Carl Sagan on Mystery

Carl Sagan on Mystery

A post-platform discussion Sunday (December 9, 2018) included the question: What would Carl Sagan say about "mystery"? Here are a few quotes from Sagan on the topic: From Cosmos: Every aspect of Nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe....

Quick Guide to Forgiveness

Quick Guide to Forgiveness

In this fall season, with Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah on many minds, the topic of forgiveness often comes up.  What does forgiveness mean in Ethical Culture?  What is our responsibility to forgive? Felix Adler, founder of Ethical Culture, addressed forgiveness in An...

Worth and Dignity of Abusers

Worth and Dignity of Abusers

(from a short piece I wrote in 2003) I am often asked how I can have faith in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. If someone abuses you or others repeatedly, seriously, are they still persons of worth? Here's my quick summary of conclusions I've come...

Ethics in Action: Values to Action

Ethics in Action: Values to Action

If you want to "step up" your commitment and action, sometimes it helps to step back first and reflect.  Taking time to reconnect with your values when making ethical choices is one of the sources of strength if you want to "commit ethical action" more often and more...

Ethics in Action: Values to Action

Ethics in Action: Money and Time

Sometimes, the most effective way we can spend our time is to spend some money. More time than money? More money than time?  When you earn your money directly or indirectly through work, money is a kind of stored-up time. Gloria Steinem once suggested that you can...

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