Barry Lyon to Speak in Reston

CONTACT: Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner,

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Minister’s Salon with the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State for 25 years

(Reston, VA) – The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston will welcome the Rev. Dr. Barry W. Lynn, former Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, to the Minister’s Salon on October 17, from 7:30 - 9:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (1625 Wiehle Avenue, Reston, Virginia). Rev. Lynn will share his perspectives on religious freedom and the current political context in the United States. 

From 1992 until his retirement in 2017, Rev. Lynn served as Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In addition to his work as a long-time activist and lawyer in the civil liberties field, Rev. Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, offering him a unique viewpoint on church-state issues.

An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Rev. Lynn has appeared frequently on radio broadcasts and television to debate and discuss First Amendment issues. Rev. Lynn writes frequently on religious liberty issues and has had essays published in outlets such as USA TodayThe Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal and The Nation

In 2006, Rev. 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). His latest book is God & Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience (Prometheus Books), published in 2015.

Members of the public are invited to attend this interesting and thought-provoking event. Advance registration requested by Friday, October 12. To learn more about Rev. Lynn and to register, visit


For almost 50 years, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston has been a progressive, vibrant and active congregation serving individuals and families in Reston, Herndon and surrounding areas. UUCR welcomes people of all ages, sexes, races, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, classes, abilities, languages, and cultural backgrounds.