The Good Life: Finding Ethical Community

Relationships are part of what makes us happy and healthy, and able to participate in constructive ways in the world.  Finding an ethical community like this Ethical Culture Society is one way that some find the friends they need after transitions in life.  Have you...

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...

Responding to Attacks on Inclusion and Democracy

Our hearts are heavy after last week’s three major hate attacks: the shooting of two African American elders in Kentucky, after the shooter had first attempted to enter a black church he found locked;  the pipe bombs sent to major political figures in perhaps...

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

(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...

Holidays at the Turning of the Year

At the time of the turning of the year, a question I often get asked by people outside of Ethical Culture is, “What kind of holidays does an Ethical Society celebrate?” Or, sometimes more specifically, “What do you do about Christmas?” When I...

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