Leader’s Blog

The Spirit of Play

The Spirit of Play

Our "ethics matters" theme for June has been "play," although I think of that more as an over-arching theme for June, July, and August.  Like other mammals, we play when we are young -- and sometimes when we are not so young.  What are you doing to keep the spirit of...

Making Life Better

Making Life Better

It happened more than 20 years ago, but I can remember it like it was yesterday.  One of those moments so powerful, yet so simple. I was driving down a city street I’d driven down hundreds of times before. The light was green, and I drove through it.  I think I’m always mindful when I’m driving of what’s going on around me, even when the light is green.

The Story of Love

The Story of Love

I've been thinking a lot about love lately.  Not the kind of intimate partner love (though I'm glad to have that in my life), but the expansive love that is wider than our personal relationships.  The Revolutionary Love conference reminded me again of the power of...

Hate Has No Home Here

Hate Has No Home Here

Writing as the Leader of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, I am saddened at the outbreak of antisemitism over the last few days, as synagogues and Jewish centers were vandalized, including the latest incident Sunday night.  As I write this, it seems...

A Lifetime of Becoming

A Lifetime of Becoming

This week, I thought I'd share some personal reflections on "becoming." Many of you will have your own stories, and maybe (since May is "story" month at RYSEC) you might also consider putting your story of becoming into writing.  Or digital words. You can become...

To Become, Let It Go

To Become, Let It Go

If you've got young children at home -- especially if they're girls -- you likely have heard the "Let It Go" song from the musical Frozen a few hundred times. Demi Lovato also recorded a pop version.  If you don't know the song, there's a version included below. The...

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

"The base of all things is love, respect." -- Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo In 1992, almost 30 years ago and near the beginning of my work as an Ethical Culture Leader, I attended a workshop supposedly about "Native American Spirituality and Lore."  Because I'd...

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