Stories and Story-Telling

It’s November, and stories are part of this month. Whether thinking about writing fiction (#NaNoWriMo) or about the cultural stories of Thanksgiving and what they cover up, we understand the power of stories to tell truth or cover truth.

What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Healing?

Many people who come to an Ethical Culture Society come from an experience of another religion.  They sometimes leave because their old faith isn’t big enough for their new ideas, or because the old faith didn’t accept them as who they are, or because they came to...

Ethics Matters: Promises

This month’s theme is “promises.” What do promises have to do with ethics? They’re central!

Ethics Matters: Hospitality

Radical Hospitality and Ethical Culture – Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader In 1873, a young Felix Adler, recently returned from Germany with a doctorate in Semitics, spoke to his father’s congregation, Temple Emanuel, in New York City. Felix Adler was only 22 years...

Ethics Matters: Freedom and Delight

~ Jone Johnson Lewis As we move into full-tilt summer, please note that we’ll remain open on Sundays.  I encourage you to attend when you can, help create a welcoming atmosphere to the visitors we continue to get most Sundays, and also connect to your Ethical...

Ethics Matters: Blessings

The Good That Happens to Us and the Good We Do – Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader The whole concept of “deserve” is rooted in ancient ideas of reward and punishment, or concept of something that is owed to us – that the universe, or God, or other people are obligated...

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