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Online registration for the 2019 SCA Lobby Day & Evening Reception on the Hill

SCA Lobby Day – Friday, September 27

Become a political insider at the national conference that brings secular voices to the halls of Congress. Don’t miss the chance to receive hands-on lobby training from the experts to become a more effective advocate for secular values and to meet your members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill. In-person lobbying from constituents is still the most effective method for reaching elected officials. Now, more than ever, lawmakers need to hear from secular constituents (like you!).

Evening Reception on the Hill – Thursday, September 26

The evening before we head to Capitol Hill we will host our Annual Secular Evening Reception. At this event, we will honor the lawmakers and leaders who have shown courage fighting for secular values, nontheistic Americans, and the separation of church and state. Don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with the leaders of the secular movement and Members of Congress. Register now for this VIP event. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served at this event.

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*This is a tentative schedule that is subject to change*


Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building

7-9 PM

  • Welcome from Debbie Allen, acting executive director of the Secular Coalition for America
  • Guest speaker Rep. Jared Huffman CA-2 (D), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus



Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building

  • 8-8:15 AM: Breakfast and Opening Remarks
  • 8:15-8:45 AM: Presentation of the Herb Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 8:45-9 AM: Coffee break
  • 9-9:30 AM: Special speaker Barry A. Grant, Director of Outpatient Programs for the Hope House Treatment Center
  • 9:30-10:15 AM: Lobby Day Training with Jason Lemieux, Director of Government Affairs for the Center for Inquiry
  • 10:15 – 11 AM: Breakout sessions to practice and prepare for Congressional meetings
  • 11 AM-5 PM: Meetings on Capitol Hill

Looking for an additional secular activity?

Take an tour discovering the impact of Robert G. Ingersoll, “The Great Agnostic.”

Thursday 9/26, 1 PM and Saturday 9/28, 10 AM

Ingersoll was a 19th Century champion of Freethought, women’s rights, civil rights, and DC voting rights. This famous orator and critique of religion toured the US and delivered over 1,300  speeches to packed houses. Ingersoll lived and worked in Washington, DC for seven years. He practiced law, argued cases before the Supreme Court, lobbied Congress, and consulted with Presidents.

This tour will visit the sites of his former homes, one on Lafayette Square, and places where he worked and spoke in downtown Washington, DC. The tour can be previewed at the web site:

The walking tour is about 1 mile long and takes about two hours to complete. It is over city sidewalks and accessible. Children are welcome.

The tour will meet at the east side of Freedom Plaza – 13th and E St. NW. 

Note: this is a .8 mile or 20 minute walk from the Washington Plaza Hotel, if you are staying there. The tour will take us back in the direction of the Hotel and will end at: 14th and K Street NW, about 3 blocks from the Hotel. 

Please sign up or reserve a spot for your tour.