What’s an Ethical Society For?

What is an Ethical Society for? We live in a larger world that increasingly encourages polarization, to privilege those who are already powerful while treating as disposable those who are not, and to economically value a narrow range of “productivity” over work that...

Inspired by Those Unlike Us

Alicia Garza wrote, “I’m so inspired when I see people who have a way that they do things, have a way that they think about the world, and they’re courageous enough to be open to listening to what the experiences are of so many of us who want to live...

Our Identity

Over the summer, I planned to present two Sunday platform talks on key foundations of our Ethical commitments:  to human worth and to human relationship.  The one on human worth has been presented (and is on our Facebook and YouTube pages as a recording), and the one...

Doing Our Part for Democracy

Democracy means rule of the people, where a majority can take action, while protecting the rights of vulnerable minorities.  But democracy doesn’t work if the people don’t speak up. There’s another election coming up this month in New York City.  I...

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...

Emotions: A Humanist and Ethical Culture Perspective

To be a humanist means in part to accept that we are human beings, not angelic beings or robots. We are messes of emotion and reason, and sometimes the two are hard to separate.  As Ben Franklin said (with updated language): “People are reasonable animals. We can find...

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