Author to speak on separation of church and state

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Susan Jacoby will speak on “Church-State Separation: Why the Founders’ Gift Still Stirs Up Trouble” at Third Unitarian Church 11 a.m. Sunday, April 13th.

This is the annual Rev. Donald H. Wheat Lecture.

Jacoby has been a contributor to national publications, including The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation and AARP Magazine.

Her book Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism was named a notable book of 2004 by The Washington Post and The New York Times. Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge (1984) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Raised in a Roman Catholic home, Jacoby learned that her father had been born into a Jewish family. Jacoby explored these roots in her 2000 book Half-Jew: A Daughter’s Search for Her Family’s Buried Past.

Her most recent book, The Great Agnostic about 19th-century freethinker Robert Ingersoll was reviewed in the New York Times March 10th, 2013.

Serving Oak Park and Chicago’s Far West Side, Third Unitarian is located at 301 N. Mayfield Ave., two blocks east and one block south of Austin Boulevard and Lake Street.

For more information, call (773) 626-9385.

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