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Rev. Steven Baines, Director of Religious Outreach in MN

April 27, 2013

The Minnesota Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomes AU’s Director of Religious Outreach, Reverend Steven Baines, to Minneapolis on the 27th and 28th of April.

Rev. Baines is responsible for the organization’s national engagement with and mobilization of people of faith. Before coming to AU, he served as Director of Interfaith Outreach at both the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and People For the American Way. He has also served as Executive Director for Equal Partners in Faith, a national interfaith organization committed to fighting racism, sexism, and homophobia. He is a national spokesperson and author on issues of faith and politics, religious liberty, and church & state separation. Steven has been featured debating leaders of the Religious Right and the so-called “ex-gay” movement on CNN, CSPAN, CCTV, Court TV, and numerous syndicated talk radio shows.

Steven is an expert in, and very outspoken about, the problems inherent in allowing political engagement by tax-exempt organizations by permitting them to endorse or oppose candidates or parties during an election. As a 501(c)3 organization ourselves, it can be frustrating to see organizations skirt the very rules that allow us to be tax-exempt as well, and either not understand or not face the consequences of these actions.

Saturday, April 27, 3pm to 5pm
“Are You Seeing Double? The Blurring of Religion and Politics in America.”

Southdale Public Library
7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435

Sunday, April 28, 930am
“The Perils of Politicized Pulpits”

First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve Avenue
Minneapolis Mn 55403

Sunday, April 28, 4pm to 6pm
Conversations with local faith leaders

4pm to 430pm: meet and greet, light refreshments
430 to 5pm: presentation by Steven
5pm to 6pm: Q&A
SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 W 28th St Minneapolis, MN 55408

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