Americans United for Separation of Church and State is one of my favorite charities, a leading national organization promoting church-state separation and individual freedom. Last year, they started Voices United, a nationwide series of grassroots house concerts and live shows that promote and celebrate the vital principle of church-state separation.
Last year, the St. Louis show was a house concert by Jan Marra. This year, I hoped for something bigger. I talked to the Ethical Society, my humanist community, about trying to get something together that could be larger than a house concert, but unfortunately nothing came together.
Then yesterday, I got an email from the Ethical Society that a Voices United concert will happen next week at the Society, with a performance by Roy Zimmerman. Apparently, it was a last-minute thing; a show in another city was canceled, and he reached out to the Ethical Society to see if he could do a gig here instead.
I’m really looking forward to this. I’ve seen Roy Zimmerman a couple times, and he’s both funny and touching. But I’m even more excited about the cause the concert supports: Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It’s such an important organization for the defense of our secular constitutional government.
This is an exciting convergence for me: a concert in St. Louis next week uniting a musician I like, a cause I care deeply about, and my community at the Ethical Society.