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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...

Lessons from Women’s History

Lessons from Women’s History

Every time I present about the "Women of Ethical Culture" I am reminded of a general principle: that when we look at the history of any nation, culture, or movement from the perspective of the women or other historically-marginalized group, we see a more complete...

Ethical Relationships

Ethical Relationships

~ Jone Johnson Lewis I've been looking over pieces I wrote near the beginning of my Leadership career.  I often come across things where I've changed my mind substantially.  And I often come across things where I am surprised by the insights I had! Some people have...

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month 2021

I've been part of several antiracism and racial justice book groups over the past years, and have read a lot on my own, as well, especially since taking a course in African American history in college.  That course was the first time I encountered a course on history...

August 20, 1619: Still Important

August 20, 1619: Still Important

The New York Times still has online an incredible series titled 1619, which suggests that we have for too long paid attention just to the English-speaking men and a few women who came from over the seas to settle.  Well, not really about their settlement, either, if...

Community’s Challenges

Community’s Challenges

Being in community — especially a community committed to inclusion and diversity — can sometimes be challenging.  Henri Nouwen, a spiritual teacher and activist, once wrote that community is “the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.”

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