4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
There’s an old ethical argument, that beauty distracts us from fairness and justice. It often seems like we have to make a choice: save the world, or savor the world. Is it wasting our time to take a walk in the woods instead of writing one more letter to a decision-maker? Is it wasting our time to participate in one more march or demonstration when we could be stopping to smell the flowers?
At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. – Toni Morrison in Tar Baby
One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough. – Hafiz of Persia
In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty. – Phil Ochs
In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart. – Blaise Pascal
Spend all you have for loveliness, / Buy it and never count the cost… – Sara Teasdale
Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the relationship between ethics and beauty. The photo on this page is one that Jone took when stopping to smell, and really look at, the flowers.
Our Ethics Matters theme for June is beauty: the practice of savoring life’s gifts and appreciating inner beauty in ourselves and others.
11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30. After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!
Ethics for Children meets concurrently with our Sunday programs. Please join us!