racism, sexism and homophobia.

Baines has served as senior pastor and associate minister in Southern Baptist churches in North and South Carolina. Since 1999, he has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is on the Chair of Elders at the National City Christian Church, at the denomination's national cathedral in Washington, D.C.

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Baines is a national spokesperson on issues of faith and politics and has been featured debating leaders of the Religious Right and the so-called "ex-gay" movement on CNN, CSPAN, Court TV and numerous syndicated talk radio shows.

For more information about this and other free events, go to http://www.uuhagerstownmd.org.

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