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‘Separation of Church and State in Early America’

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service topic will be “Separation of Church and State in Early America,” presented by Joan Ward. 

Ward points out that, “Our country has dealt with this issue from before it was born, with the very first Europeans to form colonies on American shores.  Depending on which group is most vocal, political leadership follows its sway.”

Ward will discuss an essay by John M. Barry in a recent issue of The Smithsonian Magazine: “God, Government and Roger Williams’ Big Idea.” 

It explains, “Banished from Massachusetts, the Puritan minister originated a principle that remains contentious to this day: the separation of church and state.”

Come hear how Williams started the settlement of Providence.  Learn about the significant dates of the debate in U.S. history and what some of our founders thought, including Thomas Jefferson, who noted his “reverence” for the First Amendment for, “building a wall of separation between church and state.”

Ward is treasurer of the Pagosah UU Fellowship, and is also on the board of directors of Chimney Rock Interpretive Association.  She uses her Ph.D. in nutrition planning menus for Loaves and Fishes, and is active with the Humane Society.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m., in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza.  Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.  

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