December 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
4450 Fieldston Road
NY 10471
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Reverence and Awe: Ethical Practice @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture

From the ancient Greeks we get the concept of reverence — deep honor and respect — as a key ethical concept. Religions had ceremonies and observances, which at their worst become merely repetition by rote. Reverence was about something deeper, more real, more vital, more connected.  Reverence is tied to awe, which can inspire wonder or fear, and a sense of perspective, where we are not at the center of the universe, yet are infinitely interconnected with it.  Reverence makes ethical living more than just following rules. Albert Schweitzer’s “reverence for life” is one such ethical practice. What is worth our reverence?

Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on the humanist meanings of awe and reverence.

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 December is Awe: the practice of reverence and appreciation for the wonders we experience.

Update: here is the platform talk, core of the Sunday meeting.

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