Sources of Hope

Values From Our Past as We Build the Future

Text: Addressing the Whole Truth About America. Image: a white-gloved hand pulls aside an American flag to reveal those words. AEU logo at top left.This 106th Assembly of the American Ethical Union has addressed “the whole truth about America” where history has been triumphant for some and traumatic for others. How do we understand and reconcile such disparity? As we truthfully acknowledge imperfection and injustice, we also confront challenges that lie ahead and commit to building a more just and humane nation for all.  Let us also recognize underlying ethical values that animate efforts, throughout our history, to create “a more perfect union,” to elicit goodness from diverse peoples, to find and demonstrate hope.

We gather today virtually from across the country and around the world, something that was inconceivable when our nation began or when Felix Adler founded Ethical Culture in 1876.  Let us envision together and commit to building a nation of equity, decency, and compassion.  We will hear from future Ethical Culture Leaders who represent the future and inspire hope as we embrace the tasks ahead.


  • Anne Klaeysen, Leader Emerita of the New York Society for Ethical Culture
  • Robert Berson, Leader, Northern Westchester Society
  • Future Ethical Culture Leaders Greg Bonin, Christian Hayden, Louise Jett, and Sarah Tielemanns
  • Elizabeth Collier, Chair, AEU Leadership Committee

Music by Lindsey Wilson
Lindsey Wilson is a NYC singer-songwriter with a flare for nostalgia with her memorable mix of 70’s style urban folk rock and conscious lyrics. Throughout her musical career, Lindsey Wilson has embraced issues of the heart and mind within her original music. Love songs, protest tunes and lyrics of empowerment have all been a true representation of her style and sensibilities. Her songs “Stand for the People” and the “People Shall Rise” have caught the attention of culturally diverse audiences throughout the country. Lindsey‘s influences stem from a myriad of musically conscious voices such as Odetta, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Armatrading. However, Lindsey‘s message is truly her own.

Contributions to “Sunday Sharing” during August 2021 are shared between RYSEC and this month’s sharing partner.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
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Or join by phone:
Meeting ID: 843 0501 2216 code 1876
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) or +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) / +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) / +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) / +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) / +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) / +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) / find your local number

For July and August, 2021, we’ll be sharing platforms with several other Ethical Societies. You can attend via Zoom using the above information.


Aug 08 2021


America/New York
11:00 am



The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

Directions to the Ethical Society

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