All of America was shocked by the shooting at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012. Many are profoundly saddened, others angry. No doubt members of Ethical Culture communities feel either or both emotions.
As we work through the pain, here is are some thoughts from the New York Society:
Also please consider participating:
ESWoW Community Call
Sunday, December 16, 2012
5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET.
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Reflecting on the Killings in Connecticut
An opportunity for people to share thoughts and feelings in a community of support. The killings in Newtown, CT on Friday, Dec. 14 were horrific. How do we respond? What do we do? How do we make changes so that these repeated mass killings do not continue to occur? What factors in our society contribute to these shootings?
Please join on us on this call to share your responses and possible plans for action.
Yours in ethical friendship,
- Around the Ethical Movement - Anne Klaeysen, Bart Worden
- Community Call - SUNDAY, April 22, 2012 - with Bart Worden
- American Ethical Union Assembly - June 14- 17
Around the Ethical Movement:
Two colleagues have had articles published recently and I share them both with you.
Anne Klaeysen, Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and a recent presenter for an ESWoW Community Call, was published in the NY Times Room for Debate Forum. Her article, "The Founders Preferred E Pluribus Unum," addresses the language found on all US currency. Here's part of what Anne wrote:
The cost is only part of the problem with U.S. currency. As a religious humanist, I am more concerned with the words imprinted on every coin and bill in the United States: “In God We Trust,” a motto that the House of Representatives recently saw fit to reaffirm in a resolution that cited “a crisis of national identity.” A far more inclusive motto, “E pluribus unum,” proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in 1776, also appears on all of our coins and some of our bills.
Please take a look at the full article and add a comment if you'd like. Read more »
- From the Leader - Teaching Evolution is Important
- ESWoW Community Call - Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 with Anne Klaeysen
- Ethical Action - Ethical Action Reports
- From Around the Movement - American Ethical Union Assembly - Save the Date
- Closing Words - A. Eustace Haydon
From the Leader
For Darwin Day this year, Susan Rose focuses on Teaching Evolution and how important science education is.
ESWoW Community Call - February 19, 2012
An Update on the Evolution Wars
Presidential candidates who don't believe in evolution. School districts trying to give equal weight to teaching "intelligent design." Why is science important to Ethical Culturists? Are there connections between science and poetry?
Please join the ESWoW Community call with guest Dr. Anne Klaeysen, one of the Leaders of the NY Society for Ethical Culture. Anne spoke at the NY Society on Feb. 5, 2012 on "Inherit the Wind" Revisited: An Update on the Evolution Wars (video) in honor of Darwin Day (Feb. 12). She will join us to discuss these current day concerns about science, evolution and public policy. I just listened to this Platform and appreciate Anne's combination of good science, clear analysis and poetry.
Please join us on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET.
The number to join the call is 866-740-1260, access code 5766842#. This call will last one hour.
For safety reasons we ask that you not drive while participating in ESWoW calls. Read more »
- From The Leader - Occupy the Courts
- From Around the Movement - Anne Klaeysen - Occupy Wall Stree is Alive and Well!
- Ethical Action - What are you doing for MLK Day this year?
- Community Call - Sunday, February 5, 2012 - Lois Kellerman, Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture
From The Leader
Susan Rose writes about Move to Amend - Occupying the Courts.
From Around the Movement
To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday, Anne Klaeysen, Leader of the NY Society for Ethical Culture invited participants in Occupy Wall Street for a panel discussion at the NY Society. As Anne tells us in the introduction, the Occupy movement is alive and well, and we in Ethical Culture can find a variety of ways to "occupy."
ESWoW Community Call
Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture with Lois Kellerman This call needed to be rescheduled and now will take place on February 5, 2012. 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, and 8pm ET. 866-740-1260 access code 5766842#.
Join us to explore these important concepts of Ethical Culture with the developer of Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture, Leader Lois Kellerman. Please let others know about this special opportunity.
Maintain U. S. Opposition to Torture
(from the AEU Ethical Action Report)
There are two disturbing signs that torture is creeping back into U. S. military and security affairs. Lawmakers are considering an Read more »
- From the Leader - Remembering Len Weis
- Community Call - Len Weis Memorial
- Ethical Action - Ethical Action Reports
- American Ethical Union Assembly - June 16-19 in Columbus, OH
- Around the Ethical Movement - Anne Klaeysen - Ethics and Poetry
Remembering Len Weis
Len Weis was a lifelong Ethical Culturist, and an active ESWoW member. Susan wrote a remembrance of Len, including some words from Len about what ESWoW meant to him.
Our Community Call on May 15 will be a memorial service for Len Weis. Members of Len's family will join us as we remember and celebrate the life of this man who gave so much of himself, to Ethical Culture, to ESWoW and the world. Please join us at 2pm Central Time, which is 12m Pacific, 1pm Mountain, and 3pm Eastern. The number to join the call is 866-740-1260 and the access code is 5766842#.
Ethical Action Reports
This month's Ethical Action Reports focus on the Employment Non-Descrimination Act, Defending the Rights of Muslims and several other issues. Follow this link to open a pdf of the full report and suggested actions.
American Ethical Union Assembly
The AEU's annual Assembly is an opportunity to gather with Ethical Culturists from around the country - to share ideas, learn together, sing together, to be inspired about living more ethical lives. This year, the Assembly takes place in Columbus, OH from June 16-19. See the program and register for the Assembly. Both Hugh and Susan will be presenting workshops at the Assembly. Read more »
Philosophical Foundations of Ethical Culture
David Sprintzen's address to the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester on Sunday Jan. 17, 2010
Foundations of Ethical Culture: Ethical Culture History
Dr. Howard Radest
Sustainable Living and Ethical Culture
New York Society for Ethical Culture Sunday Address
January 24, 2010
Reclaiming Ethical Culture Spirituality
Anne Klaeysen, Leader, NY Society for Ethical Culture.
Anne gives us a guided meditation for the opening words of this Platform. She shares on the distinctive niche Ethical Culture fills in the world. You can find her talk on the website of the Ethical Society of Northern Westchester (in NY) (http://www.esnw.org/Main.html). You can then select Listen to ESNW Lectures in the left-hand column and find Anne's talk on that page.
hile this Platform Address includes many references specific to NY, including Anne's experience of starting her internship to become an Ethical Culture Leader on September 11, 2001, it also has many concepts which are universal to all in Ethical Culture, perhaps the world. Anne touches on aspects of how we interact with each other, fitting in well with our topic today of eliciting the best in others and ourselves.