Charles Sumner

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Charles Sumner is a resident of Nashville, Tennessee, whose interest in church-state problems began while he was a college student. He is a graduate of Cornell University. A long-time member of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Charles has served on their National Advisory Council, and has been a chapter president in Rochester, NY and Nashville, TN. 

Charles is a former elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and now attends a Unitarian Church.  In Rochester, he was chair of the local Interfaith Impact for 60 Presbyterian churches and those of several other denominations. 

He was a member of Monroe Citizens for Public Education and Religious Liberty, and he was also co-chair of the Monroe Coalition for Democracy.  He is recipient of an award from the Tennessee Alliance for Progress.  

Charles believes with Thomas Jefferson that religious liberty belongs to "...the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination."


Charles is well versed in church-state topics and can speak to a number of our issues including:

The History of Religious Freedom in America
The Declaration Of Independence
Others Upon Request