Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Officers Begin Two-Year Term

(OKLAHOMA CITY) The Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State (, held its annual membership meeting in September where it elected three new officers and returned one incumbent for two-year terms.

Elected president was John Loghry. John holds two Master’s degrees, one in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Seminary School of Psychology, and one in Depth (or Deep) Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is completing a PhD in Depth Psychology. His dissertation work is focused on artificial intelligence and its potential to critique and advance epistemological frames. He is a member of AOK (the Atheists of Oklahoma) and the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies. His research interest is the psychology of religion, specifically what underlying factors cause certain religious behaviors, and he will be presenting a paper on this subject at a meeting of AOK in October.

The new vice-president will be Sophia Hernandez who is employed at OETA . She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Film and Video Studies with a minor in philosophy. Ms.Hernandez looks forward to being a part of OKAU's healthy participation in honoring the First Amendment's separation of church and state.

The office of secretary will be held by Aimee Breeze. Aimee is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and is a member of the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and American Atheists. Ms. Breeze is a Piping Designer for Chesapeake Energy. Her family includes two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Elected to another term as treasurer is Damion Reinhardt who is very active in atheist events in Oklahoma City and is the host of Oklahoma Atheists Godcast available on its website or iTunes.

The Oklahoma City chapter is considered one of the more active and influential chapters in the national organization. Annual events include a January legislative preview of proposed bills in the Oklahoma Legislature, a Spring Dialogue that discusses current events regarding First Amendment separation issues and a formal debate that provides some transparency on civil and religious viewpoints.

All of the OKAU chapter's events are open to the public.

Americans United For Separation of Church and State (AU) is a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Americans United represents over 70,000 individual members and 5,000 churches and other houses of worship nationwide.

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