The League of Women Voters of Geneva is sponsoring a panel discussion about whether faith-based social welfare initiatives, also known as “charitable choice,” violate the constitutional separation of church and state. Panel members will include Jane Lynch, Ontario County commissioner of social services, Daan Zwick, New York Civil Liberties Union, Rochester office, and W. James Gerling, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva. The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of using government funds to provide social welfare services through religious organizations. The panel will be moderated by League board member, Barbara Roesch, and audience questions will be encouraged.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the Community Room of the Geneva Free Library at the corner of Castle and Main Streets. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.