Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Luncheon and Lecture: A New Definition of Religious Freedom: The Fraud of Fundamentalism
Bio: Since 1992, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. In addition to his work as a long-time activist and lawyer in the civil liberties field, Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, offering him a unique perspective on church-state issues.
An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Lynn has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to offer analysis of First Amendment issues. On the radio, Lynn serves as host of “Culture Shocks,” a daily look at various issues affecting society and the culture. In 2006, Lynn authored Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault On Religious Freedom (Harmony Books). In 2008 he coauthored (with C. Welton Gaddy) First Freedom First: A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Religious Liberty and the Separation of Church and State (Beacon Press).
A member of the Washington, D.C. bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. In addition, he received his theology degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1973. Lynn, who was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., lives in Chevy Chase, Md., with his family.
The Jefferson Educational Society Global Futures Summit IV is a 72-hour event that will feature nationally-recognized speakers discussing a broad range of current issues including politics, end-of-life care, and space exploration. The speakers are (in order of appearance): Columnist David Brooks; Civil Liberties Attorney Rev. Barry Lynn; Political Strategist Karl Rove; Election Analyst Norman Ornstein, Ph.D., Harvard College Professor of Astronomy Robert Kirshner, Ph.D., Pallative Care Advocate Ira Byock, M.D., and Journalist Barry Casselman.
TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE TO EACH GLOBAL SUMMIT EVENT. To register for these programs, please call the Jefferson Educational Society at 814-459-8000, or register online at www.JESERIE.org. Tickets are $20 per person - except for the lectures by David Brooks and Karl Rove, which are $25 per person. Students can attend any of these programs for $10 each (must present student id). The Jefferson Educational Society is located at 3207 State Street, in Erie, PA.