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:
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ESWoW Community Call
Sunday, December 16, 2012
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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,
I know it's a stretch, but here is a platform about monsters.
From the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, presents "The Sleep of Reason Gives Rise to Monsters: America Divided", on Sunday June 24, 2012.
Not only is it spooky for the monsters, but it's relevant to the upcoming election.
- From the Leader – Remembering Rose Walker, Report and Reflections on the AEU Assembly
- Community Call – Interdependence/Reflections on the AEU Assembly
- Dialogue Group Call - Life's Big Questions
- From Around the Movement – Howard Radest - A Lifetime in Ethical Culture
From the Leader
Susan has two blogs for you to read - one about long-time Ethical Culturist and ESWoW member Rose L. Walker who died on June 17, 2011, and one a report and reflection on the recent American Ethical Union Assembly.
Our Community Calls are a way for us to connect with each other, to hear each others' voices, to learn more about Ethical Culture. This week, on July 3, 2011 we will be discussing the topic of Interdependence and include in that a report and reflection on the recent AEU Assembly and how we are interconnected with the AEU and other societies.
The calls take place on the first and third Sunday of each month at 12m PT, 1pm MT, 2pm CT, and 3pm ET. The number for the call is 866-740-1260 and the access code is 5766842#. We ask for safety reasons that participants in our calls not drive while on our calls. Please invite others who might be interested to join us. Read more »
This reading is a Platform Address that Joe Chuman gave at the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County (NJ) in 2005. Ethical Culture and the Ongoing Quest for Social Justice is available on the webiste of the Bergen Society.
Dr. Joseph Chuman has been the Leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ since 1974. He is also part of the team of Leaders at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Dr. Chuman frequently lectures to public audiences on a broad range of social and philosophical issues.
As an activist, Dr. Chuman has worked on behalf of human rights, civil liberties and in opposition to the death penalty, as well as many other progressive causes. He has recently initiated a sanctuary program for asylum seekers detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, NJ. 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.
CHARGE TO THE LEADERS
AEU ASSEMBLY June 2010
Friends, we are witness to an historic moment in the career of The Ethical Culture Movement. This morning we are honored to formally welcome Hugh Taft-Morales, Mary Herman and Amanda Poppei into Ethical Culture leadership. They are three individuals of remarkable intelligence and exemplary dedication to the ideals and mission of Ethical Culture.
It is altogether appropriate that we are witnesses to this event because in our democratic movement, it is we, the members of Ethical Culture, who ultimately validate the status of those we choose to lead us, recognizing that by leading, they also serve.
Ethical Culture is the only so-called “religion of humanity” founded in the nineteenth century that has survived into the twenty-first. And it has done this without the fixed points of sacred scriptures, immutable dogmas, timeless rituals or an unchanging deity as an object of worship. I believe Ethical Culture has endured for more than 134 years because of a lineage of inspired men and women, such as these, who have been captivated by its ideals and who have committed their vocational lives to the timeless ideals that lie at the center of Ethical Culture’s mission. Read more »