Sunrise on the ocean, sun barely above the horizon


Thoreau offered the opinion that “Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”  What does awakening mean, in our Ethical Culture context?  Thoreau, in his classic Walden, describes the experience of awakening this way:  “Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself… The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour… some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night.”  And of course he meant it not only literally — that we awaken in the morning — but metaphorically — that we can be open to a kind of awareness every day.  Or, we can metaphorically continue to slumber, even if literally awake.

RYSEC Leader Jone Johnson Lewis will reflect on some meanings of this month’s theme of Awakening.

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Apr 24 2022


America/New York
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Jone Johnson Lewis
    Jone Johnson Lewis

    Jone Johnson Lewis serves the Society as Leader (clergyperson). She has been an Ethical Culture Leader since 1991, and has been at Riverdale-Yonkers since 2015. She speaks at the Society once or twice a month, bringing together current issues, personal challenges, and ethical ideas.


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:

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