February 23, 2020 @ 11:00 am
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Road
NY 10471
Most weeks, voluntary donations are split between the work of the Society and an organization whose work in the world honors human worth.
Portrait of Bruce Knotts, white-presenting man in suit with bow tie

Bruce Knotts

In this country and in many others, women and the feminine in general are relegated to inferior status, inferior in pay, in responsibility, and in all aspects of life.  We pay a heavy price for this marginalization.  All of us suffer no matter what our gender, because when any of us is excluded or marginalized we all suffer.  Together with people of color, women and the feminine are everywhere subjected to violence.  When I refer to women and the feminine, I mean that feminine gay men are subjected to more violence than masculine gay men.  Wherever the feminine appears, there is irrational violence.  Our speaker will talk about remarkable six women he’s met who have gone beyond expectations.

Bruce Knotts is the Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. He joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. In 2004, Bruce was elected to the Board of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA). Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and joined the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office as its Executive Director at the beginning of 2008.

Music by Lindsey Wilson.

Ethics for Children meets concurrently with our Sunday programs. Please join us!

11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another.  We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30.  After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks.  Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!  

Our Ethics Matters theme for February is Resilience: The practice of flexibility and strength in responding to challenges.  “It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you take what happens to you.”  How do we become more resilient, expanding our window of tolerance, without that tolerance enabling injustice and pain?

Note on snow closings:  If the power is on, we’ll post a snow warning on our web page and on our Facebook page.  If the weather is iffy, please check before coming, and only come if it is safe to travel from where you are.

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